Federal Clients Gain Seamless Data Management and Reduced TCO with Cohesity

Cohesity Enables Lower OpEx with Flexible Data Management

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At a Glance

SEVTECH serves federal, state, and local government clients to deliver cutting-edge IT solutions. Cohesity provides a flexible and scalable data management solution that is ideal for SEVTECH’s federal clients.

Challenges

SEVTECH recently engaged with a federal agency that needed to architect a data management solution to back up a virtualized environment, as well as replicate data to its disaster recovery site for business continuity.

Solution

Cohesity won out for its ease of deployment, scalability, ease-of-use, and the ability to quickly restore data at scale. While Commvault and other vendors didn’t provide the restore capabilities the agency needed, Cohesity not only provided reliable data restores, but also had an attractive licensing model.

Results

Since deploying Cohesity, SEVTECH has seen tremendous results for its client. Compared to the previous legacy solution, time for snapshot recovery was improved by over 25 percent. Overall backup and recovery times were cut by more than half compared to Commvault.

Challenges

SEVTECH recently engaged with a federal agency that needed to architect a data management solution to back up a virtualized environment, as well as replicate data to its disaster recovery site for business continuity. SEVTECH was brought in to build a new solution covering 40 branch locations with large data volumes.

Each branch location for the agency manages up to 80TB of data, and to further complicate the requirements, each site must adhere to the rules and regulations of its particular jurisdiction. Because of this mandate, it was imperative to keep data isolated and secure at each branch location. The agency needed a solution to effectively manage a de-centralized environment with seamless scalability.

SEVTECH aimed for the following capabilities in a data management solution for its federal client:

  • Reliable data recovery and restoration with simplified management
  • Ability to restore production workloads with native options for VMware and Nutanix
  • Cost-effective licensing model and scalability
  • Capability for future use case to replicate on-prem to AWS cloud

Solution

After considering Cohesity, Commvault and other providers through a Proof of Concept (PoC), SEVTECH recommended Cohesity for a flexible, scalable data management solution. Cohesity won out for its ease of deployment, scalability, ease-of-use, and the ability to quickly restore data at scale. While other vendors didn’t provide the restore capabilities the agency needed, or in some cases, the restore actually failed, Cohesity not only provided reliable data restores, but also had an attractive licensing model.

The agency deployed Cohesity DataPlatform and DataProtect for a complete data management solution. In addition to providing backup and recovery, Cohesity also provides NAS file services for its VDI environment, acting as a file server for VDI instances and providing network shares for active directory users.

Cohesity provided a flexible and scalable data management solution that is ideal for our federal clients, enabling a seamless platform for managing large volumes of data and video files across multiple branch locations. Cohesity delivered lower TCO, the ability to archive data natively to the cloud, and fast and simplified data restores to ensure disaster recovery and business continuity. We look forward to introducing more of our federal clients to Cohesity for a next-gen data management solution.”

– Aaron Venson, Senior Network Architect, SEVTECH

Results

Since deploying Cohesity, SEVTECH has seen tremendous results for its client. Compared to the previous legacy solution, time for snapshot recovery was improved by over 25 percent. Overall backup and recovery times were cut by more than half compared to Commvault. Cost savings came in multiple ways, including reduced TCO for power and disk space at each branch location. The agency will continue to lower costs as it adopts data archival to the cloud, as well as provide ease-of-management for a reduction in OpEx. Cohesity’s portable licensing model is cost-effective and ahead of its competitors.

The Cohesity solution provides flexibility for data management, giving the agency options for how to manage and restore data. Now that the agency has the ability to restore VMs from its primary storage onto Cohesity, it will allow the IT team to provide business continuity. For example, if a site were to go down, the video footage can be redirected to a VM at another location without having to reconfigure a VM or lose surveillance data. Cohesity allows for data replication to a secondary on-prem data center or to the cloud to ensure data integrity.

“Cohesity was the only data management provider we could identify for our customer that checked all the boxes, and could offer a hyperconverged model that the environment required,” states Venson. “I see Cohesity offering much more than backup and recovery, and that is a huge benefit for our client.” The federal agency realized many benefits with Cohesity including:

  • Reduced TCO with lower requirements for disk space and power
  • Faster and more reliable data recovery with advanced native integration and features
  • Reduced OpEx with ability to use Cohesity for multiple use cases and functionality
  • Flexible solution with multiple options to ensure business continuity, including data replication to the public cloud

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Overview

SEVTECH is an IT consulting and services provider headquartered in Virginia and founded in 2014. Its mission is to target federal, state, and local government clients and deliver cutting-edge IT solutions.  The agency aims to maximize each tax dollar spent to implement IT solutions for its government clients.

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