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Hyatt simplifies backup and recovery with Cohesity

30 May 2019
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Cohesity announced that Hyatt has deployed Cohesity DataPlatform to simplify and modernize backup and recovery across its three data centre locations. With Cohesity, Hyatt now has a flexible and scalable solution for accelerated backup and recovery, long-term retention and archival, and testing and development.

Hyatt’s complex IT infrastructure is spread across geographies, with data centres in Chicago, Phoenix, and Frankfurt. Its mission-critical applications run on IBM, but 70 per cent of the company’s environment is virtual.

For Hyatt’s IT team, backing up virtual servers proved cumbersome, requiring multiple steps, rebooting, and unnecessary downtime. Backups and restores took days, and public cloud storage costs for its Oracle financial systems were exorbitant. Finally, testing and development required shifting tapes and transferring data over FTP, a time-intensive endeavour.

Recognising the urgency and benefit of replacing its legacy infrastructure with a modern solution, Hyatt evaluated Cohesity against a variety of competitors. Cohesity was the clear standout, and Hyatt deployed its software and certified appliances with an approximate capacity of 350TB across its three data centres.

“Cohesity was the bundled solution we needed to simplify and modernize our backup and recovery environment at Hyatt,” said Hyatt Hotels senior storage and virtualization engineer Ted Stevens.

“We have been able to lower costs through deduplication alone, and Cohesity’s native integration with third-party applications and seamless integration with VMware have given us greater efficiency and deeper insight into our overall environment.”

With Cohesity, Hyatt can supposedly complete backups and restores in minutes. Thanks to Cohesity’s snapshot technology, recovery and cloning virtual machines (VMs) is also faster and simpler.

In addition, Cohesity enabled Hyatt to move its Oracle financial systems from the public cloud to on-premises infrastructure, significantly reducing storage costs and making it available for testing and development purposes through zero-cost clones.

With Cohesity, Hyatt aims for the following results:

  • Simple and fast backup and recovery.
  • Reduced storage requirements by 400TB to achieve more than $400,000 in savings.
  • Simplified long-term retention and archival through native integration with Microsoft Azure.
  • Reduced raw storage requirements by 40 per cent.
  • Faster and more efficient testing and development using zero-cost clones of backup data.