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Score 10 out of 10
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It was easy to implement and do a POC. After it was shown to be the superior product it was easy to flip to production.
Issues have been dealt with promptly or put on the roadmap for a future release. Backup and restore became as easy as they're supposed to be.
  • The various ways to quickly reover data. Cloning and instant volume mounts (Exchange restores) have been great options.
  • Ability to use it as secondary storage for VMDK's that don't need to be on Tier 1.
  • Using it as a NAS device.
  • Ability to backup Isilon!
  • Mainly cosmetic stuff that is currently being addressed.
  • Expiration times for clones.
Well suited for backups of an entire virtual environment with an agent to catch any physical server. Using as a NAS/filer to store your data and protect it at the same time. Replicating data for DR off-site has worked great. The option to use a clone to test or verify settings without bringing a VM back fully online is great.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We are using Cohesity in our organisation mainly as a backup product. This is for backups of vmware vcenter environments, Office 365 mailboxes, SMB and NFS file shares, Oracle and SQL. It is used to replicate our backup data to our remote site as well as archive to the cloud when required.
  • Data reduction
  • Replication
  • Integration with vcenter
  • NFS file shares
  • SMB file shares
Cohesity is particularly well suited to backups of vcenter and physical server environments. It falls a little short in provision of 'views' or shares to be used by appliances to carry out backups. e.g. you can provision an NFS share 'view' in Cohesity but Cisco Firepower will not accept it as a backup location.
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Score 7 out of 10
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We were using Cohesity as a network file solution, however that has changed and now we us it as a backup solution. Currently it is being used in all 3 of our locations. The backup solution is being used to backup SQL and Oracle databases, File level backups, and VM backups.
  • Make adding items to be backuped easy.
  • The search feature for file restore is quick.
  • The restore process is quick.
  • Improvement in the accuracy of their documentation
  • Remove the amount of times you need to log in to view support info
I enjoy Cohesity as a backup solution. When it works it does a great job at providing a backup solution. If there is ever a need to engage with the support staff they are very knowledgeable and eager to assist. Finding files or VMs is quick and easy to locate the item to restore and the speed of restore is quick. I would score them higher but the documentation that they provide you will isn't always accurate. They have provided me with knowledge base articles in an attempt to easily resolve my issue only to find that there were steps missing.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Cohesity is backing up all of our NAS shares, SQL data, and VMs. The only complaint I could have is that the Support team is slow to respond to significant issues. The product itself is great, as long as you can get answers from Support when needed. I would recommend this product to other administrators.
  • Backing up all of our NAS shares.
  • Backing up all of our SQL data.
  • Backing up all of our VMs.
  • Support team is lacking in response times.
  • Account team doesn't step in until or offer assistance until customer gets frustrated.
Cohesity backups are great, though when things don't work it is a significant issue. Upgrades are really easy to perform and can be done at any time. That is a nice feature, as our previous backup solution involved an entire day's worth of upgrade. It was really really terrible. This is much nicer.
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October 03, 2019

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Score 10 out of 10
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We are using it to backup VMware environment, SQL and Exchange servers. We have two clusters that replicate to each other; this process is also very fast. GUI is simple and very responsive. Implementation took only a few hours and backups begin the same day it has been physically racked.
  • Instant mass restore
  • Cloud archiving
  • Incremental forever
  • Very easy to operate
  • Helios Cloud
  • Have more storage vendor compatibility
  • O365 One Drive backups (but it is coming)
If you have may VM's to restore, Cohesity is the product to use. You can recover VM's in a few minutes. Cloud archiving is very easy too. DR is great too. I am replicating to another cluster in my DR center and the transfer speed is very fast.

If you want to take the "snapshots" at the storage level instead of VMware, it is only compatible with Hyperflex and Pure Storage.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We are an MSP in the Netherlands. We use Cohesity to back-up all our own systems and a lot of systems of our customers. We offer back-up as a service for our customers with Cohesity. The interface and scalability makes it very easy for us to provide back-up as a service.

