Compare Cohesity vs. NetApp SnapCenter

Cohesity is ranked 5th in Backup and Recovery Software with 21 reviews while NetApp SnapCenter which is ranked 10th in Backup and Recovery Software with 21 reviews. Cohesity is rated 9.6, while NetApp SnapCenter is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Cohesity writes "The product is easy to put in place and all backups are done very quickly". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp SnapCenter writes "Takes minutes for it to completely rebuild and restore a VM". Cohesity is most compared with Rubrik, Veeam Backup & Replication and EMC Data Domain, whereas NetApp SnapCenter is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Cohesity and Commvault. See our Cohesity vs. NetApp SnapCenter report.
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Pros
It has a lightning fast restore.The spin-up of a VM within a test environment for backup testing along with quick restores.It's completely reliable and easy to restore.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.The four independent node cluster architecture is redundant. It maintains data integrity and load balancing.We are saving valuable datacenter rack space, which is critical as we evaluate co-location options.We are looking forward to the next release, so we can take advantage of the AHV backup for our Nutanix environment.Backups are quick and painless to set up.‚Äč

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It's very helpful because SnapCenter is already integrated with VMware Snapshot, so it's very easy to use.We have been very satisfied with the technical support's help. Their knowledge level is great. For a noncritical question, they will get back to us within a day.The main advantage is its fast backup and restore.A feature that stands out is cloning databases. If you have a SQL database and it's huge, like one terabyte, the classical SQL way would be to do a backup-restore to create a clone of your database for test purposes. With SnapCenter now, we can clone a database but through the Snapshot technology, which means if you right-click and you click Clone, the one terabyte database is there instantly.The backup process finishes very quickly.It has very fast backup and can handle a huge amount of data. It also enables really fast recovery.The most valuable feature is the RBAC, the Role-Based Access Control. In our managed service, we can have different layers of security.Restoring and cloning are easy to do.

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Microsoft Exchange online mailbox backups would be fantastic.Since it is an evolving product, there are lot of frequent releases which require upgrades to be done every other weekend.The support team could do a better job. Sometimes finding the correct person is cumbersome and time consuming.Physical RDMs on virtual machines could be a bit easier to configure and plan out.The rack mounting instructions did not appear to be correct, but we were able to overcome it.I would like to see Cohesity have the ability to do a file level restore from a Windows server, which is storing data on dynamic disk.A little more documentation on standard faults would help, as new features are being released quite often.We are waiting on the AIX agent to be released.

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I have an issue with SnapCenter because sometimes a VM cannot be backed up... The way SnapCenter works is that it makes a backup of all the VMs and then it removes all the old backups. If one VM cannot be backed up for some reason, it has already created a new backup for all the VMs but it cannot remove the old backups. It ends up creating so many backups in VMware and it will cause a performance problem if the condition is not fixed.Some of the minor functionalities from SnapManager did not transfer over to SnapCenter. These should be added in future releases.The Microsoft environment is its biggest disadvantage due to the central management of all the actions. Because the SnapCenter server is where we deploy everything, it also affects the Microsoft environment, which can cause many difficulties when resolving issues like Windows update problems.I feel a little bit that during the whole process of putting this software into production we were like a beta program. It was full of bugs... For example, we had a problem with truncating our Exchange log files... It has improved over time.The GUI is still so-so. I' don't use the GUI that often anymore because it's really slow, refreshing disks, refreshing hosts, and you have to click a lot.Groups might be helpful for each site or data center so that we know a given data center has these resources while another data center has those resources. It's not always easy to group hosts by type.Reporting of the jobs could be better.I'm waiting for SnapCenter for hybrid solutions. Right now, we only have SnapManager for hybrid. I need agents for that. People are looking to install SnapCenter in a SQL environment, but where they're running SQL on Hyper-V and using virtual files. Currently, we don't have support for hybrid.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Ensure that you understand the per TB licensing model. Also, Exchange backups are not native to Cohesity and require Kroll.Cohesity came in at the best price.Cohesity came in at the best price. Setup was included and done in half a day.Licensing is per node and per protected terabyte. You will also pay 10-15% annually for support.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, so really put them through the paces.The ROI is huge. Not really measurable at this point, but the price of the unit was a fraction of what a couple hours of downtime could result in.

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The licensing is well-designed because it's already included in some packages with NetApp storage. Therefore, for most customers, it's okay as the SnapCenter license is already included in some NetApp bundles.Pricing is very good because if you already have NepApp controllers, then it's included.It comes free with the amount of equipment we purchase from NetApp. In terms of pricing, zero is my favorite number.The license for SnapCenter was included with the storage array.We have a site license, so it comes with the product.We see a financial value with SnapCenter because we don't have to license Commvault, which is pretty expensive.It's free. The license is included with other NetApp products.

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Overview

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.

Unified, scalable platform for application-consistent data protection and clone management. This software simplifies backup, restore, and clone lifecycle management with application-integrated workflows.

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Top Industries
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Healthcare Company26%
Financial Services Firm21%
University16%
Legal Firm11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Healthcare Company17%
Financial Services Firm13%
Insurance Company10%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
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Pharma/Biotech Company20%
Healthcare Company20%
Comms Service Provider10%
Retailer10%
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Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise43%
Large Enterprise48%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business4%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise81%
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Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise45%
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