it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What is your primary use case for Cohesity DataProtect?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

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Head of IT Infrastructure at Kampmann
Dec 14, 2021

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.

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Computer Systems Architect at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Nov 15, 2021

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.

Field CTO at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 20, 2021

We have a customer that is looking to consume cloud-based workloads in AWS. This is why we are looking to Cohesity to be able to protect those workloads in the public cloud. Additionally, they have Commvault on-premise, which they may want to switch out with Cohesity in the future.

Advisor Architect at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
Sep 28, 2021

We use the Data Protector to back up all our VMware virtual machines, as well as a SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange. We're not that big of a company anymore. We have three people who know the product: two specialists and someone from second-line support who can handle the tickets.

Technology Analyst at Infosys
Real User
Aug 27, 2021

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.

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Network Administration Supervisor at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Jul 30, 2021

We were looking to replace our legacy tapes and Veritas Backup Exec. We were tired of spending money on tapes and the time it took to physically handle and transport the tapes as they cycled through the system. We were also looking to do something to get rid of some of our older legacy NetApp devices. In the end, we were looking for a solution with redundancy and support for encryption for data at rest. We were also hoping for something that would enable on-prem storage, but at the same time, give us cloud capabilities down the road when the organization was ready to make that leap.

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Infrastructure Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
May 21, 2021

We primarily use this product for backups, reporting, and auditing. As we are a publicly listed company, we rely heavily on the reporting that comes out of Cohesity to ensure that we are compliant across all aspects. The backup and restore solution is a big step forward from our last solution and packs more than just backup in a box, allowing for additional features such as Disaster Recovery and utilising the space available in the cluster for storing files. The auditing and reporting features are as important as the backups themselves.

Architect - infra at Ørsted Services
Top 20
Apr 5, 2021

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.

Eduardo Pardo - PeerSpot reviewer
Global Infrastructure Architect at Finning International Inc
Real User
Top 20
Dec 24, 2020

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

Systems Engineer/Systems Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Dec 17, 2020

We use two versions — one version is deployed on the cloud, the other version is on-premise. We use Cohesity with Windows Servers, SQL, Microsoft SQL Servers as well as Hyper-V, AHV and VMware VMs. I am the primary backup operator. There are two to three people that assist me.

Dustin Voyles - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer II at Louisville Metro Government
Real User
Nov 12, 2020

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

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System Engineer at Swisslos Interkantonale Landeslotterie
Real User
Aug 26, 2020

Our primary use is to back up our server from VMware ESXi, including MSSQL and Exchange. We also have a file server and it's possible to search for specific files in Cohesity. You can create Auto BackUp Groups. As s soon as a VM is moved into this folder, Cohesity starts the backup process. We use it also for archiving our e-mails and Metalogix data. That works fine, and also, the migration from our old archiving solution was done well. When you restore a VM, it starts immediately. This means that you can have your downtime very short. After the completed file and data restore, it will be moved to your storage.

StewartSJ3 - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Aug 4, 2020

We primarily use Cohesity as our backup solution, however, we are leveraging Views to replace our MS Cluster file shares. We run these in 2 separate clusters. We are backing up 600+ VMs, multiple file shares, and leveraging other pieces, such as Kroll for Exchange, to recover our data quicker. With Views, we currently have what were once FileShares stored in an MS Cluster leveraging the speed and protection of Cohesity. We are also using Insight and Spotlight from the Marketplace to gain further insights into unusual file activity and audit trails.

Adam Badorrek - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Manager in Strategic Resource Management at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Apr 13, 2020

Our experience with the Cohesity DataProtect Platform has been overwhelmingly positive as we been able to manage our 500+ VMs and physical servers with only a few backup policies. Backups: VMs are currently being added to jobs automatically through tagging. But, we also manually add VMs to jobs at times as we need to split up the load of VMs to multiple backup jobs. We try to keep a ratio of 15 VMs to 1 job. After getting a Cohesity Agent on a SQL server and syncing it with Cohesity, it is simple to set a backup/retention schedule for Log, Incremental, and Full backups based on policy. We utilize the Cohesity APIs to produce daily reports on jobs that have succeeded, failed, paused, etc. We send an email to our Systems team with this information and log it in a .csv. This allows us to give a timeline to backup auditors as well as let us know when something isn't going right. Restores: We have used Cohesity to restore granular files as well as restore SQL databases. VM's restore to vSphere directly. VM's typically restore quite quickly and work right away as long as they're restored to the original vSphere they came from. Individual files can be searched on multiple VM backups and downloaded locally or placed back on source machine. SQL Databases can be restored to any SQL server instance, not only the original. As long as the SQL versions match. *We have had some luck restoring databases from older SQL versions to newer SQL versions. Support: Cohesity has been very responsive to support requests and resolved issues in a timely manner. They openly assist in filling in knowledge gaps about the application.

JohnBowling - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager - Storage & Backup at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Apr 6, 2020

Primary Use: PoC to test and evaluate DPS solutions with production workloads. Overall, the use case is to evaluate solutions in a multi-petabyte environment with more than 100 remote sites. The majority of the environment supports more than 5,000 VMs (VMware ESX) and several physical systems. The key criteria is the support of more than 100 remote sites connected together over slow WAN links with limited bandwidth. Image-level backups, Windows, Linux, SQL, Oracle, etc. are all key. This environment is primarily focused on traditional on-prem applications with an eye towards leveraging public cloud initiatives in the near future.

