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Real User
User at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The product is easy to put in place, all backups are done very quickly, and it's easy to perform restores. What I prefer in the product is its simplicity. No useless… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I was surprised to see how well the Cohesity appliances performed and how easy the setup was. After a couple of hours, the cluster was up, and we were able to take backup… more»

What needs improvement?

Currently, the product is lacking some features like BMR and backup for the cluster, but I think these are things that would be added in a few months.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is fair for what the product does, compared to our previous solution, it's even cheaper. We will also save a lot of money on the support as we had a lot of issues… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The solution we had before was not very reliable, not scalable, and the security was poor.

What other advice do I have?

Cohesity offers the possibility to do a free POC, so if you have any doubt, try it, and I am sure you will see a lot of their advantages.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also checked Commvault and Rubrik. Commvault was also a very complete solution but much more difficult to put in place. Also, the lack of hyperconvergence on the… more»
FrancoisLepage
Real User
User
Sep 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the instant mass restore of VMs. I am able to restore VMs in a few minutes. The other great thing is the Google search, as it helps a lot and accelerates the restore… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has given us a three-fold performance increase.

What needs improvement?

Being able to take a backup of OneDrive and Sharepoint in Office 365 would be great. It is in the Roadmap, but we would like to see it in the next release of this solution. This solution is only… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our previous solution which was Quest Rapid Recovery. We switched because of the performance, which is three times better with Cohesity.

What other advice do I have?

The software is running by itself! It was a very great acquisition for us.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to choosing this solution, we evaluated Rubrik and Commvault.
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Brian Critchlow
Real User
Systems Administrator at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 18 2018

What is most valuable?

SQL backup and recovery is our favorite feature. We use it for test and dev as well, so we can run test scripts on production data. We also like that we can use production… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Instead of four different solutions for protecting VMs, physical servers, SQL, and NAS, we now have one solution with Cohesity that is lightning fast and has amazing… more»

What needs improvement?

I can't wait for native bare metal recovery. It would also be great to add SQL Object Level restore, so user objects, tables, etc. can be restored without having to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is per node and per protected terabyte. You will also pay 10-15% annually for support.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

* VMware Data Protection * CrashPlan * Windows Backup * Local MSSQL backups

What other advice do I have?

If SQL is in heavy use at your location, I would highly recommend narrowing your PoC testing to Cohesity and Rubrik. They will be competitive on pricing with each other… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did extensive testing with four different competitive vendors. * Infrascale * Unitrends * Rubrik
Jason Stallings
Real User
Data Center Technician at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 10 2018

What is most valuable?

This tool is very straightforward and clean. The menus are not over complicated or cluttered. I have very little experience with backups, but Cohesity has made it simple… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cohesity will save us money, time, and manpower. We will have quick redundancy to AWS for our Cohesity node. I am new to backups and I have been able to quickly learn the… more»

What needs improvement?

Cohesity is working on this, however, I would like to see a more expanded KB section. They have created a few videos also, more would be great. Their documentation is also… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

During your implementation stage, make sure you have a good Cohesity rep. Ours had completed over 200 implementations. He was very knowledgeable.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used NetBackup. We are tired of using tapes and Cohesity has the features that we're interested in.

What other advice do I have?

At this time I don't, as I learn more I will update my review.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Rubrik was the main tool we looked at.
Panav D Sharma
User
Quality Engineer II at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 15 2018

What is most valuable?

* Restoring the backed up VMs directly on vCenter through API integration, which is lightening fast. * Integration with cloud storage, like S3 from AWS and Pure Storage. * The four independent node cluster architecture is redundant. It maintains data integrity and load balancing.

How has it helped my organization?

Cohesity is a cost-effective storage designed for secondary or archival data. It also integrates well with a number of other systems, like VMware, Pure Storage, or AWS with its large array of APIs available to the user. Backing up VMs, indexing data, and restoring data can be lightening fast. At the… more»

What needs improvement?

Since it is an evolving product, there are lot of frequent releases which require upgrades to be done every other weekend.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were looking to replace multiple backup solutions for physical servers and VMware virtual machines. Cohesity has been a one stop solution for us.
User
Lead Storage Administrator with 10,001+ employees
Jan 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Converged system. It makes much more sense to have the backup server running on the same hardware as the storage for backup and recovery. This reduces the complexity of the environment and ensures… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cohesity will reduce the complexity of our backup and recovery system. Our current system requires us to set up and maintain many proxy servers to facilitate the backups. Cohesity does not need this… more»

What needs improvement?

Add the ability to delete View Boxes and External Targets in the GUI. Currently, once you setup a View Box or External Target, there is no way to remove them (if you set these up for testing, for… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Setup was extremely easy from racking to backing up was about one hour.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Yes, we did. Cohesity out performs our old system at a reduced cost as well.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we also evaluated Rubrik.
Real User
User
Nov 13 2018

What is most valuable?

We love the near-instant recovery windows, as well as the ability to sync our latest backups to amazon web services for offsite DR.

How has it helped my organization?

We no longer need to use tape storage, which saves us many hours of effort managing them. Additionally, we have a very responsive environment for recoveries and test/dev.

What needs improvement?

We don't love the Exchange integration, it works fine but requires a third-party application called Kroll. We'd rather have a built-in solution to manage Exchange messages/DB level restores such as… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for, and it is really an all-in-one solution.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We've used multiple solutions in the past, most recently Veeam for VMware backup and doing long-term archiving to tape. We liked the built-in dedupe/compression features of Cohesity, the near-instant… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

ExaGrid and sticking with Veeam.
User
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company
Feb 27 2018

What is most valuable?

The dashboard is very easy to use. It is also very easy to determine which VMs are being backed up and which ones aren't. This is helpful to make sure nothing is being missed.

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to focus on other aspects in IT. No longer does it take several hours to backup a VM or troubleshoot a backup issue.

What needs improvement?

We are waiting on the AIX agent to be released. We are also waiting for SQL Clustering to go from testing to live.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cohesity came in at the best price. Setup was included and done in half a day.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used EMC Data Domain and NetWorker. We switched because of cost, but also because of how hard it is to use EMC products. We do not need separate VMs with Cohesity to back up.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Rubrik as well as Veeam.
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What is Cohesity?

Distributed scale-out platform: Replace individual storage appliances with a web-scale platform. Ensure high-availability, pay as you grow by scaling performance and capacity linearly, and eliminate expensive forklift upgrades.

Hyperconverged nodes: Bring compute to your data instead of moving copies of data to the compute. Run secondary data workflows including data protection, test / dev and analytics directly on the Cohesity platform. Accelerate IO performance with SSD caching.

Support for backups, files and test / dev copies: Consolidate your secondary data on the Cohesity platform with support for NFS and SMB interfaces. Consolidate backups, files, and test / dev copies.

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