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Rubrik -  - Design Centers and You

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Design Centers and You

A Bit of History I still find technology fascinating – don’t you? There’s a certain joy in tinkering, building, and ultimately creating that never gets old. This goes back to my earliest days when I used ResEdit to change the Welcome to Macintosh screen to say Be very, very afraid, but it remained true after graduating from college and diving headfirst into learning Novell Netware and eDirectory. For those of us with a CNA, it never actually expires and doesn’t technically have to be removed from your resume. I’ll let you decide if it stays or not though. Over time, part of my responsibilities both as a data center architect at a customer and then later as a presales technical director at a solutions integrator involved input on new product evaluations. I had to determine how the various products would or wouldn’t fit into my data center or our solutions portfolio. There are many facets to these kind of evaluations, so it can be daunting to keep track of the mountains of minutia – everything from technical to operational to financial and more. What’s a Design Center? In time, one idea that I came to focus on was a concept…
Rubrik -  - CarePoint Health Simplifies Operations with Rubrik and Microsoft Azure

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CarePoint Health Simplifies Operations with Rubrik and Microsoft Azure

Headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, CarePoint Health is a leader in the delivery of preventive medicine, healthcare education, and disease management. Each year, CarePoint Health delivers hundreds of thousands of healthcare services to residents in Hudson County through its three area hospitals. Lev Goronshteyn, CTO at CarePoint Health, discusses how Rubrik and Microsoft Azure simplified CarePoint’s data management operations and helped them eliminate tape. What challenges were you experiencing with data protection? When we combined the three hospital IT environments, it created a lot of complexity and performance challenges for us. Our old system was inherently difficult to use, our backups were taking 12 hours or longer to complete, and our restores could take hours. We were spending a lot of time on backups, and we wanted to free our employees up to work on other initiatives. We also were sitting on a vast amount of tape, which was challenging to manage and needed to be eliminated. Why did you choose Rubrik and Microsoft Azure? We knew that by transitioning to a hybrid cloud we could unlock cost savings and efficiency gains that weren’t possible with our legacy systems. To get the results we wanted, we knew that we needed…
Rubrik -  - Worried About Viruses? Ransom? Data Loss? The Cure is Here!

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Worried About Viruses? Ransom? Data Loss? The Cure is Here!

This is not hype! This is reality. Companies across industries get hit with viruses all the time. In the always-on economy, companies rely on 24/7 data availability, so any downtime can severely impact the business. The good news is that with a strong data management solution, you can quickly recover from a disaster without any data loss. Before we dive into how Rubrik delivers that solution, let’s go over what happens during a virus attack. The Lifecycle of a Virus Attack Before Rubrik As the above diagram shows, a typical attack has several phases: you get hit with the virus, your systems are under attack, and your business loses access to the encrypted data. Once it’s detected, your IT team documents and implements steps to prevent the virus from spreading. But since most organizations rely on data to perform daily operations, the data loss you’ve already experienced has a severe impact on the organization. Unfortunately, for many organizations, a virus’ life doesn’t end with patching the vulnerability. Even with a sophisticated antivirus software, viruses can remain in your system undetected. This often leads to further data corruption and a vicious cycle of attack, recover, and patch. For this reason, many…
Rubrik -  - Chapters Health System Chooses Rubrik to Combat Ransomware and Manage Nutanix AHV Environment

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Chapters Health System Chooses Rubrik to Combat Ransomware and Manage Nutanix AHV Environment

Headquartered in Temple Terrace, Florida, Chapters Health System is a principal provider of care for persons affected by advanced and life-limiting illnesses. As one of the country’s first post-acute care systems, Chapters Health is a progressive leader in the delivery of hospice, palliative care, and home health services. Each year, Chapters Health delivers hundreds of thousands of healthcare services across eight counties in West Central Florida through its inpatient and outpatient locations. Chris Williams, Director of IT Operations at Chapters Health, and Mike Parkin, Director of IT Security, discuss how Rubrik protects against the threat of Ransomware and empowers their multi-hypervisor strategy. What challenges were you experiencing with data protection? CW: We were concerned with the growing threat of Ransomware, particularly given the prevalence of attacks targeting hospitals and healthcare systems. The previous solution also failed to provide adequate visibility, which resulted in us needing to physically call the vendor to check the status of a backup. Conducting maintenance was a pain, too. Every new software update would result in issues with our agents or logs not being truncated. MP: We wanted to implement Nutanix AHV, which, with our previous vendor, would have forced us to purchase additional hardware and…
Rubrik -  - Focusing on our Strengths: Rubrik & QStar

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Focusing on our Strengths: Rubrik & QStar

