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Cohesity partners Google Cloud to expand generative AI capabilities
Sat, 27th May 2023

Cohesity, a data security and management provider, announced at its three-day Cohesity Catalyst virtual conference an expanded partnership with Google Cloud to help organisations unlock the power of generative AI and data. 

In addition, Cohesity unveiled Cohesity Turing, a unique, comprehensive, and rapidly evolving set of AI technologies that brings the power of AI to data security and management. The expanded partnership with Google Cloud and Cohesity Turing will enable organisations to leverage their entire data estate through a single, secure workflow across on-premises, multicloud, and edge environments. 

For years, Cohesity and Google Cloud have provided joint customers with a simple yet robust enterprise-grade solution for the backup and recovery of applications. Building on other recent announcements, Cohesity is continuing to extend its AI-ready data security and management platform — Cohesity Data Cloud — to work closely and have deeper integrations with leading cloud services, including Vertex AI, Google Cloud's fully managed ML (machine learning) platform designed to help companies to accelerate the deployment of ML and AI models.

Combining Cohesity's data security and management capabilities and Vertex AI will enable joint customers to gain new insights into the same data they're already securing and managing on Cohesity's platform. Through this integration, customers could, for instance, quickly search across exabytes of data to gain insights into data patterns, like finding anomalies in their data to detect threats, find answers to particular questions, or quickly recover data using contextual searches.

"Next-level data security capabilities and artificial intelligence (AI) are two of the hottest technologies that organisations are both challenged by today and keen to adopt. To help companies with their AI deployment journey, Cohesity has announced the introduction of Cohesity Turing - a set of comprehensive AI technologies that bring the power of AI to data security and management capabilities - and that we are expanding our relationship with Google Cloud by integrating Cohesity's Data Cloud Platform with Vertex AI - Google Cloud's fully managed machine learning platform that helps companies deploy ML and AI models,” says Michael Alp, Managing Director, Cohesity, Australia and New Zealand.

“Vertex AI is one of the best platforms for building, deploying, managing and scaling ML models – and we’re excited that Cohesity is joining our growing open ecosystem to help more customers get value from their data via AI,” says Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud. “Cohesity’s excellent data security and management capabilities, combined with Google Cloud’s powerful generative AI and analytics capabilities, will help customers get exceptional insights into their backup and archived data.”

“To apply generative AI transformatively, businesses need to be able to easily get rapid insights from their data utilising cutting-edge and leading AI/ML models. We are excited to be leading the charge in generative AI in the data security and management industry, as we build out next-gen generative AI solutions for our category," says Sanjay Poonen, CEO and president of Cohesity. "We also agree with Google that AI must be handled securely and responsibly. With our unique platform, Cohesity not only provides phenomenal search via our built-in indexing capabilities, but robust security protocols to help customers maintain control and privacy of their data at every turn." 

To address customers' rapidly evolving needs with AI and data, Cohesity is introducing Cohesity Turing, a collection of AI/ML capabilities and technologies integrated into its multicloud data platform and solutions. As new AI needs to emerge, Cohesity will continue to advance the portfolio of technologies offered and powered by Cohesity Turing while enabling customers to use AI responsibly and securely.

Through Cohesity Turing, organisations can and will be able to utilise the latest AI capabilities to drive more efficient operations, garner more significant insight into security risks, and derive more value from data. 

A sampling of AI/ML capabilities powered by Cohesity Turing includes: Uses advanced modelling and advanced data entropy detection to "see" anomalies in data ingested, which can provide early warnings of a hidden threat with data under protection. 

Cohesity Turing provides highly curated and managed threat feeds with machine learning models trained on millions of samples to detect threats accurately and keep organisations up-to-date automatically. It also helps ensure that organisations can identify their most sensitive data and where that data is located. In addition, it enables customers to meet current and future business SLAs with machine-driven recommendations, including a what-if simulator and forecasting capacity utilisation based on previous capacity utilisation. 

In addition, shortly, customers can turn to Cohesity Turing to derive even more insights from their data via the Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) AI model workflows.

Cohesity believes RAG technologies can help customers get deeper insights and discovery from data or quickly find content in petabytes. Cohesity has multiple patents pending in this area.

Cohesity Data Cloud – built on a unique distributed file system for the multicloud -was designed for massive scale and to empower customers to easily manage and secure their data across on-premises, cloud, and edge environments. In addition, customers can utilise this same modern platform for AI, deriving benefits from Large Language Models (LLM) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) while maintaining control of the data. 

Via this platform, customers can search for data simply and quickly using everyday language, as backup data from Cohesity is indexed and contains the specific metadata that makes utilising that data in LLM possible. In addition, the LLM can draw upon rich Cohesity context to provide more informed, human-readable and actionable responses. 

Through Cohesity’s comprehensive, built-in role-based access controls, only the right people have access to data based on privileges specified by the customer. Customers can also control what data can be accessed by these AI models. 

“Cohesity's data security and management solutions have long incorporated AI and ML capabilities, and with the introduction of Cohesity Turing, Cohesity is taking a unique approach to seamless integration of customer data with responsible AI and governance, ultimately helping organisations to build trust around integrating and leveraging AI with their data," said Christophe Bertrand, Practice Director, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). "And while there is a lot of hype around AI, Cohesity is introducing a pragmatic approach to bring the power of AI to an expanded number of use cases."