For either ourselves or our customers it helps in the business continuity and disaster recovery. We can restore files/folders/VM's very quickly when needed.
  • Easy to learn
  • Scalability
  • Folder/File Restores
  • Support
  • In the first few years the software parts could use some improvement, it is getting better with every update though.
  • The layout of how to implement Cohesity needs to be thought of before hand. Changing it after implementation is time consuming.
  • It is very well suited for back-up on a large scale. Also scaling and growing the Cohesity cluster with time is very easy.
  • It is not as fully developed yet as Veeam as an allround backup solution but it's getting there.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We are a managed service provider (MSP) in the Netherlands that were the first adopters of the product in our country. We use it for backing up all our client's virtual machines throughout data centers in the Netherlands. We run the Fundaments Cloud and deliver Infrastructure as a service. Cohesity delivers a multi-tenant portal for the backups and provides a plugin for vCloud Director. It can backup thousands of virtual machines without scaling issues.
  • Backups of virtual machines with VMware products.
  • Scale-out storage, no more issues with running out of disk space with your backups.
  • Multi-tenant possibilities that help us solve the issue of letting clients be in control of their own backups as a managed service provider.
  • Further adopting managed service providers.
It's well suited when you need a scale-out storage system that scales with a growing organization. When running a small environment, however, with a few hosts and a few VMs for an office environment the investment is steep.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Cohesity is used to replace our older backup and archive solutions because they are too old and expensive.
We currently mainly use it to back up our VMWare virtual desktop and server environment. We are also archiving our Microsoft Exchange email environment to the Cohesity cluster. It could also be a potential solution in the future for file server archiving.
  • Easy setup of backup policies within the UI
  • Creation of backup jobs is very straightforward with all necessary options but without being overloaded
  • Grouping of backups to backup groups makes admins live much easier
  • Restore of files and VMs is very easy
It's a very good solution for backups, restores and archiving. That's where it is meant to be and for me, that's what Cohesity fulfills.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Cohesity is being used by our engineers to manage our data and storage. We use Cohesity to separate different clients and to give them storage as a service and backups with this as well. It addresses multiple problems we faced before like management of backups and different kinds of storage. Also it fixes our management skills as a reseller.
  • The support of Cohesity is very good.
  • Cohesity is very good at marketing and has a strong brand.
  • Cohesity has a great insightful, easy-to-learn product.
  • Some security features could be implemented better.
When managing different data stores and clients Cohesity comes in perfectly. It manages all the data from different clients with an insightful dashboard as to were other products are not likely to have this. Also the backups functionality and the different options offered here are great for reselling the storage as an MSP.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We are using Cohesity to backup our entire VMWare environment.
  • Cohesity is a well packaged all in one backup solution.
  • Being able to back up to another Cohesity cluster and/or to the cloud for redundancy is nice.
  • Being able to use storage not being used by backups for simple file shares is an added bonus.
  • Setting up protection jobs can use a little work.
  • Updating can be a little tedious as you have to go to a web page to pull the latest update instead of being able to update from within the UI.
If you want a versatile backup solution that can handle your backup needs. With added features that are not available with other solutions, i.e. creating shares from the cluster, apps that look into your backup data for compliance and more.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Cohesity is being used across the entire organization for data backups, protection, and part of our disaster recovery options. We replicate backups across sites and archive to the cloud. It is also used for temporary development and test environments.
  • The user interface is very easy to learn and operate
  • Deployment of the platform takes about an hour from unboxing, racking, to setting up your first backup jobs.
  • Tech support is very responsive and follows through
  • The physical device agent is a bit quirky but has come a long way and improvements are being made all the time
