Rubrik -  - Drew Russell

Drew Russell

Technical Product Manager at Rubrik. Cloud and automation subject-matter expert with an affinity for Ansible and Python.

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Rubrik -  - Using Ansible with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

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Using Ansible with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

Automation is at the heart of Rubrik. Whether we’re automating our test framework or making our APIs as easy to consume as possible through our Python and Go SDKs, we’re always looking for ways to help our users increase automation adoption. When speaking with our customers, it’s clear that automation is also top of mind for them, with infrastructure-as-code being a common theme. That’s why I’m happy to announce the availability of the Rubrik Modules for Red Hat Ansible! Ansible is an open source orchestration tool that allows you to provision, manage, and codify your infrastructure. Ansible uses the language Playbooks  for configuration, deployment, and orchestration. You can simply define the desired infrastructure configuration in your Playbook, and Ansible will update the target environment in an idempotent manner. An Ansible module is responsible for understanding API interactions and exposing the resources from a given infrastructure, platform, or SaaS offering to Ansible. The initial release of the Rubrik Modules for Ansible includes: rik_assign_physical_host_fileset rubrik_cluster_version rubrik_job_status                 rubrik_assign_sla                                                   rubrik_bootstrap                                          Rubrik_on_demand_snapshot Rubrik_end_user_authorization rubrik_nas_fileset rubrik_physical_host rubrik_dns_servers rubrik_managed_volume rubrik_physical_fileset Let’s walk through an example of how Playbook Ansible works. Using the Rubrik Modules for Ansible, you can write a file that automatically takes…
Rubrik -  - Introducing the Rubrik SDK for Go

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Introducing the Rubrik SDK for Go

Today, I am happy to announce the general availability of the Rubrik software development kit (SDK) for Go, an open source programming language developed by Google. Go increases efficiency through clear syntax, reliable concurrency primitives, and native compilation and is the foundation of industry standard tools such as Terraform. The Rubrik Go SDK allows you to easily interact with our API while simultaneously reducing the amount of code you need to maintain. The Rubrik SDK for Go supports infrastructure engineers and developers with a number of use cases, including the ability to provision and protect apps, programmatically manage a Rubrik cluster, and protect and restore workloads. Our goal with this and all SDKs is to enable our users to easily consume Rubrik APIs, which allow you to innovate faster and use the tools you prefer. You can use the Rubrik SDK for Go to build and protect cloud and on-prem apps faster. For example, the SDK allows you to: Interact with the cluster and its configuration, such as domain, NTP, and DNS settings Create and assign SLA policies to workloads Recover workloads using Instant Recovery and Live Mount Query the Rubrik cluster for protection status To get started, simply run…
Rubrik -  - Hello World! Welcoming Rubrik’s Python SDK

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Hello World! Welcoming Rubrik’s Python SDK

Rubrik’s ecosystem is already huge–spanning on-premises infrastructure, from the edge to private cloud, and three big public cloud platforms–and continues to grow with each release. We recognize that most enterprises are undergoing some form of digital transformation and are in very different stages of embracing automation. That’s why we built our platform to integrate with many other vendors that can help meet specific business needs. However, with this flexibility comes the challenge of simplifying an ecosystem that uses a variety of programming languages. We selected Python as the next programming software development kit (SDK) to help address these challenges and empower all Rubrik users to be computer programmers. Python was designed as an easy-to-understand programming language and has gained popularity for being beginner-friendly. One of its creators, Guido van Rossum, even claimed to have built Python to empower “all users to be computer programmers.” Being a high-level language, Python reads like English, taking the stress of learning language-specific syntax off beginner coders. It handles and obfuscates much of the complexity, which allows you to learn programming concepts without worrying too much about details. When designing the Python SDK, we wanted to build with the same “philosophy of simplicity” that our…
Rubrik -  - Welcome to Polaris: Courtesy of Slack and Serverless Compute

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Welcome to Polaris: Courtesy of Slack and Serverless Compute

At Rubrik, one of the “good problems” we have is massive hyper-growth across teams, which means we have to find easy, scalable ways to communicate to each other. This was put to the test with our launch of the Polaris SaaS platform earlier this year, which led to the Sales Engineer team getting multiple “can I get access to the Polaris demo account?” requests every week. In order to create the new accounts, I simply log into Polaris and select the Invite Users link, and then a welcome email that includes all relevant login information would be sent to the team member requesting access. Even though the invite process was just a few clicks, as someone focused on all things DevOps and automation at Rubrik, a small part of me would shudder every time I had to manually repeat the invite process. That was until Chris Wahl decided to throw down the gauntlet. As a self-confessed Slack (our communication tool of choice) addict, I was immediately intrigued and got to work. I soon had a proof-of-concept Python script up and running that automated the new user invite process. But now what? How could I turn that basic script into a…