After Insight Canada introduced The Master Group to several data management solution providers, the IT team 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 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. The software-defined Cohesity data management platform works seamlessly across data centers, freeing valuable IT resources for more innovative projects. Through a single interface with Cohesity Helios, the IT team has complete visibility into its backup data and has been able to overcome previous day-to-day management obstacles. Staff have even gone several days without needing to check the console.
A key Cohesity feature valuable to The Master Group is instant mass restore of VMs, 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.”
A true backup solution, Cohesity has given our team new freedom and time to focus on valuable projects while resting easy because our environment is secure and we can easily restore data in minutes. We’ve significantly simplified data management and gained efficiencies across the board, returning tremendous benefits to our entire organization.”
– François Lepage, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Manager, The Master Group