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Cohesity offers backup as a service in AWS Sydney region

Cohesity ANZ managing director Brad Newton Cohesity ANZ managing director Brad Newton

Data management specialist Cohesity now offers its DataProtect backup product on an as-a-service basis hosted in the Amazon Web Services Asia Pacific (Sydney) region, and has extended the product to support Microsoft 365 applications.

"We are thrilled about this new offering because it gives Australia and New Zealand customers another way to consume the exceptional capabilities of our DataProtect backup solution - only this time in a SaaS model that's fully managed by Cohesity," said Cohesity ANZ managing director Brad Newton (pictured above).

"The availability of this offering coincides with rapid cloud adoption we are seeing in ANZ and the need to address data residency requirements head-on – a key priority for many customers in the region. This SaaS solution also helps partners, who can add their unique value and resell the solution through our distribution channel or via the AWS Marketplace."

Customers now have the option of having Cohesity (and Amazon) take care of providing, maintaining and operating their backup infrastructure. The use of the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) region helps meet any Australian data residency or privacy requirements.

"PropTrack has seen rapid growth in our business, resulting in the accumulation of large amounts of data," said PropTrack lead systems engineer Kay Ekanayake.

"Our legacy solution was unable to scale and keep pace with this data growth, causing us issues around data fragmentation. The Cohesity and AWS data management solution provides us with one unified platform to manage, secure, and archive our data.

"With Cohesity and AWS, we've been able to significantly advance our data management capabilities and gain more value and insights from the data we have."


DataProtect as a service is the first product in Cohesity's data management as a service (DMaaS) portfolio aimed at enterprise and mid-size customers. Australian businesses will be offered additional DMaaS products in the coming quarters.

Cohesity also announced that DataProtect as a service provides data protection and retention for Microsoft Exchange Online, OneDrive, SharePoint Online, and Teams.

The company cited ESG research findings that of the 78% of respondents using Microsoft 365, 74% stated they rely on native Microsoft 365 services for backup, 81% reported having to recover Microsoft 365 data, and only 15% were able to recover 100%.

"Our research shows there is a growing need for robust data backup and protection for SaaS data," said ESG Research senior analyst Christophe Bertrand.

"The native, default backup features provided by cloud vendors are typically not sufficient, especially given the increased threat to data security, data deletion risks, and rapidly evolving compliance requirements. We believe giving customers an as-a-service option to backup and recover this data makes complete sense, as it gives organisations more flexibility, improves operational efficiency of IT teams, and helps ensure data is protected."

DataProtect as a service also includes support for Amazon EC2 virtual instances and compute infrastructure, with support for Amazon RDS cloud databases planned for the coming months.

"Gone are the days of needing to be an expert at operating 10 different tools and user interfaces while trying to manage tedious procurement processes and keep up with constant hardware and software upgrades just to attempt to manage your data," said Cohesity vice president of product management Matt Waxman.

"With Cohesity, that's all a thing of the past. It's one user interface and one unified experience regardless of the model you choose. That's modern data management."

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