Cohesity announces first ROBO solution

Cohesity announced a new solution that extends and enhances its enterprise-class capabilities for the enterprise edge, empowering organizations to seamlessly manage data within remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations with a single software-defined platform, the same web-scale platform that many organizations use today to manage data across existing data center and cloud environments.

The new Cohesity solution for ROBO combines Cohesity software with certified servers from Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and is designed for enterprises with numerous branch locations, such as national banks, retailers, chain restaurants, rental car agencies, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, and global IT services. Such branch locations often have data that needs to be managed, protected, and secured locally, without dedicated IT staff on-site administration.

The solution is designed for quick and easy installation and offers enterprises the same functionality at branch locations that they rely upon in the data center. This is the industry’s first solution to combine backup and recovery, file and object services, and cloud archival in a single platform that is optimized for ROBO locations and continues to extend the power of modern data management to more customers

The new solution addresses administrative, latency, and bandwidth concerns at remote locations while at the same time complying with data recoverability concerns and compliance mandates of corporate headquarters. Once deployed, administrators can perform management operations centrally — such as creating simple policies for backup and recovery across multiple branch locations, as well as branch replication policies that ensure a copy of the data is available from the data center or cloud in case of local failures.

With this new ROBO solution, customers will have direct access to the numerous enterprise-class capabilities of Cohesity’s data management software that they are accustomed to in the data center. These include an immutable file system to help defend against ransomware, global variable-length sliding window deduplication and compression to optimize both storage efficiency and bandwidth utilization, data encryption at rest and in flight for security, and instant mass restores to rapidly recover an entire branch when needed.

Customers can also use Cohesity software on certified hardware to provide file and object services (for example to replace local Windows file servers) as well as archival functions (including low-cost cloud storage options) at the edge so that customers can simplify overall site maintenance and operations.

“Enterprises that rely on intelligent data platform solutions from HPE and Cohesity software to run backup, file and object services, and cloud archival use cases in their data center can now extend that functionality to their branch office locations,” said Patrick Osborne, vice president and general manager, Big Data Analytics and Scale-Out Data Platforms, HPE. “This new solution plays a very important role in our portfolio and provides joint customers our best-in-class servers and services combined with Cohesity’s innovative data management software.”

“Cisco’s enterprise customers are increasingly generating and processing data in ROBO locations, and it’s important that we offer them an industry-first solution that handles data management use cases in a simple, unified, and effective way,” said Siva Sivakumar, senior director, Data Center Solutions, Cisco. “Cisco’s UCS Servers and Intersight SaaS platform combined with Cohesity software deliver the ideal solution at scale with architectural consistency from Datacenter to Cloud to Edge.”

The new solution builds on Cohesity’s existing edge capabilities. Customers can now adopt Cohesity’s data management solution for edge locations either as a virtual appliance or as a physical appliance based on newly certified partner servers.

“Enterprises are looking for a simple and sustainable way to handle the increasing volume of data created and stored at edge locations,” said Vineet Abraham, senior vice president of engineering and product management, Cohesity. “By offering the enterprise-class features of Cohesity software in a cost-effective, plug-and-play solution, we are empowering organizations to bring their data center, cloud, and edge together on a single platform.”

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