GigaOm Solution Profile: Cohesity

An Exploration Based on Key Criteria for Evaluating Hybrid Cloud Data Protection

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Key Criteria Analysis
  3. Evaluation Metrics Analysis
  4. Bottom Line

1. Summary

Cohesity is a relatively new company in the data protection arena and has been able to attract the attention of the enterprise market because of its vision and innovative approach. In fact, Cohesity was one of the first players to recognize data protection as essential to a complete data management solution, and its products are designed around an encompassing model that includes consolidation, protection, and management. To achieve this goal, the company developed a scale-out file system to store data on the back end with an extremely easy-to-use UI and a series of tools to protect, consolidate, analyze, secure, and manage data from an impressive number of sources.

Market Segment

Deployment Model

SMB ISP/MSP Specialized On-Premises Cloud-Hosted SaaS
3 Exceptional: Outstanding focus and execution
2 Capable: Good but with room for improvement
2 Limited: Lacking in execution and use cases
2 Not applicable or absent

The core solution, DataProtect, was originally available as a scale-out appliance or as software to be installed in standard servers or cloud virtual appliances. It is now available as a SaaS solution as well, and this enables the company to expand its reach to smaller and mid-size organizations, which can now deploy the product with minimal investment. Moreover, thanks to Cohesity’s Helios SaaS data management platform, large IT organizations can now take advantage of the hybrid solution to cover even more scenarios and execute on their hybrid and multi-cloud cloud strategies.

Cohesity’s solutions are available worldwide through certified channel partners. The company has always provided a full set of APIs to simplify integration with third parties and give advanced users the tools to customize and automate a number of processes. This enabled the company to build a proper marketplace that includes sophisticated solutions aimed at improving data management, security scanning, reporting, and analytics. These solutions are fully integrated with the product’s UI for consistent and seamless installation, configuration, and use.

Users in the field report very high satisfaction rates for the solution, mentioning a good return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO), thanks to a general simplification of data protection and data management processes. Most of these users start with a single data protection use case and expand the system later to take full advantage of its capabilities, in particular its flexibility and scalability. Cohesity is actively certified and supported by primary hardware and storage vendors as well as several ISVs.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding consider reviewing the following reports:

Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.

GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.

Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.

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