Since deploying Cohesity DataPlatform, Ridgeback IT no longer has to spend precious time every day checking backups and reviewing backup logs. IT staff simply scan the automated Cohesity daily report for anomalies. And when a data or file recovery request comes in, IT relies on Cohesity’s global search capabilities to speed the previously tedious process. The platform’s automated global indexing of virtual machines (VMs), files, and objects helps IT simply recover a file from a snapshot or head in the right direction to keep digging—without having to drill down into file trees.
“The search capability is fast, and it’s not limited by one silo, for example a database server,” said Watt. “I can enter a search term and Cohesity brings back results from across the entire environment. This is really nice from an audit perspective, and it worked great recently when one of our accountants was looking for a spreadsheet from someone who had left the company.”
Ridgeback’s environment is completely virtualized, allowing IT to plug VMware vCenter source into a system for daily VM backups. The company is also performing SQL and Oracle backups. “With Cohesity, we can do really granular backups and recovery of databases. And because it’s all incremental or log-based, they’re really fast.”
Ridgeback IT uses Cohesity CloudArchive for long-term retention, offloading some data to Microsoft Azure blob storage. IT has plans to do more with cloud, including enabling VM replication to the cloud with Cohesity CloudSpin—which through automation and by eliminating physical systems will improve DR efficiency.
“We use Office 365—Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive—and retention policies for data stored in the cloud, but that isn’t really backup. So we have been experimenting with Cohesity as an additional disaster recovery fail-safe so if something did happen to a mailbox/site/file—like it got corrupted or hit by ransomware—we’d have a way to recover it,” said Watt.