Cohesity DataPlatform Gains Notable Secondary Storage Improvements
Cohesity has upgraded its Cohesity DataPlatform to integrate and run needed applications such as antivirus and auditing services right inside the storage platform rather than requiring a separate hardware infrastructure. The new capabilities work with applications found in the Cohesity Marketplace, making it easier for users to find and run the applications they need for their businesses.
In addition, Cohesity also has added new capabilities that allow users to move data from almost any tier-one storage platform to cheaper tier-two storage without applications even knowing the data have been moved.
The new Cohesity SmartFiles features, which are available immediately to users, are part of a myriad of additions and performance improvements made to the Cohesity DataPlatform, the company said.
By allowing customers to run their needed applications on the Cohesity storage platform itself, they can simplify their infrastructure, save money that would have been spent on additional infrastructure and reduce their management costs, Andre Franklin, product marketing director for Cohesity, told Channel Futures.
“We’ve added full support for file specific apps that are in the Cohesity Marketplace,” he said. “In a normal file environment, you need to protect it with antivirus, you want to have something in there to audit for bad application behavior, and more.”
On other storage systems, those kinds of needed applications typically run on an external infrastructure, requiring a separate server or other hardware, and not on the storage system itself, said Franklin.
“This now supports running things like antivirus, content search and file auditing applications on the storage infrastructure. That makes it easier for customers,” to run it all together, he said.
The new SmartFiles features are now integrated into Cohesity DataPlatform. Also included are multiple layers of security, including software encryption, anomalous file access detection, search for sensitive data, multi-factor authentication, immutable file system and federal data compliance requirements.
The new capabilities for heterogeneous multitier data management mean that customers can now integrate other tier one NAS products with their Cohesity infrastructure and then move old and inactive data to a less expensive Cohesity storage tier instead of keeping it on tier one systems, said Franklin.
Using Cohesity SmartFiles, customers can search any data across silos, virtual machines, backups, data centers, remote sites and multiple clouds to find what they need wherever it is stored, he said.
“For our partners, it gives them more options to serve their customers,” he said. “If their customers are already using DataPlatform for backup, for example, these customers can now leverage SmartFiles for NAS. Also, if there is a customer that is looking for an innovative modern way to leverage NAS, this could help potentially bring in new business.”
With Cohesity SmartFiles, channel partners can offer their customers significantly more capabilities compared to traditional NAS, he explained. “It is a modern, differentiated solution that solves multiple use cases for the enterprise with a keen focus on file and object services, data protection, backup, disaster recovery and cloud integration.”