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Architect - infra at Ørsted Services
User
Top 20
Centralized interface is simple to navigate, reduces storage space and related costs
Pros and Cons
  • "The dashboard is very rich and provides details needed for a moderator."
  • "Better documentation is needed because the lack of information has necessitated having our team depend more heavily on Cohesity support."

What is our primary use case?

We are the largest organization in Europe and have 10,000 servers in-house being protected by Cohesity. We use several solutions including Archive, DR, SAP, Oracle, VMware, and others.

Our business thrives on Cohesity storage. Cohesity makes data management as simple as Sign Up, Connect, and Protect through new SaaS offerings for backup and disaster recovery.

We have been testing DataProtect delivered as a service for some time, and we very pleased with its performance. The UI is simple to navigate, and data ingestion and retrieval have been a snap.

However, the solution shared / features released are pre-matured. needs more testing/ hardening

How has it helped my organization?

Before Cohesity, we were mostly de-centralized in operations. After implementing it, our operations are now managed in a single pane of glass.

We have achieved a single source of operation and observation for backups. Every team has a stake in operations, and policy management helps to delegate the proper roles.

The storage costs and storage area occupied are now reduced dramatically.

What is most valuable?

We are using almost all of the features available in Cohesity today.

Our favorite feature is DataProtect but there are many good features that are part of the DataPlatform. 

We use Cohesity to eliminate mass data fragmentation by consolidating our silos onto a single, easy-to-manage software-defined platform that is managed using a single pane of glass.

The dashboard is very rich and provides details needed for a moderator.

What needs improvement?

Cohesity needs more hardening, in terms of stability. From our experience, we noticed gaps in the product function and the solution guides/documents. Better documentation is needed because the lack of information has necessitated having our team depend more heavily on Cohesity support. We need to have a more self-sufficient system.

More automation is needed for easier management.

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For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cohesity DataProtect for the past five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, Cohesity is moderate and needs more hardening.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We found scaling Cohesity to be very challenging.

How are customer service and support?

The product team and Cohesity representatives are always reachable and fill the gaps that are not available in the documentation.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to using Cohesity, we were using Agility Data Backup and Recovery.

We are moving to Cohesity by migrating existing backup/storage solutions. We switched because were not confident in delivering backup solutions and managing SLAs.

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

The pricing model is impressive and very effective.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to implementing Cohesity, we evaluated solutions by IBM, NetApp, Commvalut, and Rubrik.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Network Engineer at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Great pricing with an easy initial setup and good backup performance
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable aspect for me is that I don't have to deal with media in terms of tapes like our existing system does."
  • "We aren't missing any features. In terms of the solution overall, it's so far so good."

What is our primary use case?

Primarily, we back up our VMs on the solution. All kinds of VMs are backed up on it. Not all of them we back up, however, the major ones we do.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect for me is that I don't have to deal with media in terms of tapes like our existing system does.

Pricing was one of the big features. We chose it largely based on this.

The solution scales well.

We've found the product to be stable.

It's my understanding that the initial setup is simple. 

What needs improvement?

In terms of the solution overall, it's so far so good. I'll have to check with my team, however, so far, from my perspective, it's working great. We aren't missing any features.

For how long have I used the solution?

We just got the solution last May. We haven't used it for too long just yet.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been good. There aren't bugs or glitches and it doesn't crash or freeze. It's quite reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability has been fine. It's used by us, the IT department. We back up the servers for our entire organization.

How are customer service and support?

I haven't had to call tech support. I can't speak to how helpful or responsive they are. 

How was the initial setup?

As far as I know, the initial setup was pretty straightforward. My team members dealt with all that. I did not directly participate. 

We have a team of five people that can handle maintenance duties such as updates, et cetera. Both users and sysadmins can get into it if they need to. 

What about the implementation team?

Our team members handled the implementations. 

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

The pricing is pretty good overall. It's less expensive than some competitors, such as Rubrik.

