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System Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
We have been using it in small environments, and it is stable, straightforward to deploy, and scalable for our needs
Pros and Cons
  • "The backup and replication features are most valuable."
  • "I would like them to move back to host licensing."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for backup and replication in small environments.

How has it helped my organization?

It has not improved anything. It is just a backup solution. Our customers needed something for disaster recovery in case something bad happens. It is something they needed, and it is something they have got.

What is most valuable?

The backup and replication features are most valuable.

What needs improvement?

I would like them to move back to host licensing.

Everything should improve over time as new functionalities come along. The product needs to follow new technologies and integrate them.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for about 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. It is almost fire-and-forget.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We don't have experience with large environments. We only have small environments with a host of virtual machines. It is scalable for our use. There is no problem.

Its users are system administrators. Any increase in its usage would depend on the pricing. Veeam has changed its licensing policy. With their universal licensing, things have become a bit expensive. It is a free market, so we'll see.

How are customer service and support?

It should be good, but we have not used it.

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

We also use other products. This is not the only one. We use Micro Focus Data Protector, Arcserve UDP, and Microsoft Data Protection Manager.

Microsoft Data Protection Manager is more windows-oriented. It is not as good as Veeam for sure, but it is good enough for certain environments.

How was the initial setup?

It was quite straightforward. We are using it in relatively small environments. These are not big installations. 

It took a few hours. The deployment is quick, but you have to test everything and make sure everything works. 

What about the implementation team?

We are an integrator. For its deployment and maintenance, one system administrator is enough.

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

We try to use perpetual licensing, and there are no additional costs. 

They have recently moved to universal licensing, which is more expensive, and I would like them to go back to host licensing.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to decide for themselves if it checks all the boxes. 

I would rate it an eight out of 10 because it is now more expensive with universal licensing.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Computer Systems Architect at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Head of ICT Department at Dr. Nassau College
Real User
Excellent support, easy to set up, and works well

What is most valuable?

The backup feature is most valuable. That's why we took it.

What needs improvement?

Its speed can be a bit improved, and of course, its pricing can go a lot cheaper.

For how long have I used the solution?

This is the second year.

How are customer service and support?

Their technical support is excellent.

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

We have DPM from Microsoft. We are moving to the cloud, and we are using Barracuda for the cloud, and on-premise, we are still using DPM from Microsoft.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup was very easy.

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

Its pricing is very reasonable, but it can be reduced.

What other advice do I have?

The product is…

What is most valuable?

The backup feature is most valuable. That's why we took it.

What needs improvement?

Its speed can be a bit improved, and of course, its pricing can go a lot cheaper.

For how long have I used the solution?

This is the second year.

How are customer service and support?

Their technical support is excellent.

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

We have DPM from Microsoft. We are moving to the cloud, and we are using Barracuda for the cloud, and on-premise, we are still using DPM from Microsoft.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup was very easy.

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

Its pricing is very reasonable, but it can be reduced.

What other advice do I have?

The product is okay, and we are quite happy with it. I would rate it an eight out of 10.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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