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 -  - 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…
Rubrik -  - Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Infinite Scalability

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Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Infinite Scalability

In the second part of my series on Converged Data Management, I’m putting another property under the microscope – Infinite Scalability. The underlying premise is that the fabric that is providing data management can be deployed in a shared-nothing manner with a limitless architecture focused on linear growth. Woah, what does that all mean?Let’s pick these ideas apart, one by one. A shared-nothing system is one built of a series of nodes that have no dependency upon each other. If a node fails, or parts of a node fail, the fabric remains healthy and operational without any negatively impacting penalties. Ideally, this architecture is expanded beyond the node itself, expanding out to the enclosure, rack, or even entire data centers. Contrast this to systems that are reliant upon dependencies and use alternative tricks to hide or protect them – load balancers, failover clustering, and so forth. If a failure occurs, performance suffers due to the need to ingest data into a central choke point – such as a master server, quantity of proxy nodes, or a database instance. Availability is also put at risk, especially considering that most components in a dependency chain have only a single failover counterpart because of…
Rubrik -  - Open Source vRealize Orchestrator Plugin Released

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Open Source vRealize Orchestrator Plugin Released

Converged Data Management is built upon five significant features, one of which is the concept of an API-Driven Architecture. I’m a firm believer that open and published APIs will rule the world, seeing as how they enable the ecosystem at large to extract enhanced value from a solution. With Rubrik, it means that data residing within the r300 Hybrid Cloud Appliance or the public and private archive can be further leveraged to bring about incredibly useful answers to irritating enterprise challenges.But don’t take my word for it. Two senior architects at AHEAD – a consulting practice in Chicago that focuses on hybrid cloud, data center infrastructure, and enterprise service management – have created something rather unique in a very short time span. They have crafted an open source vRealize Orchestrator plugin for Rubrik Converged Data Management using our 1.0 release APIs. Nick Colyer and Eric Shanks, the dynamic duo responsible for this snazzy contribution to the community, are writing a series of blog posts that discuss vRealize Orchestrator, RESTful APIs, and how they went about creating the code. Kudos, gentlemen! vRealize Orchestrator (vRO, formerly vCenter Orchestrator) is an important part of the vSphere equation and doesn’t seem to get the…
Rubrik -  - VMworld LEGO Giveaway of Epic Proportions

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VMworld LEGO Giveaway of Epic Proportions

It must be nearly time for VMworld, because I’m tingly with excitement. From Opening Acts through vBacon, the community glow this annual virtualization event puts out is both educational and energizing. Hopefully, you’ve managed to secure your pass and find a hotel that doesn’t require both legs and arms for the nightly deposit. And remember folks – avoid the Tenderloin! On a related topic, you might have noticed me dropping some epic Star Wars LEGO sets at various VMware User Group events as Rubrik giveaways for those in attendance. And there’s a mountain more where that came from! In fact, my co-presenter Arvind “Nitro” Nithrakashyap and myself have picked out our favorite sets from the Battle of Hoth series! I’m going to call this photo Serious Business to reflect our somber moods. 😉 What does this all have to do with VMworld? Here’s the scoop – I’ve painstakingly collected all of the Battle of Hoth Star Wars LEGO sets from Episode V. And one lucky winner can take them all home (or we’ll ship them to you)! Simply sign up and attend our session at VMworld entitled Instant Application Recovery and DevOps Infrastructure for VMware Environments – A Technical Deep Dive for a…

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