Please welcome  guest blogger Alan Stearn Technical Solution Architect for Cisco Data Management solutions.

Data fragmentation. This is a topic that appears frequently in blogs and online discussions. But what does that really mean? Corporations like people have become digital pack rats. We save everything. Easy examples are emails, how many emails are in your mailbox today? We save every file we ever created because someday we might need it and it doesn’t cost anything to do it. Now multiply that out by the number of employees a corporation has. Now add in machine data, security cameras, assorted log files and you can see the problem we have. If not controlled and managed, it can lead to higher costs and slow response.

So why worry? Disk drives have become cheap and deep. We continue to store data the same way we did when drives were measured in Megabytes. Traditional SAN and NAS were never designed to store this volume of data. They certainly weren’t designed to store it in a cost-efficient manner either.

The problem doesn’t end there. The data is stored but how in the world do you find what you were looking for? You aren’t looking for a needle in a haystack you are looking for a needle in in a stack of needles. Why? Because data is rarely stored in a data store that lends itself to be easily searched.

Cohesity and Cisco to the rescue

We live in a time of mass data fragmentation and it is slowing us down. The good news is that there is a solution. Cisco + Cohesity can solve your data management problems with a modern, flexible, and scalable architecture.

The lines between primary storage and secondary storage have blurred. It is critical that while the lines are blurred, the transition between the two needs to be as seamless as possible. Cisco and Cohesity have achieved this. Integration with Cisco Hyperflex native snapshots ensure that performance impact on workloads is minimal during the backup process. Cohesity in turn can recognize underutilized data and move it from primary storage to a more cost-effective tier such as Cisco C240 or S3260. The data remains seamlessly accessible to the applications and users using stub technology.

This technology allows you to reduce the number of storage silo’s by moving data that’s not used to the Cisco Cohesity archive platform. In turn this helps control runaway spending on primary storage and perhaps even eliminating the need to grow your legacy storage environment.

Next steps

The combination of Cisco and Cohesity provides a modern, comprehensive and cost effective data modernization platform. Learn more about our solution, register for the Cohesity Cisco HC DC Virtual event at https://dcrockstarsathome.now-live.org/. Stop by our website too at  https://cisco.com/go/cohesity and read our last blog about the latest innovations for data management solutions.




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