Today, Methodist manages two data centers—one production, the other DR—both running Cohesity DataPlatform and Cohesity DataProtect on certified Cisco UCS C240 M5 nodes. Non-latency sensitive data is backed up and recovered in the production site with bi-directional replication to the DR site. The joint solution simplifies management with a single, HTML5-based user interface (UI) that is easy to use and navigate. Unlike siloed, legacy infrastructure, the consolidated platform features fast ingest and non-disruptive upgrades as well as true global deduplication and impressive storage efficiency.
The health system staff receives proactive updates about the environment through Cohesity Helios, a SaaS-based global management tool for complete workload visibility. Non-disruptive upgrades and the ability to scale out the system based upon data growth helps keep costs predictable.
Cohesity integrated with Cisco, which Methodist also trusts for its networking, gives the healthcare provider a unified data management solution from proven partners. “We can set it and forget it,” says Rue. “And if there is an issue, Cisco SmartNet combined with Cohesity support streamlines issue resolution.”
Methodist can now use the solution to generate custom reports through the Cohesity Reporting app (based on the popular analytics app JReport) available on the Cohesity Marketplace. The app provides the team with reports for operational health, compliance, and audit for data under management, capacity monitoring and planning, as well as showback and chargeback.
“One of our biggest challenges used to be reporting,” says Rue. “We like the granularity of the new solution’s reporting, for example, to see how much time server backup is taking, limits on space, and change tension, so we know where to adjust settings to make improvements.”
Replacing our seven-year-old solution with Cohesity on Cisco UCS was like going from a Chevy truck to a brand new Lexus. We got similar features but with more efficiencies plus new capabilities such as scalability, Office 365 support, ease of use, and customized reporting that are important to our healthcare system.”
— Kevin Rue, Senior Systems Engineer, Methodist Health System