Brown University Dramatically Reduces Cost and Simplifies Management Using Cohesity

Cohesity, the leader of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced that Brown University, the seventh-oldest college in the United States, uses Cohesity to consolidate data infrastructure to significantly reduce costs and simplify management.

Brown University was experiencing challenges with its legacy solution that meant nightly backups were not complete the next morning. Its existing infrastructure from Data Domain, Networker and VMware involved a lot of moving parts to ensure a backup completed. Upgrades were extremely painful and the time and effort required by the team for troubleshooting was becoming tedious and cumbersome.

Brown did its homework to identify the optimal solution for its requirements, working with Cambridge Computer for additional expertise and resources. After consulting Gartner research and looking at solutions from Cohesity, Rubrik and Veeam, the IT team began comprehensive proof-of-concept (POC) tests to choose between Cohesity and Rubrik. A key reason Brown went with Cohesity was overall ease-of-use and management, and the ability to connect seamlessly with the Microsoft Azure cloud to enable disaster recovery with secondary copies of data in the cloud. The evaluation process also included teams from Browns Systems Group, responsible for VMware, Windows and UNIX systems, to test recovery across all systems.

An area of big savings for Brown University is found in the absolute ease of upgrades with Cohesity, said Chris Menard, lead storage administrator for Brown University. Where we used to set aside two days and people from various teams to perform upgrades in our previous environment, we now click a few buttons and go about our business.

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Brown realized enormous time savings across several IT teams. In the old environment, backups would be running almost around the clock. Now instead of troubleshooting and working to re-architect proxy servers to make backups work, the backups were completed well within the SLA windows. In addition, Browns VMware team no longer had to clean up snapshots and saved up to 10 hours per week once Cohesity was deployed.

Using Cohesity, Brown University accomplished the following benefits:

  • Greatly reduced time of backups and eliminated backup failures and orphaned snapshots. Time savings for upgrades equaled an entire work day for a network administrator.
  • Reduced capital expenditure costs by nearly 50 percent, and Brown saved upwards of $75,000 per year in network licensing and additional maintenance cost savings.
  • Native integration with Microsoft Azure allowed IT to set up secondary offsite copies in Cohesity Cloud Edition, providing many options for how to leverage the copies.

To learn more, check out the case study, Brown University Embraces Hybrid Cloud Environment and Selects Cohesity for Data Protection with Native Azure Integration.

About Cohesity

Cohesity makes your data work for you by consolidating secondary storage silos onto a hyperconverged, web-scale data platform that spans both private and public clouds. Enterprise customers begin by radically streamlining their backup and data protection, then converge file and object services, test/dev instances, and analytic functions to provide a global data store. Cohesity counts many Global 1000 companies and federal agencies among its rapidly growing customer base and was named to Forbes Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017, LinkedIns Startups: The 50 Industry Disruptors You Need to Know Now, and CRNs 2017 Emerging Vendors in Storage lists. For more information, visit our website www.cohesity.com and blog https://cohesity.com/blog/, follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/cohesity and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/3750699/ and like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cohesity/.

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