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VMblog's Expert Interviews: Cohesity Talks Google Cloudline, Hyperconvergence and Cloud Storage

Interview Cohesity 

Cohesity recently announced it would provide enterprises with Coldline, Google Cloud Platform's newest storage class of service for highly cost-effective data archival and recovery. To find out more about this new offering and how it impacts enterprises, I reached out to Mohit Aron, CEO and Founder of Cohesity. 

VMblog:  Before we jump into specifics around the latest announcement, can you provide a quick backgrounder on Cohesity?

Mohit Aron:  Cohesity provides the industry's only hyperconverged secondary storage platform that consolidates workloads including data protection, archiving, analytics, and DevOps on an intelligent, web-scale platform. Storage can be divided into two parts: primary storage and secondary storage. Primary storage is what runs a business' mission critical applications and typically requires a strict SLA. Secondary storage is defined as data that is not classified as mission critical (i.e., backup, test/dev or analytics), which accounts for 80% of a typical enterprise's total storage assets. Cohesity consolidates secondary storage workloads, eliminating data silos and avoiding the duplication data of caused by using multiple storage solutions across the cloud and on-premises. This gives storage administrators a single view of all their data assets and avoids problems associated with "dark data."

VMblog:  With regard to your recent announcement, what can customers gain by using Google Coldline alongside Cohesity?

Aron:  Cohesity's product integration with Google Cloud Storage Coldline provides customers with an enterprise hybrid cloud data protection strategy with end-to-end data protection that spans on-premises and cloud storage infrastructure. Our integration with Google Cloud Storage Coldline enables enterprises to deploy cost effective cloud storage for long-term data retention, support regulatory compliance requirements with cloud archiving and improve disaster recovery with data copies stored in Coldline.

VMblog:  Why did Cohesity decide to work with Google on Coldline?

Aron:  Cohesity decided to partner with Google on Coldline to provide enterprise customers with the latest and most innovative solutions for a hybrid cloud data storage strategy and its associated cost benefits. Most of today's enterprises are using antiquated methods and technology to handle archival, from tape to WORM laserdisc. Investing in additional hardware to meet growing storage demands is expensive and that's where the cloud comes in. We wanted offer customers the combined capabilities of CloudArchive, CloudTier and CloudReplicate.

To provide more background, CloudArchive enables enterprises to set up an additional backup policy in the cloud that can run parallel to offsite replication. CloudTier uses industry-standard S3 communications to extend the capacity of your cluster to a pool of storage at a public cloud provider of your choice, such as Google, AWS or Microsoft Azure. By treating the cloud as a third tier, it can save enterprises storage capacity for their cold data. Lastly, CloudReplicate provides customers with the capability to replicate local storage instances to remote public or private cloud services.

VMblog:  Why is Google Coldline significant for the secondary storage industry?

Aron:  Google Coldline is significant, particularly for the secondary storage industry, as it provides incredibly cost-effective cloud storage for secondary workloads. Google is looking at enterprise storage holistically and recognizes the need for primary and secondary storage are different. We knew customers would benefit from a cloud solution for secondary storage that provides end-to-end data protection that covers on-premises and cloud storage infrastructures. By combining Coldline with the benefits of their Multi-Region and Nearline solutions, we are providing a unique platform that addresses a wide range of secondary storage needs.

VMblog:  What does hyperconvergence offer customers that want to rethink their secondary storage strategy?

Aron:  Hyperconvergence is the merger of compute and storage into a single unit of infrastructure with a single operating environment, removing the physical barriers between compute, network and storage that restrict performance, efficiency, and ease-of-use. Additionally, hyperconvergence has the ability to run any workload on your homogeneous infrastructure. This means you no longer have to worry about balancing compute, network and storage. Lastly, hyperconverged infrastructures dynamically adapt to the performance and capacity needs of each application, removing the need for continuous tuning and optimization.

Hyperconvergence represents a significant opportunity for enterprises that are struggling with an unnecessarily complex assortment of legacy secondary storage solutions because there has been so much fragmentation and lack of innovation in this area. Hyperconverged secondary storage merges the entire array of secondary storage workflows, such as data protection, analytics, DevOps and object stores, onto a single platform. This provides greater efficiency by consolidating fragmented secondary storage silos. On top of this, organizations can focus on the benefits of global data reduction, copy data management, in-place search and analytics across a merged infrastructure.

VMblog:  How does Cohesity help customers manage the interplay between cloud and on-premises storage?

Aron:  Your on-premises storage is similar to owning a house, and the cloud is similar to renting a hotel room. Hotel rooms are obviously more convenient than buying a house, but moving your possessions in and out of hotel rooms is costly and time-consuming.  With Cohesity, you have the ability to optimize your storage between your on-premises location, or in the cloud.   We provide a seamless way to move your data across locations, based on convenience, and your need for regular access.

Cohesity also offers vendor-agnostic integration with both public and private cloud services. This allows enterprises to seamlessly connect with Google Coldline in addition to Amazon and Microsoft public clouds to free up on-premises capacity. We want to make the interplay between cloud and on-premises as efficient and seamless as possible for secondary storage through a single software interface. As noted previously, we do this by providing CloudReplicate (ability to run Cohesity as a virtual appliance), CloudArchive (the transfer of data to cloud services) and CloudTier (transfer of cold data to the cloud) capabilities.

VMblog:  What's next in cloud storage, down the road?

Aron:  Enterprises are increasingly taking a hybrid cloud approach for their secondary storage workloads to provide additional flexibility and cost-savings.  Deploying a single platform that offers seamless integration with cloud storage is a huge benefit to them. Down the road, we expect more vendors and customers to invest in solutions that provide a high degree of flexibility to move secondary data between on-premises and cloud storage.


Once more, a special thank you to Mohit Aron, CEO and Founder of Cohesity, for taking time out to speak with

Published Wednesday, November 09, 2016 7:03 AM by David Marshall
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