Today, VMware and Cohesity are publishing a joint white paper on “Simplifying Data Protection for VMware Virtual SAN with Cohesity DataPlatform.” You can download a copy of the paper here. The paper is jointly authored by our good friend Rawlinson Rivera of VMware (@PunchingClouds), Sai Mukundan of Cohesity, and me. In addition to the paper, we are also running a webcast with Rawlinson and Johnny Chen of Cohesity tomorrow. You can sign up for the webcast here.
So – why do we think this paper and webcast are important? In a nutshell, we’ve experienced the benefits of Virtual SAN (VSAN) and Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) to make primary storage much better. But secondary storage and data protection haven’t improved much over the past decade or so. Cohesity DataPlatform provides the perfect hyperconverged secondary storage to complement Virtual SAN and bring the benefits of hyperconverged to both primary and secondary.
VMware has made tremendous strides over the past few years to improve primary storage in vSphere environments. VMware Storage Policy-Based Management shifts storage management from being static and infrastructure-centric, to a dynamic, policy-driven, application-centric management model. VMware Virtual SAN provides the VMware hyperconverged storage offering. Virtual SAN has seen tremendous traction over the past couple of years, because it’s much simpler and cost-effective than provisioning traditional SAN and NAS.
While we’ve all been very busy making primary storage better, we haven’t paid much attention to secondary storage. In fact, there has been a surprising gap of innovation in this space. Typically, vSphere data protection is dealing with the following issues:
What makes Cohesity unique? It boils down to a few key differentiators:
For more information on the joint VMware Virtual SAN + Cohesity solution, you can download the paper here and sign up for the webcast here. And look for more great joint content to be published in the near future as we build out more demos and solutions!