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 -  - Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Infinite Scalability

Architecture

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…
Rubrik -  - Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Software Converged

Architecture

Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Software Converged

As a technologist, I find a certain amount of joy comes from learning about what’s new in the market. This could be as simple as a new code or hardware release for a solution that has been around for a while, driving me to absorb the new features. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, it could be an entirely new way of thinking about how to tackle a challenge within the data center by learning from startups who are looking to shake things up with an interesting idea. A common pain point is figuring out exactly what it is that the young company does, as often the technical bits get blended in with a bunch of marketing jargon and buzzwords (see my buzzword bingo parody video) that dilute the transfer of information. In this series, I’m going to get a little nerdy about a relatively new term that is hitting the market, Converged Data Management, and dive into the five important properties that build into this solution. The goal is to provide a clear view into each feature with real meat on the bone, along with why and how the solution is important in today’s modern data center,…
Rubrik -  - Managing and Monitoring SLA Domains at Global Scale

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Managing and Monitoring SLA Domains at Global Scale

In my previous post, I went into the complexities that funnel into building Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that exist between consumers and providers of an IT service. This friction can be greatly assuaged by decoupling the agreed upon policy’s intent from the actual execution of backup jobs. It allows administrators to abstract away much of the low-end fuss required to build and maintain data protection, instead focusing on adding value at a more strategic level across the organization. Let’s now move the story forward to discuss how consumers can easily determine if their SLAs are being honored. At a high level, SLA Domains are constructed using Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and retention values. The RPO is essentially asking how much data loss the consumer is willing to tolerate, while the retention input determines where the provider will store data (on-premises or elsewhere). To understand SLA compliance, it’s important to look at the entire set of backup jobs to ensure all facets of the RPO are being met for an application. This goes beyond looking at the number of total backups held by the system, as an RPO is often expressed as a quantity of hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly…
Rubrik -  - Decoupling Policy from Execution with SLA Domains

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Decoupling Policy from Execution with SLA Domains

Successful enterprise architects are able to pull functional design elements from key stakeholders to abstract requirements, constraints, and risks. Much of this work involves translating business needs into technology decisions and then deciding upon the right vendor solutions to provide for the design. In this blog post series, I’m going to focus on addressing Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to ensure that the business is equipped with the runway it needs to tackle operational challenges and protect applications. Many organizations that I’ve consulted with were forced to take a good, hard look at their SLAs (or lack thereof) in order to craft a strategic plan for the future. At the heart of any quality SLA is fairness. Both parties – the consumer and the provider of a service – must agree on a mutually beneficial statement for long term success. The end goal is to abstract the minutiae of a technical design away from the consumer. Such as this WordPress platform: I really don’t concern myself with the back end infrastructure, I just want to consume the service and know that it’s being protected. An SLA is a method for me to define guard rails around data loss and availability while…