I'd rate the solution at a five out of five. It's quite affordable. That said, I can't speak to the exact pricing. There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were going against another option. It was between Cohesity and another vendor, a pretty big player, called Rubrik. The pricing was better with this solution.

What other advice do I have?

We're a customer and an end-user.

We have an appliance and cloud. We have two deployment models. 

I would advise those considering the solution to watch the demo and compare it to Rubrik and make your own opinion.

I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. 

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Head of IT Infrastructure at Kampmann
User
Works flawlessly with easy replication of backups and numerous supported backup sources
Pros and Cons
  • "By using their Helios Cloud service, you have all your clusters, no matter where they are located, in one web portal."
  • "Quality testing of upgrades should be somewhat improved."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for backing up SQL Databases, Sybase Databases, SAP HANA, Kubernetes clusters, active directories, NAS services, some Azure services including virtual machines, Office 365 (Exchange mailboxes, Sharepoint Sites, Teams Data), VMware virtual machines, and much more

We're using Cohesity clusters in different locations which are replicating the backup data each to another location. Replication is working fine. 

We're using more and more NAS services for SMB Fileshshares, for example, for Citrix Profiles with FSLogix.

How has it helped my organization?

All backups are working flawlessly. The replication of backups has never been easier. Cohesity cluster replication is a great feature! 

There is no need to buy licenses for any new features or backing up new software products. If Cohesity is supporting it, you can just use it. Their list of supported backup sources is impressive!

You just have to license the amount of storage you are using. It does not matter how/for what you are using this storage. You can shift it from backup to NAS usage without any problem. 

What is most valuable?

The backup is radically simplified. Backup and replication have not been easier. It is simply working! Replication to the cloud? No problem! Backing up new software? No problem! Have to set up a new NAS service? No problem! 

Cohesity really is a Next-Gen Data Management Software.

By using their Helios Cloud service, you have all your clusters, no matter where they are located, in one web portal. You can view all errors and information in one place and you do not have to connect to each cluster itself. There is also a Helios App for your smartphone.

What needs improvement?

Quality testing of upgrades should be somewhat improved. There really are many upgrades for new features and I really like that. Nevertheless nearly every upgrade brings its own bugs. Cohesity support, however, is really good and they always know how to solve these problems. 

While support does ask the customer if they are allowed to restart service XXX or set parameter X to Y, they never explain if this affects your business or if there can be any further problems by settings the parameters. As a customer, you have to agree to something you cannot really estimate. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for about a year.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had been using Dell EMC Avamar, however, we switched to Cohesity due to their pricing and due to the fact that Avamar was a mess. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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Computer Systems Architect at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
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Provides ransomware protection for immutable backups
Pros and Cons
  • "Its most valuable feature is its ransomware protection, so it has immutable backups."
  • "In terms of what could be improved, it just needs some maturity."

What is our primary use case?

We are using it to back up virtual machines, VMware level, SQL server, Oracle Domain Controllers, Linux.

We're currently using hundred percent of it to back up 80% of our data.

How has it helped my organization?

It has absolutely improved our ROI. We moved from Microsoft DPM to Cohesity. Now, our incident tickets for backup have dropped by around a thousand per month.

DPM is a load of crap. It's horrible, absolutely horrible.

What is most valuable?

Its most valuable feature is its ransomware protection, so it has immutable backups.

What needs improvement?

In terms of what could be improved, it just needs some maturity. But, it gets better with every release.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cohesity DataProtect for about a year.

We are using version 6.5.1E. We're about to go to 6.6.

It is on-prem today and it'll go to Azure public cloud soon.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good.

We probably have about 20 people using it and we have backup administrators and database administrators.

Main deployment and maintenance requires three people.

How are customer service and support?

Their technical support team program is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Microsoft DPM and it is a horrendous solution. It's horrible. From from one to 10, I would give it a minus 10. It is that bad.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. Initial deployment took two months.

