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May 2018, Vol. 17, No. 3

Cohesity's hyper-converged secondary storage takes on data growth

Many IT managers look at data growth rates with trepidation. For years, larger shops have hosted files and objects on dedicated NAS platforms, using the latest technologies from vendors such as NetApp and Dell EMC Isilon to handle the growth. However, traditional NAS appliances aren't scalable enough to consolidate proliferating secondary storage workloads, including file and object, backup and archive, testing and development, and analytics. These appliances are fast becoming silos that complicate data sharing and make infrastructure management a Herculean undertaking. We need a replacement architecture that delivers scalability, reduces the management burden, bends the capacity-demand curve to slow the need for capacity acquisitions and improves workload and data productivity. This is the thinking behind Mohit Aron's latest storage venture, Cohesity and its hyper-converged secondary storage. The problem with NAS Data has grown at an accelerated rate over the last few years and is expected to continue to do so for the ...

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