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Cohesity expands Data-Management-as-a-Service in Southeast Asia

Data management is a prerogative for all organizations, especially with data growing exponentially and coming from multiple sources today. As enterprises, both large and small, continue to invest heavily in data management tools, a large chunk of the focus normally goes towards the analytics of these data.

While data analytics ideally provides businesses with the insights they need to remain successful, data management is much more than just collecting data and analyzing them. The data that is analyzed needs to be stored or disposed of properly as and when required.

As financial institutions pay extra attention to data management, since they are regulated to do so, other industries are not taking data management as seriously as they should. This is specifically concerning when it comes to data backup.

All organizations have a data backup. But the reality is, while businesses back up their data, not every one of them knows where or what exactly their backup is. And this can be a rather concerning problem, especially if the organization suffers a data breach or ransomware or even needs to do an audit on its old data. The current recovery speeds businesses have is also simply not fast enough to avoid high financial losses.

In fact, a report by Gartner states that only 2% of organizations’ disaster recovery efforts are aligned with their business-defined recovery requirements. Forrester notes that only 11% of organizations can recover some of their data within 72 hours of a cyber-attack.

With that said, organizations need to ensure they have sufficient data backup and recovery capabilities to avoid such problems should they occur. One way of doing this is via data-management-as-a-service (DMaaS).  DMaaS offerings are designed to provide enterprise and mid-size customers with a radically simple way to back up, secure, govern, and analyze their data.

Simplifying data management

In Southeast Asia, Cohesity is expanding the availability of its DMaaS offerings to its customers in the region. Cohesity takes care of managing the underlying DMaaS infrastructure, hosting the offerings on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region.

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Specifically, customers in the region can now access two DMaaS offerings from Cohesity. They are Cohesity’s DataProtect, a backup as a service offering that gives customers another easy way to back up their data on-premises or in cloud environments. The other one is Cohesity FortKnox, a SaaS data isolation and recovery solution that can play a critical role in helping organizations minimize the impact of cyber-attacks such as ransomware.

Both DataProtect and FortKnox are part of Cohesity Helios, a next-gen data management platform that provides a comprehensive range of data services, available as a self managed software of SaaS.

According to Sathish Murthy, Director of Systems Engineering for Cohesity ASEAN India region, DMaaS changes the game for enterprises as it enables them to shift from a CapEx to an OpEx model, which enables better cost savings. It also consolidates data efficiently, removes complexity, and is scalable as well as enables enterprises to get more value from their data especially when it comes to compliance and security.

For example, Cohesity Data Protect protects both on-premise and cloud workloads be it using VMware, NAS, SQL or Microsoft 365, Amazon EC2, and RDS. It offers backup-as-a-service through a simple and unified UI, while optimizing data transfer and comes with automated workload discovery and flexible recovery options.

Meanwhile, Cohesity FortKnox enhances the 3-2-1 backup strategy with a (3-2-1-) + 1 plan that improves cyber resiliency through an immutable copy of data in a Cohesity-managed cloud vault via a virtual air gap. This additional layer of security can protect an organization from modern cyber threats like ransomware 3.0.

Murthy explained that with emerging threats being more sophisticated and destructive, businesses should look to avoid the complexities of data management as FortKnox overcomes these challenges via its new data isolation technique. Simply put, with Cohesity FortKnox, organizations can simply connect, vault, and recover, while also meeting stringent recovery service level agreements (SLAs) and regulatory requirements.

For Sheena Chin, Managing Director for ASEAN at Cohesity, “The introduction of our DMaaS portfolio of offerings to the Singapore and wider Southeast Asia region not only empowers customers to further simplify their data management and consume Cohesity in a way that best aligns to their hybrid environments but importantly also gives our regional partners the opportunity to add their unique value to provide customers with tailored and optimized solutions,” said Sheena Chin, managing director, ASEAN, Cohesity.

Businesses can subscribe to current and future DMaaS offerings through authorized Cohesity channel partners, distributors, and in AWS Marketplace. DMaaS not only allows partners to grow their recurring revenue business but also allows them to expand their existing managed service offerings without having to build out infrastructure themselves. Partners can also use DMaaS as an entry point if they are thinking about starting a managed service practice.