Master Group set up proof-of-concept environments to evaluate Cohesity, Commvault, and Rubrik. In head-to-head comparisons, Cohesity demonstrated superior speed, easier management, and more comprehensive data protection.
“Cohesity backed up data twice as fast as the other two solutions,” according to François Lepage, Master Group Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Manager. “That sealed the deal for us. Cohesity was clearly the best solution to solve our backup challenges, help us extend to cloud, and reduce our costs going forward.”
The Master Group deployed Cohesity DataProtect and Cohesity DataPlatform on Cisco UCS for backup, recovery, and data protection, along with CloudArchive to store data in AWS Glacier for long-term retention. That eliminated legacy tape backup headaches. The distributor has two Cohesity clusters and replicates data to its secondary co-location (COLO) environment to ensure reliable DR.
DataPlatform’s native snapshot integration with Cisco HyperFlex ensures VM protection workflows are completed more efficiently, elevating end-user experience by alleviating the performance impact of VM stunning and IO penalties on mission-critical ERP and CRM VMs. It also allows the distributor to move away from physical servers for low-latency backup. The software-defined Cohesity data management platform works seamlessly across data centers, freeing valuable IT resources for more innovative projects. Through Cisco Intersight and Cohesity Helios, the IT team has complete visibility into its backup servers and data, overcoming previous day-to-day management obstacles. Staff has even gone several days without needing to check the console.
A key Cohesity feature valuable to Master Group is instant mass restore, which allows the IT team to restore VMs in a matter of minutes, at scale. This not only simplifies data protection, but ensures seamless protection. “The Google-like search capability has made it easy to restore data regardless of knowing if the data was located across files, VMs, or folders. The entire process is more efficient,” says Lepage. “In our previous environment, it could take several days to restore our largest Exchange backup, but now, with Cohesity, we can accomplish a restore in a matter of hours.”
Additionally, the distributor is able to back up an AlwaysOn Availability Group (AAG) of SQL servers with Cohesity. Its previous backup product was unable to protect databases in an availability group and prevented Master Group from taking steps to ensure high availability for its data.
A true backup solution for Cisco HyperFlex, Cohesity on Cisco UCS combined with Cisco Intersight has freed our team to focus on valuable projects while resting easy because our environment is secure and data is restored in minutes. We’ve significantly simplified data management and gained new insights and efficiencies across the board, returning tremendous benefits to our entire organization.”
– François Lepage, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Manager, The Master Group