After discovering Cohesity while at VMworld, Gleaner IT staff evaluated Cohesity’s modern data management solution against Rubrik and Storage Craft. It selected and deployed Cohesity because both its backup and file share capabilities were superior to the other vendors’ products. Rubrik did not offer scale-out NAS, —which Gleaner needed to replace as its previous technology that had been consuming IT time to the point where staff had begun manually removing duplicate files from shared drives to save space.
Today, Gleaner relies on Cohesity nodes for two critical use cases: Scale-out NAS and backup of its VMware VMs from the production environment with replication to a co-location facility—eliminating the need for tape.
“The price was very attractive because Cohesity was 30–40 percent cheaper than the others but Cohesity file services was the deal sealer for us,” Van Camp says. “The overall speed and reduction in data from dedupe with compression has saved us quite a bit.”
Cohesity SmartFiles with advanced deduplication, compression, and small-file capacity optimization eliminates file redundancy across siloed folders and directories. At Gleaner, this means greater efficiency for files including marketing and customer policy communications created with productivity applications such as Microsoft 365 and Adobe Acrobat. Impressive, efficient data reduction lowers physical storage costs and data center footprints which in turn leads to reduced energy consumption and lower power and cooling costs. Storage throughput is faster, too.
Positive feedback from branch offices was a surprising benefit of deploying Cohesity software. The legacy NAS solution with its older SMB protocol was chattier than Cohesity, negatively impacting performance. Van Camp says, “Users actually reached out and thanked us for moving file shares to a much faster platform.”
Gleaner, which has been using Microsoft 365 for a number of years, is also taking advantage of Cohesity to back up all of its users’ mailboxes. For IT, it is a simplified, additional layer of protection without another license fee. Next, the insurer is looking to back up its SQL databases and soon after, add Cohesity Continuous Data Protection for recovery resilience.
“What’s impressed us most since we adopted Cohesity has been the very bold approach the company has taken to adding features, like Microsoft 365,” says Van Camp.
Cohesity helped us eliminate our existing storage filer and it does everything we need it to do for backups—all for 30–40 percent less than other data management solutions. It’s fun to work with a company actively delivering capabilities fast, like backup for Microsoft 365, that provide real value to customers at no additional cost.”
— Josh Van Camp, Network Administration Supervisor, Gleaner Life Insurance Company