I am sure there are some areas where this may not be well suited but I am not aware of them. This product provides data protection and NAS storage that is indexed and searchable. Its fast and has a small rack footprint.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We initially purchased Cohesity as a data protection product to displace Microsoft Data Protection Manager that was undersized for our environment. This was leading to poor performance, failed backup jobs, and a generally unreliable backup system. Later, we expanded our use case to land tier 2 (lower performance) applications data on the Cohesity, saving us up to 60% versus using traditional high performance storage area network.
  • User interface
  • Easy of implementation
  • Ability to scale, "pay as you grow"
  • The architecture could be better designed so you can put more nodes in a cluster
  • Some of the initial purchased equipment is already close to end of life
  • You can't mix and match generations of Cohesity equipment in the same enclosure
It's a great data protection product and secondary storage target, and it integrates well with the cloud.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Cohesity is currently being used for data protection and secondary storage. It will expand to disaster recovery in 2020. It is being used for our corporate datacenter and thus protects us organization wide. It addressed low backup job success rates and offloading secondary storage onto cheaper disk. In addition we will implement its analytics capability for archive, GDPR compliance checks, and PII identification.
  • Data protection has been rock solid.
  • Support and customer service is responsive and knowledgeable as well as courteous.
  • Secondary storage (SMB/NFS) work as advertised and save us money.
  • The web UI still needs a little refining especially around the wording in alerts and messages to users.
  • International sales resources in APAC.
Using Cohesity for data protection is amazing. They are the Uber of the data protection world. Setting up sources and targets is so simple. The backup procedures are crisp, and the results speak for themselves. 99%+ success rate since install.
Less appropriate would be backing up really old legacy apps that need specialized plugins or agents. i.e. Lotus Nnotes or something like that.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Cohesity is used as the backup application across all entities in the group. It replaces a legacy application with a lot of servers—vApps—that does not scale very well. Our application had many bugs and required constant upgrades to fix issues. Unfortunately, these new releases had bugs each time. With Cohesity, it was really easy to deploy the cluster, in a few hours, the first cluster was deployed and ready to take backups.
  • Easy to set up in just a few hours.
  • Upgrades are done online, you can still do backups and restore when the cluster is upgrading.
  • Restores are really easy to perform and fast.
  • No support for Windows clustering but this should be released in a few weeks or months.
  • No Windows BMR without third-party add-ons.
If you have an environment using VMs, it will be great. If you require physical server backup, you will need add-ons. Cohesity can be used for many other things like storing archives (using the embedded WORM feature). It can be used as NAS too. There is also an app store but this is new so I am hoping to see more applications in the coming months.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We currently use Cohesity as our backup system and secondary storage for our organization. We use it across the organization for all data. It replaced our tape library system as well as phased out Veeam. We also use it to push a copy of our most recent backups to the cloud via AWS.
  • Easy to use and setup new backup and restore jobs.
  • Extremely fast recovery time, can spin a VMware backup VM up in well under a minute.
  • Granular recovery search options, easy to find specific files or systems to recover (or SQL DB).
  • Integration with Exchange works but requires using 3rd party software (Kroll Ontrack).
  • Would be nice to have exchange message level recovery built right into the Cohesity interface.
Works great for replacing old backup technology with a modern, extremely fast and reliable hyperconverged platform. No more swapping tapes! Offsite storage to the cloud with easy recovery and ability to spin up in the cloud or restore back to the cohesity environment. Deduplication and compression technologies are integrated so you don't waste any space.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Cohesity is being used by the infrastructure department as a backup solution for all our customers across the country.
  • Scale out storage
  • Support
  • Easy to use
  • Price / Performance ratio
  • KB-articles
  • Better third party plugins
  • Multitenancy support
It's well suited as a scale-out back-up solution, where you can easily add more nodes to a cluster for extra backup storage. It's less appropriate in areas where multiple customers need access to the web interface, as there is currently no multitenancy support.
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November 06, 2018