Our deployment strategy was to do it quickly as we can.

We did an initial POC, then a full POC, and then migrated everything as quick as we could.

What about the implementation team?

We used TGS and they were good.

What was our ROI?

We saw ROI was after about nine months.

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

I believe we pay yearly. Additionally, there is the cost of the hardware. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I also evaluated Rubrik and Commvault. The main difference between Cohesity, Rubrik and Commvault is price. It came down to price. Cohesity is more affordable.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anyone using Cohesity is to use vSphere tags.

On a scale of one to ten, I would give Cohesity DataProtect an eight and it's still maturing.

It will get better.

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On-premises
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Offers good UI, great support, and helpful knowledge sharing
Pros and Cons
  • "We are happy with the support provided by Cohesity for the issues we've come across."
  • "For Oracle DBs, we have observed a few bugs. This can be done better."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for data protection and data platform. We are backing up VMs, physical servers, and other applications. 

We are even using the Exchange cluster backups in our environment. It became easy for us to administrate the data and for handling recovery as well. The best part is the UI. I have never seen this level of enhanced UI. 

The best use case is when we are facing issues while taking the exchange backups. Cohesity made it easy for the exchange backup and restore processes. We are happy with the Support provided by Cohesity for the issues we've come across.

How has it helped my organization?

I am very satisfied with the UI of Cohesity. Day to day, they are enhancing it.

We are now easily managing the data from Helios for all the clusters centrally.

Cohesity has made it easy for exchange backup and restore functions. 

We are happy with the support provided by Cohesity.

What is most valuable?

When we are facing issues while taking the exchange backups, Cohesity makes it easy for the exchange backup and restore processes. 

We are happy with the support provided by Cohesity for the issues we've come across.

Knowledge sharing has become easy by technical sharing and galaxy also evolving drastically.

What needs improvement?

For Oracle DBs, we have observed a few bugs. This can be done better.

We'd like to see easy Administration and non-disruptive upgrades and node additions.

For a few engineering issues, we've observed delays and they are asking for an upgrade of the cluster. It would be good if they modified it with gflags.

Knowledge sharing has become easy by technical sharing and has been evolving drastically.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cohesity for the past 3 years, from 6.3 to 6.5.1.d Hotfix 10.

How are customer service and technical support?

We are happy with the Support provided by Cohesity for the issues we've come across.

What other advice do I have?

We'd like to see easy Administration and non-disruptive upgrades and node additions.

For a few engineering issues, we've observed delays and they are asking for an upgrade of the cluster. It would be good if they modified it with gflags.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Alliance Manager at Berca Hardaya Perkasa
Real User
Top 5
Stable and scalable, but is overpriced and comes with a comparatively complex setup
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is stable."
  • "The solution has a more complex setup than Veritas and Veeam."

What is our primary use case?

Cohesity DataProtect has numerous features, backup only being one of them. The solution's main product involves the data platform and consists of object storage, the file server and hyper convergence storage features. Their focus is right there. So, their backup software has been very helpful in respect of object storage and the file server. These depend on the data platform. 

For the customer, Cohesity DataProtect allows him to have a single solution, ranging from software backup to hardware, all contained within a single contact. 

What is most valuable?

The solution boasts good retention, as it is global in a single platform and, since they have their own appliance, it is scalable as well. This makes it easier to create a retention from the backup. 

What needs improvement?

The pricing of the solution could be better, as it is quite high when compared with the competition, Veeam, Veritas and Rubrik. 

The solution offers many features, so my one reservation involves the pricing. 

The solution has a more complex setup than Veritas and Veeam. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. 

How are customer service and support?

We do not have experience with technical support, so I am not in a position to guage it. 

How was the initial setup?

We do not do implementation only as concerns the data protection, but must also implement the storage and then the appliance. I consider the implementation of Cohesity DataProtect to be more complex than those of Veritas and Veeam. 

What about the implementation team?

