Marc Huppert


Cohesity, a relative new startup from Silicon Valley has a mission: Hyperconverged Secondary Storage. Here is the official statement:

“Cohesity makes large organizations productive by consolidating, protecting and sharing your non-mission-critical data assets. Your essential data is instantly available when you need it, where you need it. Our ground-breaking distributed systems technology hyperconverges all secondary storage workloads into an efficient, agile and infinitely scalable resource pool. This greatly simplifies both your infrastructure and the resources to administer it.”

I first recognized Cohesity two years ago, when I thought it was a nice idea. Today it is a solution! An awesome one!

“Cohesity DataPlatform is the industry’s only hyperconverged platform designed to consolidate all secondary storage and data services at web-scale. Consolidate backup data, files and objects on distributed storage with best-in-class space efficiency and zero-cost copies. Converge your data services on Cohesity, including data protection, in-place search and analytics, and provisioning of test/dev copies. Build a data fabric that extends from the edge to the cloud and enable multicloud data and application mobility.”

They offer Secondary Storage, called DataPlatform with Global Dedupe, Compression and Encryption. Basis for that is an Intel Whitebox Server System with 4 Nodes within a 2U HE chassis. 3 Nodes are minimum required. They are not using a hypervisor, they installed their own Operating System and Cohesity Distributed File System. The system can scale to any capacity and infinite number of nodes.

Cohesity is Not Just A Backup! It is a complete solution.

Traditional data protection is complex, slow and inefficient. It requires multiple infrastructure silos for backups, target storage, and long-term data retention. Backups are typically only done once a day, and recovery times can take multiple hours, far slower than required by most mission-critical applications.


Multicloud Integration

Cohesity integrates natively with all the leading public clouds for data archival, tiering and replication. Leverage the economics and convenience of the public cloud as an alternative to tape for long-term data retention. Build a multicloud data fabric to support disaster recovery, test/dev, and application migrations across multicloud environments.


Test / Dev

Developers need fast access to copies of production data throughout the test/dev process. With Cohesity, provide developers with instantaneous access to zero-cost copies of your VM and database backups. Replace traditional test/dev storage with Cohesity and eliminate the cost and effort of creating copies across silos.



Traditional backup data typically remains ‘dark’ because it can’t be analyzed easily. With Cohesity, perform custom analytics jobs of your protected data directly on the Cohesity cluster, without having to copy data to a separate analytics cluster. You can now easily analyze your data, whether to ensure compliance or to extract valuable insight from your backups.


Files & Objects

Files and objects are typically stored on yet another dedicated storage silo. Cohesity exposes distributed NFS, SMB and S3 interfaces to provide file and object storage. Eliminate the need to manage multiple silos, and converge your files and object storage on the same platform used for your data protection.

What if I wanted to start smaller? Maybe in a ROBO environment?


The solution for that is the Virtual Edition:

“DataPlatform Virtual Edition (VE) is DataPlatform delivered as a virtual appliance. Simplify data protection and consolidate secondary storage in a simple and cost-effective virtualized form factor for remote and branch offices (ROBO). Manage remote offices through the same UI, APIs, and policy-driven automation used in central datacenters.”



The Virtual Edition has the same features like their big brothers, but comes as an OVA file.

It will be possible to use it for example inside remote offices and replicate it to the main Datacenter, where a Hardware Cohestiy DataPlatform is waiting for the data. It also can replicate into the Cloud.

You can find the Installation infos here