Cohesity Expands Relationship with Amazon Web Services

November 26, 2018 0 By Hoofer

Cohesity, a leader of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced a wide range of new solutions, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), that empower customers to bring together cloud-native backups, full lifecycle disaster recovery, and long-term data retention on a single, easy-to-use platform. Cohesity also revealed a dramatic increase in the number of customers utilizing solutions from AWS and Cohesity as more organizations embrace a more automated and scalable approach to hybrid cloud architecture.

Modern enterprises overwhelmingly recognize the value of leveraging cloud infrastructure together with on-premises resources to achieve new levels of efficiency and cost savings. A recent survey from IDG found that 73 percent of organizations have at least one application, or a portion of their computing infrastructure, in the cloud already, and that is expected to grow to 90 percent in 2019.

"Cohesity is giving customers new ways to leverage AWS in support of a variety of secondary workloads," said Lynn Lucas, chief marketing officer, Cohesity. "Cohesity is focused on helping customers address critical challenges tied to mass data fragmentation. Our deep relationship with AWS gives customers greater flexibility and agility while managing their critical infrastructure and data through a single user interface on a web-scale platform."

Running on AWS Cloud Deliver Automation for Management Simplicity

Cohesity’s solutions running on AWS bring a new level of automation to cloud-based backup and recovery processes, leveraging Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) snapshot APIs to protect cloud-native virtual machines (VMs). Cohesity DataProtect auto-discovery and auto-protect capabilities help ensure that backups scale automatically as cloud-based workloads are added or deleted, and empower administrators to set backup policies for different virtual machines (VMs) that automatically match different service level agreement (SLA) requirements. This can free up significant time and resources that administrators often spend backing up cloud-based VMs using a legacy approach.

Cohesity also is empowering customers to leverage AWS for full lifecycle disaster recovery with failover and failback capabilities. If customers encounter an outage in the data center, they can rely on automated policies to activate backup VMs on AWS and then bring the workloads back to the original location when the incident is over. By adding automation at various steps of the disaster recovery lifecycle, Cohesity gives system administrators more flexibility in easily addressing critical disaster recovery situations.

Cohesity also announced support for AWS Snowball, a petabyte-scale data transport solution that makes it easy to transfer large amounts of data into and out of AWS. Customers can now use the Cohesity interface to create a policy-based protection task and subsequently archive data to AWS Snowball for an easy and cost-effective way to handle data migration.

Enthusiastic Customer Response Drives Growing Relationship Between AWS and Cohesity

Adoption of Cohesity’s solutions running AWS has risen dramatically as the two companies continue to build on their existing relationship. The number of Cohesity customers that added integrations with AWS tripled in the second half of the most recent fiscal year (which ended July 30), compared to the first half of the fiscal year. Cohesity now has numerous customers leveraging AWS, including Air Bud Entertainment, LendingClub, the San Francisco Giants, and other marquee clients. Even more striking is that the total petabytes of AWS cloud consumption on Cohesity’s platform has grown by a factor of 17 since December 2017.

"As you might imagine for a film production company, Air Bud has doubled the number of files we generate on a daily basis over the last several years, and we are required to save millions and millions of files for an indefinite period of time," said Tyson Clark, technical director, Air Bud Entertainment. "Cohesity was the next-gen secondary data solution we needed to move us forward, and leveraging Cohesity’s solution running on AWS allows for automated and secure backup and full lifecycle disaster recovery on the cloud. With Cohesity, we now have one platform that gives us the ability to easily search and recover data, keeping our production schedules on track and saving time and expense for Air Bud Entertainment."