Sky Lakes was among the first to test and deploy the now validated Cisco–Cohesity 40G design. Its engineers found Cohesity much faster to set up and far easier to use than its prior data management product. There is no more manually adding servers to the backup queue because Cohesity automatically adds each virtual machine (VM) and workload while enabling Sky Lakes IT to tag only those it does not want to have backed up. This prevents the previously challenging scenario of IT scrambling to do a restore on a server that had been operational for months but never backed up. Cisco Intersight reduces IT operations time and enables oversight of the entire infrastructure, including Cisco HyperFlex and Cohesity-certified Cisco UCS nodes.
Sky Lakes sees tremendous value in Cohesity DataPlatform because it supports multiple data management use cases. In addition to modern backup, Sky Lakes relies on Cohesity SmartFiles, a software-defined solution for files and objects that goes beyond traditional scale-out NAS. Complementary to Cisco HyperFlex, SmartFiles helps reduce Sky Lakes PACS total cost of ownership (TCO) by using Cisco HyperFlex as a cache tier for radiology images, such as x-rays and CT scans, and Cohesity DataPlaform as an archive tier. As a result, Sky Lakes no longer uses more costly primary storage for PACS archives. The healthcare provider expects to deploy the same configuration for its camera systems.
Sky Lakes IT staff finds data restores are faster and simpler with Cohesity. When someone accidentally deleted a drive on a server with oncology electronic medical records, Cohesity not only restored the data with integrity, which if had been an emergency could help save lives, but also several hours faster than the legacy product could. In another case, a PACS vendor corrupted an SQL database at 6:30 p.m. and contacted an engineer who was able to quickly log into Cohesity remotely, discover the last fully hydrated backup from 30 minutes prior, and completely restore the entire database in 2 minutes and 40 seconds. This would have taken hours with the previous backup product.
Sky Lakes has been diligent about executing Windows patches on all of its servers. Yet more than once when patching has broken a server, IT has been able to do a fast restore—in one case, bringing back a server with separate VMs and SQL backups to different time periods.
Additionally, Cohesity bolsters the Sky Lakes DR strategy. Cohesity DataPlatform running on Cisco UCS is used as a bi-directional replication target, enabling the provider to have two, high-capacity sites mirroring each other for DR.
“We’re trying to deliver quality healthcare with limited budget and resources,” Gaede explains. “Cohesity is reliable and on top of that, we get the ease of use value and the speed at which it performs. All of Cohesity’s innovation helps our engineers do something immediately and then quickly move to the next task.”
We are getting more work done than ever, which I attribute to both our talented team and the very strategic investments we’ve made in Cisco and Cohesity. There is 100% consensus among our engineers that Cohesity works reliably, is easy to use, and we can all be productive with it. That’s powerful.”
— John Gaede, Director of IS, Sky Lakes Medical Center