The existing traditional Veritas and Quest Software solutions were not capable of moving the company forward, and Schneider began to research solutions, first looking at big players who they discovered lacked a complete turnkey solution. Research from Gartner pointed Schneider to evaluate both Cohesity and Rubrik.
The company had already begun to migrate to VMware for virtual workloads, including more than 1,600 VMs worldwide, and Schneider had Pure Storage in place for its primary tier one storage. Working with systems integrator RoundTower Technologies, Schneider quickly ruled out Rubrik due to the inability to do physical backups, and chose Cohesity as its standard global secondary data platform with the option for both virtual and hardware form factors. The IT team first rolled out Cohesity in North America, transitioning its traditional workload to the Cohesity platform within 30 days. Schneider then rolled out to Belgium, Australia and Hungary, and now supports all global data centers.
“While a traditional vendor would take 30 days to set up the environment itself, Cohesity is so simple we can set up new environments in a matter of hours instead of days, making the shift to the cloud easy and streamlined. Cohesity’s partnerships with Pure and Microsoft to provide seamless integration also sealed the deal for Schneider Electric,” explains Jackson.
Schneider uses Cohesity Data Platform and C2500 hyperconverged nodes, which the company can easily scale and expand to additional offices or as requirements demand. With the Cohesity deployment, it was easy for Schneider, as an early adopter of Azure Archive Blog Storage, to seamlessly integrate Azure and Cohesity, to not only save costs, but also increase the value of long-term data retention and recovery.
Cohesity has enabled us to shed the weight and challenges of our legacy backup environment and shift to a hybrid cloud solution, using a single Cohesity interface to manage all storage policies and our offsite backups in Azure. We have not only realized enormous cost savings, but have been supported by Cohesity every step of the way to achieve faster recovery times, improved backup snapshot frequency, and almost immediate data recovery.”
– Gary Jackson, Global IT Leader, Energy & Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric