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Cohesity Runbook claims to simplify workload mobility

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Cohesity director of product marketing Doug Ko Cohesity director of product marketing Doug Ko

Data management vendor Cohesity's new Cohesity Runbook application automates the migration of workloads from on-premises servers to the cloud.

Cohesity Runbook, available in the Cohesity Marketplace, supports the drag-and-drop design of workflows for moving workloads systematically between on-premises data centres and the public cloud.

These workflows can then be run in an automated manner, largely eliminating the risk that someone will do the wrong thing or perform actions in the wrong order.

Workflows can take into consideration issues such as incompatible virtual machine formats, dependencies, and boot sequences.

APIs are provided for integration with infrastructure-as-code automation tools.

According to Cohesity's research, 34% of organisations have experienced outages caused by disaster recovery process failures, director of product marketing Doug Ko told iTWire. A contributing factor could be the fragmented and largely manual processes involved in DR.

There may be hundreds of steps in a process. VMs may need to be converted (eg, from VMware to AWS formats), and the relevant data must be available from the new location.

Cohesity Runbook plan

Runbook automates and validates the workflow, orchestrating VM format conversion and policy-based replication, and provides a single solution for workflow mobility and automation, Ko said.

It can scale from a single application to a complete data centre, he added.

"The complexity and manual tasks associated with moving workloads to the cloud is a critical challenge for enterprises that want to take a modern approach to their infrastructure, and without the right automated tools, the problem is just going to get worse," said Cohesity vice-president of products Raj Rajamani.

"The Cohesity Runbook application gives IT administrators the ability to create their own precise, step-by-step blueprint that makes it easy for their organisations to take advantage of the cloud
for application migration and failover."

Being built upon the Cohesity SpanFS file system and its capability for instant mass restores, Cohesity Runbook delivers fast and reliable migrations, spin-ups, and failovers to other locations, according to the company.

Cohesity Runbook requires Cohesity 6.4, which will be generally available this month. Runbook licences will be included in various Cohesity software bundles.

The initial release currently supports disaster recovery and cloud workload migrations from VMware to AWS. Support for other public clouds is expected in the coming quarters.

Cohesity may enhance Runbook to handle use cases beyond disaster recovery. 

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