Tape?! Yes, tape. Rubrik has long supported native cloud integration for long-term archive for similar economics to tape with more flexibility and reliability. But for some customers, archiving to tape is an unavoidable legal or compliance requirement. This is particularly the case for customers across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia in finance, energy, defense, media, and more. As we listened to our customers, we discovered that they needed tape support but also wanted many more “forward-looking” features — additional cloud capabilities, data portability, analytics, and more. However, in some ways, development is a zero-sum game; time spent on one feature by definition is not available for other features. When you look at tape support, it’s not simple due to a multiplicity of tape libraries, drives, and related drivers – tape has been around for 30+ years after all. To solve this conundrum, Rubrik partnered with a company that has made handling tape drives and tape libraries a competitive strength – QStar. Starting with version 4.0 and later, Rubrik natively integrates with QStar Archive Manager to provide tape archiving. QStar exposes a tape library via SMB from a Windows server, handles the proprietary drivers required to interface with tape libraries, and…
Rubrik -  - Live Mount: Never Wait for a Restore Again!

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Live Mount: Never Wait for a Restore Again!

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Rubrik, you probably have seen the term Live Mount a lot. So, what exactly is Live Mount? And why is it such a big deal? Live Mount describes the process of restoring a full VM from a backup – in a matter of seconds. Rubrik created Live Mount to satisfy lower RTOs while simultaneously lowering the total cost of ownership. If you need to get your data and application back up and running, but your business cannot withstand waiting for a restore, Live Mount is for you. To fully understand how this works, let’s first explore what a restore is by comparing a well-known backup and restore workflow. Suppose a backup job takes you 1 hour to perform. However, your data gets corrupted and you need to restore. With legacy solutions, a restore could take hours to complete. And every minute that passes with your data down is a financial loss for your business. In a traditional IT shop, the workaround for faster recovery is investing significantly in tools to speed up your backup windows and deploying replication technologies. These costs quickly accrue for a business. Rubrik’s Live Mount capability resolves this issue…
Rubrik -  - Getting Strategic with Copy Data Management

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Getting Strategic with Copy Data Management

Copy data management (CDM) is a term that we hear a lot in the industry. Yet, many of us don’t have a clear idea of what it really means. In this blog, I’ll walk you through what copy data management is and what makes Rubrik a strategic tool for it. The amount of data collected and processed by businesses has grown exponentially. Adding to this increase, a recent study performed by IDC cites the average number of copies per piece of data is 13. As you can imagine, this growth of data and copy data uses up storage space and can hinder performance. In fact, IDC estimated that 60% of storage is provisioned to store copy data – even with deduplication. This tells us that IT organizations need a reliable and scalable approach to managing copy data. An effective copy data management solution creates space efficiency and easily unlocks copy data use cases — such as test/dev, backup and recovery, and replication — across your entire infrastructure. So, let’s get a little closer to home. At a recent user group event, I had the opportunity to speak to a room of IT professionals and ask them a few questions: How…
Rubrik -  - The Startup Funding Journey

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The Startup Funding Journey

Eric Shanks recently wrote a fascinating article analyzing startup funding using Rubrik as an example. If you haven’t already, go read it now – I’ll wait here until you come back. I’ve always loved figuring out how things work, whether it’s exploring SimCity, learning Netware out of college, understanding channel reseller business models, and now IT startups. However, as Eric Shanks explored, fascination with technology often expands into understanding all the factors surrounding its creation. As we all know, the best technology doesn’t always win. Let’s have a moment of silence for OS/2, Betamax, Novell Netware + eDirectory, and many more. For startups, one major factor is funding, which I’d like to share a few thoughts on. Please note this is my own personal perspective built over the last 15+ years. All About the People Before Round A, it’s more about the people than the product. There’s typically not much of a product at this point, so the main thing to gauge is the team. Looking at Rubrik, all four co-founders, as well as the founding engineers, could literally work almost anywhere they wanted in Silicon Valley. In the past, they’d held positions at Oracle, Facebook, VMware, Google, and more. And…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik & Oracle: Not Just a Dumb Target

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Rubrik & Oracle: Not Just a Dumb Target

Oracle databases are a critical part of many IT environments. With the Rubrik Alta release, we are excited to announce support for Oracle. Our goal is to provide core Rubrik benefits such as immutability and a single policy engine for retention + archival + replication, while tightly integrating with native Oracle capabilities. Our approach is to integrate with RMAN to offer agentless support and allow Oracle DBAs to continue using familiar tools. The integration provides support for ASM – a notable difference from array-based snapshot methods. Rubrik supports all database topologies (RAC, Exadata, etc.) and recovery types. While an easy and technically feasible approach would have been providing an NFS export and stopping there, Rubrik is intentionally not a “dumb target” for database backups. Our engineers rejected that approach as not staying true to the core Rubrik platform benefits. However, we are using NFS as a transport mechanism for ingesting RMAN backups into Oracle. From there, Oracle backups are preserved in an immutable format and managed via the same Rubrik policy that applies to all other datasets. Under the Hood The core new feature that supports Oracle backups is the concept of a Managed Volume – an NFS mount point exposed to…
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