Rubrik -  - Chris Wahl

Chris Wahl

Rubrik Tech Evangelist. Published author, tech writer, double VCDX, PowerShell coder, and Datanauts Show host.

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Rubrik -  - PowerShell and RESTful APIs – Making Backup Awesome Again

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PowerShell and RESTful APIs – Making Backup Awesome Again

The virtualization world has long been singing the praises of the “abstract, pool, and automate” goal. Put simply, it meant separating the application from hardware, forming a fabric of resources, and automating the consumption of those resources for applications. The key focus is the application and how it can be made a first class citizen in the data center. However, the automation of tasks has traditionally been slower to enter the world of enterprise infrastructure. I attribute this to vendors using proprietary or closed protocols while also lacking a solid, simple to use, and consumable API that enables a rich ecosystem of task automation. On top of this, administrators and engineers are burdened with keeping the data center operational and don’t have the luxury of codifying a plethora of workflows using handfuls of different programming languages. What’s needed is a easy way to control infrastructure, such as data protection, that actually reduces overhead and grants IT professionals more time to focus on value-add efforts (that are usually more fun, too). Enter PowerShell! It’s a framework that is incredibly simple to learn and consume that can also send and receive data from an API endpoint. Plus, when paired with the Rubrik…
Rubrik -  - Top 3 Reasons to Attend Looking AHEAD Tech Summit 2016

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Top 3 Reasons to Attend Looking AHEAD Tech Summit 2016

Among the myriad of various vendor and technology focused conferences, a few really set themselves apart for their dedication to thought leadership and exploration of today’s answers to tomorrow’s problems. One of them is run by a consulting firm named AHEAD, located in the iconic Chicago Loop, a place that I was fortunate enough to be part of for many years as a solutions architect and engineer. The Looking AHEAD Tech Summit, held on 23rd June of 2016, is a different sort of gathering of the minds because it blends folks from successful large enterprises like Amazon and Nutanix with its own mixture of extremely skilled and seasoned architects and principal consultants. I thought it’d be handy to highlight my top three reasons to attend this year’s Looking AHEAD Tech Summit from my own perspective. Without any further ado, here they are: Top 3 Reasons to Attend Looking AHEAD Tech Summit Dan Lyons, Writer and Producer of Silicon Valley For those whom are fans of the hit show Silicon Valley, the morning keynote should be especially noteworthy. Dan Lyons, who is a writer and producer for the show, is presenting a talk entitled How to Completely, Totally, Absolutely Screw Up…
Rubrik -  - Three Use Cases Demonstrate How Rubrik Rocks Recovery

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Three Use Cases Demonstrate How Rubrik Rocks Recovery

Our customers and peers in the industry always want to hear about how others are using Rubrik to provide data protection. And as much as I love our technology, it’s really all about how our converged data management solution is being leveraged by those looking to ensure that their SLA requirements are being met (or exceeded). Recently, we wanted to bring in another pair of eyeballs to look at our customer testimonials. The tech-savvy team at ActualTech Media cropped up as a great fit to see what we’re doing, capture our use cases into a white paper, and help provide you with that lightbulb moment that is so awesome to experience when it comes to ditching backup jobs for declarative SLA policies. I humbly invite you to read their brand new paper, hot off the press, focused entirely on addressing three of the most common challenges beleaguering administrators looking to provide data protection for today’s data center and tomorrow’s applications. In this masterpiece of wordcraft, you’ll learn: Use Case 1: Ousting Tape-Based Backups Learn how using cloud and object storage can reduce costs by 60%, provide incredibly more efficient recovery workflows, and offer massively boosted availability for data. Use Case…
Rubrik -  - Announcing the New Rubrik Master Technical Certification

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Announcing the New Rubrik Master Technical Certification

The past week was a whirlwind for the team here at Rubrik. We’ve toured through Europe to chat with press (New Statesman Tech, Compare the Cloud, etc.), distributors, partners, and customers (such as Totaljobs Group Ltd) as part of our official EMEA launch event. The energy and excitement for Rubrik is palpable – alleviating the pain of legacy architecture and helping businesses embrace the next generation of converged data management to solve concrete problems that plague companies today.As Rubrik enters more data As Rubrik enters more data centers across the globe, we felt the need to further empower our channel partners’ engineers from a technical perspective. While it’s certainly true that our solution is incredibly simple to deploy, consume, and scale (because of all the smarts baked into the fabric), engineers always want to pull back the covers and understand how any solution works at a deeper level. We agree. Knowledge is an asset when doing data center design against the functional design concepts – requirements, constraints, and assumptions – that are used to craft meaningful IT. And so, I’d like to introduce the world to the Rubrik Master (RM) Certification program. Rubrik Master is a project that my team…
Rubrik -  - Here’s Why You Should Shelve Backup Jobs for Declarative Policies

