Marc Huppert

Installation DataPlatform Virtual Edition (VE)

After the Cohesity Overview, it is time to get some hands-on with the Virtual Edition.

It comes at two different layouts: Demonstration and Production

Here are the requirements for the Demonstration deployment:

4 vCPUs, 16GB RAM, 50GB SSD and 1TB HDD….

If you want to unleash the full power, you need to deploy the Production version:

16 vCPUs, 64GB RAM, 400GB SSD and 8TB HDD…

I deployed first the Demo version at my HomeLab to play with it. I made several tweaks to the virtual appliance to increase the performance. I had the opportunity to present my changes and feature requests to the Product Management Team at Cohesity, their feedback was amazing.


I started with the environment and really loved it from the beginning. The UI is so nice, the performance awesome and the features insane.


I decided to buy a new dedicated server just for the Cohesity DataPlatform Virtual Edition.



I ordered a HPe DL160Gen8 with the following specification:


2 x Intel Xeon E5-2650L (16 Cores and 32 Threads)

128 GB RAM DDR3-1600MHz

SmartArray P420 with 1GB Cache

2 x SanDisk X400M 1TB SSDs

2 x Seagate 8TB HDDs

1 x SanDisk FusionIO ioDrive2 1,2TB PCIe Flash

1 x 10GbE LOM Card

After installing ESXi 6.5 and the final configuration I deployed the Cohesity Virtual Edition in Production size on it.


My DataPlatform Virtual Edition has the following configuration:


16 vCPUs

64GB RAM with 100% Reservation

1st pvscsi controller with 62GB OS disk

2nd pvscsi controller with 400GB MetaData vmdk on SanDisk ioDrive2 PCIe Flash

3rd pvscsi controller with 7TB Data vmdk Eager-Zeroed-Thick (the creation took a while….)

vmxnet3 virtual NIC



It is not possible to add more than 2 vmdks to the appliance. One is used for MetaData information, this vmdk must reside on flash, the other one for data residing on magnetic spindles.

After the first power-on of the Virtual Edition you need to configure the system.