Cohesity Storage

Score 10 out of 10
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We use Cohesity to backup our entire infrastructure as well as replicate to our DR location. The ability to use it for secondary storage in an emergency outage was a major plus to the purchase. Our current staff is pretty small, and being able to train someone to do a file restore in 20 minutes was a blessing in and of itself. Great product, and support has been top notch.
  • Low management overhead
  • Smooth and consistent backups
  • Being able to look at a dashboard and see all relevant information
  • Upgrades are painless and can be done even during a backup window
  • KB is limited.
  • Support for 3rd party SANS is also pretty small
I think anytime you need a robust backup solution it would fit. The only downside I could see would be price if you are an SMB space. The price though is comparable to any of the top tier vendors.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We were backing up about 160 TB to tape per week. We are still moving over to Cohesity, however, we will not have the need to have the hardware related to tapes next year. Also, the money we spend on new versions of tapes is not going towards more clusters. In Cohesity, my backups are running faster and I have more frequent crash consistent data.
  • Cohesity will save us money, time, and manpower.
  • We will have quick redundancy to AWS for our Cohesity node.
  • This tool is very straightforward and clean. The menus are not over complicated or cluttered.
  • Cohesity is working on this, however, I would like to see a more expanded KB section.
We were backing up about 160 TB to tape per week. We will be able to eliminate our off site tape storage, and all expenses related to that. This will save us time and money each day. I have not come across any areas that we could not use Cohesity.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We are using Cohesity as the primary backup/data protection solution company nationwide. We have three physical clusters in our main data centers. We also are using 5 virtual clusters at our smaller data centers.
  • Cohesity provides a very intuitive user interface. I was able to provide restore training to our other admins in ten minutes.
  • Indexed file search makes it extremely easy to find all snapshots of that contain a file even if the end user does not have an exact file name.
  • It is extremely easy to set up and monitor backup jobs. We also easily set up alerts to email us in event of an issue
  • Cohesity’s latest version includes an all cluster dashboard that gives you the ability to see the health of all nodes easily. I hope they continue to expand this capability.
  • There is the capability to schedule email reports. It would be great if they could be the to send only for failures.
Cohesity is a great primary backup/data protection solution. We are using it at all our main and remote data centers. It is very easy to set up and monitor backup jobs. I have not worked with any other backup solutions that made file restores this easy. We also use the replication functionality for disaster recovery/business continuity.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We are currently using Cohesity for our primary backup/data protection solution. We have a VMware virtual infrastructure and all of our production servers are getting backed up with Cohesity.
  • Cohesity is great at finding files for day to day restore operations. It's like a "Google search tool".
  • Cohesity is great at cloning a VM into a test environment. The whole process only takes a couple min.
  • Cohesity is great at making it clear which servers are a which servers are not getting backed up.
  • Cohesity's Auto protect feature is great. Your servers get backed up as they are created.
  • I would like to see Cohesity have the ability to do a file level restore from a server using a dynamic disk.
  • Cohesity needs a way to backup SQL databases without an agent.
  • Cohesity cannot run a backup of a single VM.
Cohesity is well suited for simple backup and restores and in a DR situation. It really solves all secondary storage problems with a very simple user interface.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Cohesity is being used as our primary backup system for our entire firm. We have a cluster in our Data Center as well as across the country in one of our other offices.
Cohesity takes care of all our backups and restores.
  • Backups are easy to create, edit and troubleshoot.
  • Document recovery is amazingly quick with a variety of ways to do the restore. It takes less than 3 minutes to restore a deleted document to document management system.
  • Replication is also a big ticket item for us as we can replicate all our backups down to our Phoenix cluster. It all can be done overnight so there are no interruptions during the day.
  • Confirmation when doing restores wouldn't hurt at all. It would help prevent my own misclicks!
  • We are hoping for a future option of ISCSI attached drives.
  • A way to cancel restores in the case of restoring the wrong item or too many items.
