Cohesity (www.cohesity.com), leader in the new wave of unification of secondary storage, announced recently their first product iteration. The session during The IT Press Tour last week helped all of us to dig and understand better the strategy and the product while feeling the atmosphere in their office.
And we had the privilege to speak with Mohit Aron the CEO and founder of the company, who already founded Nutanix, an other famous shop.
In term of company finance situation, Cohesity closed 2 rounds - A at $15M led by Sequoia and Wing Venture Capital in November 2013 and B at $55M led by Artis Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures with Accel, Battery, Google and Trinity in June 2015. Wow, all this to accelerate the development and the market penetration. The total raised is now $70M but it's interesting to see the number of VC "motivated" by this project. Cohesity seems to be Hyper Compelling.
I already covered Cohesity very shortly as we didn't have lot of infos, it was in September 2014, just a few months after they got created, and you can read the short blog post here. You can even discover the previous logo.
So what is Cohesity all about ? What are the challenges they wish to solve and how the solution works ?
The first element is to consider that the biggest volume of data are stored on secondary storage, meaning by storage not operating for the business directly such backup images, archive data sets, copies (replication, snapshots, clones...) for DR... but all this, again, represents the largest bulk of data. These data that represent the business at a moment of time - pretty frequent for snapshot and less frequent with classic copies - are also not at all mined or analyzed but everything is there. Again, around 80% of corporate data sit in secondary storage. So the idea of Mohit Aron was and is still to offer in one data platform all the data workflows associated with data protection - backup, archive, snapshot, clones, replication, DR... - but also development and analytics. They call it the Cohesity Data Platform, perfect on this blog that historically was started at the age of CDP (Continuous Data Protection).