We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.
Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
Pricing, setup costs, etc. are pretty typical. The initial cost for Cohesity was less than other products the we evaluated. Cohesity's pricing does offer benefits as DR target costs are less than other solutions. You are not charged for DataProtect licensing for target DR data consumption.
Sizing is important and it is easy to overestimate. It is difficult to understand how dedupe will work with your workload.
With respect to pricing, make sure that you look at both Rubrik and Cohesity as they are very similar and are quite competitive.
Cohesity is available on your own hardware or on hardware like HPE. We purchased support from Cohesity to ensure that should we face an issue, we don't have to deal with different service providers. This makes the solution probably a little bit more expensive, but I'm sure it will safe time and money later on when support is needed.
I advise others to spin up a Cohesity virtual edition on their infrastructure. We ran backups in parallel for a month to test all features before even bringing in test hardware. Spinning up the virtual edition was quick and painless.
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 with the previous product.
The nice thing is there is no further licensing when you purchase the system. All is integrated.
It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for, and it is really an all-in-one solution.
During your implementation stage, make sure you have a good Cohesity rep. Ours had completed over 200 implementations. He was very knowledgeable.
Cohesity comes with the software and storage/hardware together.
Ensure that you understand the per TB licensing model. Also, Exchange backups are not native to Cohesity and require Kroll.