Anyone looking for a new strong backup system with ease of use, almost instant recovery times and increased storage efficiency with scale-out abilities. It simplifies backup software to make your job less stressful.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We have been using Cohesity for about 4 months now and it has already saved us a tremendous amount of headache and time doing file, VM and SQL restores.
  • SQL Backup & Restore
  • Test & Dev Clones
  • Deduplication & Compression
  • BMR backups would be better if the client did it natively instead of Cristi integration
  • Some items in the dashboard should be hotlinked
Cohesity does everything we need to backup VMs, physical servers, SQL, and NAS. We also replicate to Azure which is seamless.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Use cases for Cohesity include secondary storage of file shares and backups for our environment. We are also doing some test and dev, but the secondary storage and backups are superb; would give a very high recommendation for anyone looking into hyper-converged secondary storage!
  • Pulling backups of files, VMs, and other services couldn't be simpler. Very intuitive and customizable!
  • We are using profile redirection and Cohesity handles this well, glad to make use of efficient network storage!
  • Dedup & compression have time, energy, resources, and lower overall costs while raising quality of service!
  • Could be simpler to do Test & Dev
  • Looking forward to a mobile application
  • Analytics are nice, could be more straight forward
Well suited for small or large environment, easy to add nodes and increase hardware capacities, tremendous flexibility in backup and secondary storage.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use Cohesity for our Test virtual servers and a handful of production servers today. In the near future, we will be rolling out our replication cluster and will be moving many production servers to it. It's really the easy button for virtual backups. For us, it gave us a simple UI, encryption at rest and in flight as well as easy backup/restore and easy replication.
  • The user interface is extremely simple and easy to use.
  • Backup and restores are intuitive and just work.
  • Easy -Replication.
  • Easy - Cloud replication.
  • Easy - Encryption in flight and at rest.
  • File-based restores (directly back to the server) require that UAC is turned off.
  • Needs more customized reporting capability.
  • I would love to be able to create reports that are emailed regularly.
It is well suited for highly virtualized environments that backup over the network. When many people play a hand in backup and recovery it works well due to the simplicity of the interface. It will not work well for environments who are utilizing SAN based backup as Cohesity does not support Fiber Channel backup.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We utilize Cohesity for backup and recovery. It filled a gap by being able to cut our restore times after major disasters. It made our Compliance Officers very happy with our business continuity program.
  • Backup and Restore. Cut our help-desks time to less then 5 minutes from 45 minutes+.
  • Integration with VMware to provide true agent-less backups. (No more updating the client side backup program).
  • The ability to replicate to other Cohesity boxes or to a NAS has made me sleep better at night, knowing that my data is safe.
  • Requiring 10GB network interface is a pain.... mostly because you have to purchase additional hardware if you don't have extra ports available.
  • Having to use Safari on a Mac to set up boxes from factory.
  • Updating firmware from the factory takes a lot of time.
I have been recommending this to every one of my IT contacts. Excellent product. I have not found a case for why it would not be appropriate, the only thing I could think of would be if you have a full hyper-converged ecosystem and wanted the proprietary software for it.

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Feature Scorecard Summary

Universal recovery (27)
8.4
Live recovery (29)
8.8
Recovery verification (26)
7.8
Business application protection (28)
7.3
Multiple backup destinations (29)
8.8
Incremental backup identification (30)
9.0
Backup to the cloud (25)
8.6
Deduplication and file compression (31)
9.7
Snapshots (31)
8.8
Flexible deployment (28)
9.0
Management dashboard (31)
8.6
Platform support (31)
9.3
Retention options (31)
9.3
Encryption (29)
8.3

About Cohesity

Cohesity DataProtect is a comprehensive data backup and recovery software product from Cohesity, an enterprise software company based in San Jose, California, focused on eliminating mass data fragmentation and consolidating silos.

DataProtect utilizes Cohesity’s DataPlatform service which is designed to consolidate secondary storage and associated workflows, to provide users with end-to-end protection for virtual and physical workloads, databases, applications, and storage with a single web-scale solution.

Key Features

● Hyperconverged data protection eliminates need for separate backup software, target storage, proxy and media servers, and cloud gateways

● Unified user interface for managing and provisioning data protect services, connected via core to cloud and edge

● Policy-based automation; users can assign policies to one or all jobs globally to automate operations and meet business SLA requirements


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