Today I’d like to guide you through setting up a backup of my Nutanix AHV (HCI in Box) system with a Cohesity Virtual Appliance.
Before we get into the details of using Cohesity for backup, it makes sense to have a closer look to understand what Cohesity is capable of.
A Short introduction
Cohesity provides the only hyper-converged platform that eliminates the complexity of traditional data protection solutions by unifying your end-to-end data protection infrastructure – including target storage, backup, replication, disaster recovery, and cloud tiering.
Cohesity DataPlatform provides scale-out, globally deduped, highly available storage to consolidate all your secondary data, including backups, files, and test / dev copies.
Cohesity also provides Cohesity DataProtect, a complete backup and recovery solution fully converged with Cohesity DataPlatform.
It simplifies backup infrastructure and eliminates the need to run separate backup software, proxies, media servers, and replication.
This paper specifically focuses on the business and technical benefits of Cohesity DataPlatform for the data protection use case. It is intended for IT professionals interested in learning more about Cohesity’s technology differentiation and advantages it offers for data protection
- Eliminate complexity with a unified platform for end-to-end data protection
- Ensure fast Recovery Points and near instantaneous Recovery Times
- Increase storage efficiency with scale-out, globally deduped storage
- Integrate seamlessly with all the leading cloud providers to leverage economics of public cloud services.
Now that we have clarified what Cohesity does, I’d like to show you how to backup a Nutanix AHV system with it.
How to Register
First of all, we need a Cohesity system (e.g. the Virtual Appliance) which we want to use for backup. In my case it is a bare minimum 3 node Virtual Appliance Cluster to keep things simple and also ensure a fully featured setup.
In this Post, i use my Fancy Nutanix HCI in a Box Cluster as an Source System.
The Nutanix AHV integration in Cohesity is easy as simple and seamless.
First we need to register the Nutanix AHV System:
How to Setup an Protection Job
After the steps above we have successfully registered the Nutanix AHV Cluster in the Cohesity Appliance.
Now we want to assign the existing virtual machines to a Protection Job.
As you can see it is quite simple and easy to setup a backup of a Nutanix AHV Cluster with Cohesity.
in another part, I’ll show you how the Protection Jobs and Protection Domains look like and how they will be created.
Please feel free to comment on your experience with Nutanix and Cohesity.