When we last wrote about Sanjay Poonen, he had just spent 90 days as CEO and President of Cohesity. Since then, Poonen and his team have innovated and announced deals for the ecosystem, including a key agreement with IBM in March.
A recent conversation with Poonen focused on expanding our relationship with Microsoft. Since Poonen became his CEO, a key part of Cohesity’s focus and vision has been to drive innovation in security, cloud and AI. From my analysis of the launch with Microsoft, Cohesity is making strides in these areas with compelling innovation.
Cohesity – Multicloud Data Security and Management PlatformCohesity has a robust data security and management platform, a testament to the genius of its founder, Mohit Aron. The approach taken by Cohesity follows in the footsteps of giant hyperscale software companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook. All of these companies manage exabytes of consumer data efficiently at scale. Cohesity applies the same hyperscale architectural principles to managing enterprise data.
Based on a single platform, the company’s architectural approach has three main components. APIs for running and exposing services and applications on the platform.
A single multi-cloud platform unifies data across the data center, edge and cloud. On its platform, Cohesity offers a wide range of data security and management capabilities, including backup and recovery, security and compliance, disaster recovery, long-term archiving, file and object services, test data management and analytics. All data management functions are performed and managed at scale in the same software environment. Easily managed in the public cloud, on-premises, or at the edge through a single pane of glass and a management control plane called Helios.
Cohesity and Microsoft integrationCohesity’s expanded relationship with Microsoft includes key software integrations that can play a key role in helping IT and SecOps leaders defend against cyberthreats.
On the security front, integration with Cohesity’s DataProtect solution for backup and recovery and Microsoft’s Sentinel cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) platform to AI-based anomaly detection for incident reporting and ransomware alerts. benefit our joint customers by providing access to
Cohesity offers seamless integration with Azure Active Directory and multi-factor authentication to securely and reliably manage and access Cohesity Data Cloud and Cohesity Cloud Services.
Additionally, customers can use BigID-powered Cohesity data classification to gain actionable data intelligence for discovery, privacy, security, and governance across Microsoft environments. BigID has integration with Microsoft Purview to benefit joint customers.
On the cloud side, due to strong customer requests,, Cohesity is extending its popular Cohesity Cloud Services to Azure. This allows customers to consume Cohesity’s SaaS services on various public clouds, adding the option to host these services on the Azure data plane. This will enable customers to secure and secure their data across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
Within Cohesity Cloud Services, Cohesity’s DataProtect Backup as a Service (BaaS) offering now supports Microsoft 365. This enables his SaaS, cloud-native, and on-premises data backup to data planes hosted in Azure.
Additionally, Cohesity offers FortKnox on Azure. FortKnox is Cyber Vaulting as a Service, providing an operationally air-gapped data recovery vault. It can also provide another layer of protection with predictable data recovery. This is essential in the age of ongoing cyberattacks. FortKnox on Azure will be generally available in the coming months.
Transforming data security and management with AI and ML
IT operations teams need help identifying threats, assessing the impact of attacks, and quickly taking corrective action when necessary.
Cohesity enables customers to get more insights from their data by integrating Cohesity’s AI-enabled, highly indexed, fully hydrated, cached, and easily searchable data structures with Azure OpenAI We support
It’s not in production yet, but the opportunities here are endless. A live demo shows how powerful and insightful this integration can be, for example, in identifying potential attack vectors or getting real-time feedback on how to respond in the event of a company breach. indicates whether or not For example, in the event of a breach, Cohesity’s integration with Azure OpenAI enables customers to easily search through large amounts of data (without moving that data off-premises), ask natural questions, and identify potential threats. You can receive actionable responses on how to deal with it. .
This demo shows how this powerful AI technology can be used in areas such as eDiscovery. Instead of sifting through tons of tapes or enduring other time-consuming processes, you can quickly search through petabytes of indexed data using simple queries with relevant responses to find relevant Find the file. The data that powers these queries is protected by fine-grained, role-based access controls, making it available only to those authorized to make use of it.
On March 28, 2023, Microsoft announced the Microsoft Security Copilot. It’s a tool to quickly detect and respond to threats and better understand the overall threat landscape. Security Copilot brings the next generation of AI to cybersecurity through an easy-to-use assistant. Microsoft’s announcement didn’t include information about its partners, but the message is consistent with its recently expanded partnership with Cohesity.
Both companies use AI to quickly analyze vast amounts of data to help customers detect anomalies faster. Cohesity announced that it will use AI-enabled data structures to work with OpenAI to advance generative AI initiatives for threat detection, classification, and anomaly detection. Meanwhile, the aforementioned expanded collaboration with Microsoft will allow our mutual customers and ecosystem partners to easily access Cohesity’s SaaS platform on AWS and Azure.
In hybrid and multi-cloud environments, customers no longer need to protect their data center perimeters. The attack surface has increased significantly in a multi-cloud world, and data security and protection has become significantly more complex.
Cohesity scores full marks for supporting customers on-premises or across multiple cloud providers. Integrating with Microsoft Azure is another step in the right direction for the company. And with new advances in AI-driven security, Cohesity and Microsoft hope to stay ahead of cybercriminals.
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