A consultant was needed for the implementation. 

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

The solution's pricing is quite high, more so than that of its competitors, Veeam, Veritas and Rubrik. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Veeam, Veritas and Rubrik offer more cost effective solutions than that of Cohesity DataProtect, whose pricing is quite high. 

Veritas and Veeam have easier setups than Cohesity DataProtect. 

What other advice do I have?

Cohesity is still new to Indonesia. 

I rate Cohesity DataProtect as a seven out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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System Engineer II at Louisville Metro Government
Real User
Top 10
AWS integration and lifecycle versioning has helped protect our organization from end-to-end
Pros and Cons
  • "With the ability to stage an entire lifecycle through versioning, integrated with AWS, it has made it possible to protect our corporation from end to end."
  • "Features I would like to see include a more visible data lifecycle monitoring tab, and an easier to read backup status dashboard."

What is our primary use case?

We use this product for the enterprise data life cycle and data retention.

How has it helped my organization?

With the ability to stage an entire lifecycle through versioning, integrated with AWS, it has made it possible to protect our corporation from end to end.

What is most valuable?

Integration with AWS has been invaluable to us. To have one platform that can leverage a cloud platform, as well as on-premises, has given us a full solution.

What needs improvement?

Technical support being outsourced is a downside but not different from every one of Cohesity's competitors. I was an early adopter when technical support was with actual developers and engineers, and not technical support staff. So, you can understand my point of view.   

Features I would like to see include a more visible data lifecycle monitoring tab, and an easier to read backup status dashboard. For example, I would lie to be able to see the status of all VMs for all jobs without drilling into each one.

Chat customer/technical support would also be great.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cohesity DataProtect for three years.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've used many different solutions including Veeam and Rubrik.

We switched because the return on investment was much greater with Cohesity.

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

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to have a high-level understanding from your engineers before committing to a package. Cloud integration is a must. Do not pass up the licenses even if you are not currently using them.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Veeam and Rubrik were both evaluated and turned down.

We did not choose Veeam because the technical complexity was just not there to give us a full solution. Rubrik was passed over, due to the price. 

What other advice do I have?

In my opinion, Cohesity is the way to go, with no doubt.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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Global Infrastructure Architect at Finning International Inc
Real User
Top 20
A flexible, scalable, and stable solution that comes with good support and allows us to incorporate different workloads
Pros and Cons
  • "Its flexibility is the most valuable. Being a cloud version, it has more flexibility, and it allows me to incorporate different workloads and consolidate all the data in one place. It has good high availability, and it is also easy to maintain."
  • "We would like it to have more capabilities for different kinds of PaaS or SaaS services in the Azure cloud, such as Azure SQL or Azure Cosmos DB."

What is our primary use case?

We are using Cohesity DataProtect to protect our internal data, specifically on the servers. We are also incorporating some capabilities for SQL and Java.

What is most valuable?

Its flexibility is the most valuable. Being a cloud version, it has more flexibility, and it allows me to incorporate different workloads and consolidate all the data in one place. It has good high availability, and it is also easy to maintain.

What needs improvement?

We would like it to have more capabilities for different kinds of PaaS or SaaS services in the Azure cloud, such as Azure SQL or Azure Cosmos DB.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for less than a year. We got it last year, but we implemented it in our company this year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a very stable product.  We don't have any problem with the solution at the moment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability is very good. You just need to add another node. Currently, we have ten users who use this solution, and they belong to the IT group. However, we are using it to protect the data for the whole company in some of the cases.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their support works very well. From the technical aspect, they are very good. I would rate them a nine out of ten because it is always possible to improve.

How was the initial setup?

It wasn't easy, but it also wasn't complicated. We completed the deployment in two or three months.

What other advice do I have?

It is important to establish beforehand what you are going to use because you need to pay for the license based on your subscription. It is a very good product. We have a good experience in using this product.

I would rate Cohesity DataProtect a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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