Architecture

Here’s Why You Should Shelve Backup Jobs for Declarative Policies

Changing out legacy, imperative data center models for the more fluid declarative models really gets me excited, and I’ve written about the two ideas in an earlier post. While the concept isn’t exactly new for enterprise IT – many folks enjoy using declarative solutions from configuration management tools such as Puppet – the scope of deployment has largely been limited to compute models for running workloads. The data protection space has largely been left fallow and awaiting some serious innovation. In fact, this is something I hear from Rubrik’s channel partners and customers quite frequently because their backup and recovery world has forever been changed by the simplicity and power of converged data management. To quote Justin Warren in our Eigencast recording, backup should be boring and predictable rather than exciting and adventurous because the restoration process failed, and you’re now responsible for missing data. That’s never fun. Thinking deeper on this idea, it brings me to one of the more radical ideas that a new platform brings: the lack of needing to schedule backup jobs. Creating jobs and telling them when exactly to run, including dependency chains, is the cornerstone of all legacy backup solutions. As part of their…
Rubrik -  - How Cloud Native Archive Destroys Legacy Cost Models

Architecture

How Cloud Native Archive Destroys Legacy Cost Models

A while back, I was reading about the woes of one Marko Karppinen as he described the incredible ease of getting data into a public cloud, and the equally opposite horrors of getting that data back out. His post, which can be found here, outlines his crafty plan to store around 60 GB of audio data into an archive for later retrieval and potential encoding. The challenge, then, is ensuring that data can later be pulled down into an on-premises location without breaking the bank or implied SLAs (Service Level Agreements). And this, folks, is the rub when using legacy architecture that bolts-on public cloud storage (essentially object storage) without fleshing out all of the financial and technological challenges. I’ve teased apart this idea when describing the Cloud Native property of Converged Data Management in an earlier post. “Getting data into the cloud is for amateurs. Getting data back out is for experts.” If using a public cloud for storage becomes 100s of times more expensive than intended, while also requiring a significant time investment for the technical teams involved, then it’s not a solution for data protection. While it’s true that the blog post I’m referencing is a single…
Rubrik -  - New vRealize Orchestrator Workflows for Enhancing Your Rubrik Experience

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New vRealize Orchestrator Workflows for Enhancing Your Rubrik Experience

One of my favorite topics of discussion is hearing how folks are embracing the world of Rubrik’s Converged Data Management to tie in our RESTful APIs with other systems for end-to-end automation. One such system is VMware’s vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) which was released as a community focused project on Flowgrab over half a year ago. Since then, we’ve added a lot more to the product across two major releases, such as replication, new form factors, and a plethora of user experience enhancements. This has a direct correlation on our API maturity in terms of functionality, available resources, and what can be done to the data protection fabric. I’m here to share the next evolution of our vRO Plugin. Our very own Matt Altimar, who has over a decade of experience as a Senior Server Administrator building and maintaining large enterprise data centers, has constructed a new open source project on GitHub with a ton of new Rubrik workflows. These are all compatible with release 2.0 of our product and sync up nicely with a vRO deployment. If you’re looking to expose workflows like SLA Domain assignment, on-demand backups, mount removal, and much more – you have to check out this project! Getting started…
Rubrik -  - Restoring Entire Virtual Machines in 6 Seconds with Rubrik’s Instant Recovery Technologies

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Restoring Entire Virtual Machines in 6 Seconds with Rubrik’s Instant Recovery Technologies

Data protection is an insurance policy used to guard against loss, corruption, and failure. Because of this, I’ve often said that the true measure of any backup solution is the ability to restore data. After all, backups that can’t be restored aren’t really worth that much to you and your team, right? There are a number of quantifiable methods for putting your eyeball on the ease of a restore, with search time, recovery time, and overall simplicity of the workflow coming to mind. The amount of moving parts involved to restore data have a direct and exponential effect on restore times. Because most all solutions require combining disparate storage and software together, many of the top solutions in the Gartner Magic Quadrant require 10 – 30 minutes to restore pieces of data. This is measure from the start of the request to the end of the workflow. That seems like an incredibly long time and there are a number of reasons for it. Other solutions have to hydrate data, transfer it from one media to another, and are using write-optimized storage volumes for restores (this doesn’t work very well). Enter Rubrik: a converged data management stack that uses a combination of flash…
Rubrik -  - Contrasting a Declarative Policy Engine to Imperative Job Scheduling

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Contrasting a Declarative Policy Engine to Imperative Job Scheduling

One of the topics du jour for next-generation architecture is abstraction. Or, more specifically, the use of policies to allow technical professionals to manage ever-growing sets of infrastructure using a vastly simpler model. While it’s true I’ve talked about using policy in the past (read my first and second posts of the SLA Domain Series), I wanted to go a bit deeper into how a declarative policy engine is vastly different from an imperative job scheduler. And, why this matters for the technical community at large. This post is fundamentally about declarative versus imperative operations. In other words: Declarative – Describing the desired end state for some object Imperative – Describing every step needed to achieve the desired end state for some object Traditional architecture has long been ruled by the imperative operational model. We take some piece of infrastructure and then tell that same piece of infrastructure exactly what it must do to meet our desired end state. With data protection, this has resulted in backup tasks / jobs. Each job requires a non-trivial amount of hand holding to function. This includes configuration items such as: Which specific workloads / virtual machines must be protected Where to send data and how to store that…

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