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 -  - 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…
Rubrik -  - Just Backup and Chill with a No More Flaky Backups Kit

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Just Backup and Chill with a No More Flaky Backups Kit

Next-generation solutions are cutting a wide swath through the modern data center because they fundamentally pivot how we think about and execute upon technology. At Rubrik, we’ve set pinpoint focus on making the world of data protection – backup and restores, disaster recovery, and searchable archives – as simple and intuitive as possible. This means abandoning the legacy architecture approaches that only bring incremental improvements to the table, and instead creating a new, ground-up solution that encompasses a scale-out design, convergence between software and hardware, and a breathtaking user experience. Quite simply, you deserve a platform that has abstracted away all of the imperative muck that surrounds typical backup jobs. If your data protection platform is designed to be intelligent, it can be fed declarative statements into a policy engine and do the remaining work on your behalf. This is how Rubrik operates, and it paves the way for bringing performance, testability, and reliability to your end-to-end protection plans. In the spirit of creating something fun to demonstrate this point, the team has created a video entitled Just Backup and Chill to showcase the frustrations encountered with legacy backup infrastructure. If this strikes a chord with you, share the link with a…
Rubrik -  - Score Sweet Swag at the vBrownBag End-Of-Year Community Giveaway

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Score Sweet Swag at the vBrownBag End-Of-Year Community Giveaway

Heads up! The fine folks over at vBrownBag, an excellent long-running resource for community education and collaboration, are running their annual End-Of-Year Community Give Away. The 2015 edition is raising the bar with a lot of snazzy swag for you to score. And guess what? I’ve tossed in five sets of additional goodies on behalf of Rubrik! Here’s what you can take home: Signed copies of Networking for VMware Administrators, with royalties being donated to the Alzheimer’s Association charity! LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon building kits. Sound interesting? Head on over to the vBrownBag End-Of-Year Community Give Away page and register by no later than December 16th, 2015. Best of luck!
Rubrik -  - Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Cloud Native

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Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Cloud Native

Intelligently placing data into a variety of different formats and across geographical locations is non-trivial. With data protection, however, this isn’t just a nice to have; it’s often a functional design requirement. Doing so provides layers of safeguards against data-specific failures as well as local or regional catastrophes. In this fifth and final deep dive series post, I’m going to pick apart how Converged Data Management offers a truly Cloud Native experience for data protection workflows, and how that differs from the traditional approaches. There’s a fundamental difference between adapting a platform to take advantage of cloud data services, such as public object storage with Amazon S3, versus natively making it part of the platform. This difference can be extrapolated into one metric – simplicity. The amount of complexity that surrounds a platform drives greater inefficiencies and increased chances for error. Additionally, the base foundation of a platform ultimately dictates what features and properties are available for a long-term strategy. Without re-writing the platform from scratch – which is something largely avoided in the enterprise market – the choices are limited. After all, the spin-out and spin-in model used by large corporations to innovate doesn’t exist without reason. In the…
Rubrik -  - Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Instant Data Access

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Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Instant Data Access

Now that the Rubrik team has returned from an energizing trip to VMworld Barcelona and TechTarget’s Backup 2.0 Road Tour, it’s time to peel the onion a bit further on Converged Data Management in the fourth installment of this deep dive series. In this post, I’ll put the magnifying glass up against Instant Data Access – which is the ability to see and interact with data in a global and real-time manner – to better understand why it’s a critical property in the architecture shown below: First, let’s take a step back. There’s a lot of hemming and hawing on the Internet about data lakes, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and so forth. The rub is that data is growing (exponentially), is largely unstructured, and there’s no way to put our hands around it in any meaningful way without machine learning and a plethora of automation. ImageNet is a great example of this in a real world, practical format. This has led to some really nifty architectures being crafted to deal with large data sets and a rise in the popularity in storage systems that are eventually consistent, such as object storage clustering, rather than strongly consistent as typically…
Rubrik -  - It’s Official: Rubrik is VMware Ready!

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It’s Official: Rubrik is VMware Ready!

We all enjoy adding new, innovative technology solutions to our data centers to increase productivity, solve difficult challenges, and gain a competitive edge in the market. However, this often requires a bit of a balancing act against the risk of making changes to the status quo – both in terms of the technology used and assuaging stakeholders that financially critical workloads will continue to function. In the case of Rubrik’s Converged Data Management solution, the r300 Series Hybrid Cloud Appliance, adoption has been spectacular and customers have shared some really snazzy feedback on how their operations and work-life balance has improved. We sweep away a very large set of the complexity surrounding data protection, disaster recovery, and workload restores, allowing IT professionals to innovate their skill sets and processes. The large number of customer testimonials we feature certainly help back up our claims, but there’s still more we can do! Today, I’m really excited to share that we’re making data center adoption of Rubrik’s flagship product line even easier with the announcement of our VMware Ready endorsement. This is VMware’s highest level of endorsement and requires passing a grueling battery of testing and standards requirements, proving that we’re fully invested in…
Rubrik -  - Converged Data Management Unwrapped – API-Driven Architecture

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Converged Data Management Unwrapped – API-Driven Architecture

Welcome to the third post in the Converged Data Management series: API-Driven Architecture. To best understand how this property impacts the modern data center, it’s important to take a step back and view how today’s services – meaning the various number of servers that construct an application offered to the business or its clients – are created, consumes, and retired. This is often referred to as lifecycle management.As a service is instantiated, there are a number of lifecycle milestones to reach. These include the details needed to request a service from a portal or catalog, the provisioning tasks to build the service, various care and feeding events while the service runs, and ultimately the retiring and archival aspects of the service. More often than not, these milestones are wrapped into various orchestration engines and front-ended by a Cloud Management Portal (CMP) for administrative and tenant based consumption. In other scenarios, there are still automation workflows being utilized by way of point-and-click scripts and customization tasks. An API-Driven Architecture comes into play as IT professionals work to progress a service through the various lifecycle milestones along with other third party tools and infrastructure stacks. As technical teams attempt to piece together…