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:
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.