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Sr. Infrastructure Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Feb 4, 2020

We are primarily using Cohesity for Backup and Recovery (and compliance). We can use it for "basic" disaster recovery, but we are looking to implement CloudSpin and a cloud Cohesity node in Azure for replication and to bring our DR to the next level. This will allow us to collapse our secondary/DR datacentre, retire aging hardware (avoiding maintenance costs and/or new equipment costs), and move to a cloud disaster recovery solution. Our old backup and recovery solution was much too big for our organization, whereas Cohesity is powerful and simple!

Roberto Sciaccaluga - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Leader at Leonardo
Real User
Feb 1, 2020

Our primary use case is as a backup solution. We also use Cohesity for cloud enabling and seconday storage. With respect to backup, our environment is based on virtual and physical machines, and Cohesity fits great. The virtual machines are based on VMware 6.5/Nutanix solution with vCenter. Cohesity can handle up to 2,000 virtual machines with a classic schdule of one backup per day. CBT works great so it is an incremental forever solution. For our physical system, we use agents for AIX, Windows from 2003 to 2016, SUSE, and RHEL. The application backups handle SAP, SAP HANA, Oracle, and SQL Server.

reviewer1276815 - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administration Supervisor at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Jan 29, 2020

We have two primary use cases. The first was a replacement for magnetic tape backups via Backup Exec. We were tired of continually handling physical tapes, the increasingly long backup windows, and the cost of all of the tape infrastructure. We are backing up about 20TB of data between VMware and legacy NAS appliances. Our second use case was a replacement for a legacy IBM/NetApp device and a legacy NETGEAR NAS. Both devices were substantially older with no inline compression or dedupe. We were running out of space at a time when we knew that modern storage features such as compression and deduplication would give us substantial space savings.

Jay Stelmach - PeerSpot reviewer
Adjunct Professor at Southern New Hampshire University
Real User
Jan 27, 2020

We use Cohesity for backup and recovery primarily, though we are starting to look into it for file service as well. We perform on-premises backups of Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, VDI Golden Images, and a host of Windows Servers and Linux Appliances. We test the restores weekly with file-based restores. The product makes this surprisingly easy to search for folders and files. The elastic search puts Cohesity above the competition. We will be leveraging the long term retention to the cloud later this year, but with the level of support that we receive from Cohesity, we don't anticipate any issues.

reviewer1271712 - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Jan 22, 2020

We were using Backup Exec and IBM's TSM for our Intel and PowerPC systems, respectively at our data center. Add to that the monthly tapes from our two dozen remote locations, and you had a tape mess. We started having tape drive failures at the remote locations and were tired of playing the game of upgrading tape technologies and drives. Our SME for the TSM platform was leaving the company, and rather than spend time learning that system, we wanted a single solution that could protect all our data.

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System Engineer Client & Server at Swisslos Interkantonale Landeslotterie
Real User
Nov 18, 2019

The Cohesity Cluster solution is a great second-tier data management cluster for the backup of various sorts of servers like VMware VMs using the VMware API, Baremetal hardware using a Cohesity Agent, but also for hosting file shares and archiving data like emails and DBs.

User at a media company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Oct 17, 2019

We use the cluster for local backup and restore as well as for sending backups offsite. We make use of the file server capabilities as well. We can spin up test and dev workloads as needed without impacting our production storage. This solution replaced Veeam and ExaGrid.

User at Mast
Real User
Sep 19, 2019

We are using this solution for the DataProtect feature in our VMware environment. It is also protecting SQL and Exchange 2013 servers. We have two clusters that replicate to each other; this process is also very fast.

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User at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Mar 12, 2019

Backing up of our virtual environment (VMware) by replacing our current backup software that is more of an old fashion solution: not very scalable and not really well designed for multitenancy.

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User at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Feb 12, 2019

We use this to back up our VM environment. We are also using this to store file shares for our customers.

Mike O'Rourke - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Information Technology at Lighthouse Resources Inc
Real User
Nov 27, 2018

Secure backup solutions that can replicate off-site to a variety of secondary storage solutions, including other Cohesity clusters.

reviewer966867 - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Engineer
Nov 27, 2018

Backing up virtual machines on our public and private IaaS platforms. It is also used as an NFS shared secondary storage to virtual machines.

reviewer958335 - PeerSpot reviewer
User with 201-500 employees
Real User
Nov 11, 2018

We utilize Cohesity as our backup solution, it provides tiered backup layers of our VMware and physical environment as well as replaces tape storage for archival uses.

it_user849288 - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Center Technician at nuskin
Real User
Oct 10, 2018

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.

Adrian932577 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a university with 1-10 employees
Sep 20, 2018

* Virtual machines * Four physical machines * A lot of SQL databases * A huge amount of applications and application databases. * Mainly backing up locally, then replicating to the cloud, for three months.

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System Engineer at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 16, 2018

We primarily use it for data recovery and backups. We use VMware vSphere for our virtualization, and they fit together seamlessly.

Panav D Sharma - PeerSpot reviewer
Quality Engineer II at Cvent
Real User
Mar 30, 2018

Cohesity has acted as a perfect secondary storage for storing our archival data, as well as running the non I/O intensive VMs directly on the NFS data stores.

it_user829608 - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Information Systems at Community Hospital
Real User
Mar 1, 2018

Replacing our old disk-based backup system with a modern hyperconverged solution. Also, we are saving valuable datacenter rack space, which is critical as we evaluate co-location options.

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it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 22, 2021
If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cohesity DataProtect, what would you say? How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
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System Engineer at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 16, 2018
It is a great product. I recommend it.
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Data Center Technician at nuskin
Oct 10, 2018
At this time I don't, as I learn more I will update my review.
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