Expanding its existing EMC Avamar + DataDomain would have addressed capacity issues but would have further siloed Valley Proteins’ secondary storage environment. The initial CapEx and on-going OpEx were prohibitive. To adopt a scalable architecture, the team decided to replace EMC Avamar and DataDomain with Cohesity DataProtect, a hyperconverged secondary storage solution.
Cohesity allowed Valley Proteins to consolidate its backup software and target storage onto one, easy-to-use and manage unified solution. The close integration of Cohesity DataProtect with Pure Storage FlashArray offered the team automated tier snapshots and long-term retention capabilities of its virtual and physical servers and Microsoft SQL databases.
By leveraging parallelized data ingestion and storing each backup as a fully hydrated copy on Cohesity DataPlatform, the team reduced its recovery points to sub-5 minutes and achieved near-instantaneous recovery. During the proof of concept, Valley Proteins had a server fail and with Cohesity, the team was able to recover and operationalize the node 4x faster than the incumbent solution.
Cohesity’s scale-out, hyperconverged secondary storage platform allowed us to build a true Software-Defined Data Center. With DataPlatform and DataProtect, we pulled the intelligence in the software layer and were able to simplify our overall IT operations.
—Bradley Wilton, IT Director