Like many of its customers, Cisco chose the combined power of Cohesity DataPlatform and Cohesity DataProtect software on Cisco UCS servers for simpler, more efficient data management. Today, Cisco IT is able to greatly simplify maintenance and operations through data optimization and workflow automation as well as enable real-time insights into backup progress. A consolidated view of backups for reporting boosts service-level agreement (SLA) tracking for backups.
The new architecture speeds backups by reducing hops from source systems to target storage from many to one. It uses Cisco UCS C240s to host the backup cluster because these systems have NVMe caching capabilities that increase performance compared to SSD cache. Currently, Cisco has backed up part of its file system and database workloads. With erasure coding, Cisco IT protects against node and disk failures while automatic data rebuilding allows the team to support future hardware upgrades without the need for downtime, thereby increasing customer satisfaction.
In Cisco IT’s traditional environment, relational database workloads and standard file system backups are protected by Cohesity. In Cisco IT’s next-generation private cloud platform, an OpenStack-based environment, the Cohesity solution is offered as an end-to-end self-service backup offering for clients. For the private cloud platform, Cisco IT uses S3-compliant object storage. This on-premises long-term data retention solution with extensible APIs offers internal clients the opportunity to move data to object storage and keep it there for up to one year, if needed. Cohesity on Cisco UCS also lets Cisco IT easily configure backups to be compatible with leading public clouds. Together, these options deliver the ultimate client experience—providing the freedom to choose where to perform long-term backup.
Because Cohesity is provided as a self-service platform, it complements the Cisco DevOps operating model. Administrators no longer configure backups or open a case to recover a file; clients can do this independently using Cisco IT’s cloud infrastructure—extending their self-help customer service mindset to enterprise backups.
Cohesity on Cisco UCS drives operational excellence. Its self-service capabilities coupled with a simplified and scale-out architecture make it easy to deploy backup services. The combined efficiency of Cohesity software and power of Cisco UCS provide an integrated solution that lowers costs, streamlines data management, and speeds deployment, propelling our Cisco-on-Cisco story forward as we navigate the effective management of unstructured data growth.”
– Cisco IT Team