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Rubrik -  - LKAB Avoids Millions in Downtime & Drives Operational Efficiency with Rubrik

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LKAB Avoids Millions in Downtime & Drives Operational Efficiency with Rubrik

Rubrik is honored to have received the Best Data Security and Data Protection award at VMworld 2019, marking our eighth VMworld award in just four years. This win was in partnership with our customer LKAB, a leading Swedish mining company, and recognizes the automation, increased efficiency, and significant business value they achieved with Rubrik Edge. Winners of the award were selected “based on the business benefits, levels of innovation and best practice their projects demonstrated.” Enabling our customers to tackle the toughest enterprise data management challenges and unlock new value from their data is what drives us. That’s why, in celebration of our Best of VMworld award, I want to share LKAB’s story and the business benefits they’ve realized by deploying Rubrik.  Modern Data Management for Modern Operations LKAB is a state-owned mining company that produced 26.9 Mt of iron ore products in 2018 with ambitious plans to increase production by 5% per year through 2021. Due to the modern technology and high cost of running their mines, IT is a crucial component of their operations and supports business-critical applications, as well as their entire global employee base.  As Robert Pohjanen, IT Architect at LKAB, explains, “Our small IT department…
Rubrik -  - Why NDMP Is Not the Answer to Your NAS Protection Challenges

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Why NDMP Is Not the Answer to Your NAS Protection Challenges

The Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) is currently the de facto approach for protecting NAS data. However, an increasing number of enterprises are exploring new approaches as their environments grow and the challenges and limitations associated with NDMP come to the surface. A Short History of NDMP More than two decades ago, NAS pioneer NetApp and backup vendor Intelliguard collaborated to solve an issue that was increasingly vexing NAS users – the inability to reliably protect their data. Up to that point, NAS platforms such as NetApp Filers were being backed up by having backup servers mount NAS shares and then moving the backup data to locally attached tape devices or a networked tape library. This solution was fraught with problems ranging from low performance due to the need to read every file over a POSIX interface, performance bottlenecks created by sending data over a single mount point, and managing multiple devices. NDMP was first proposed by NetApp and Intelliguard in 1995 to address these challenges in protecting NAS platforms.* NDMP is officially defined as an “open standard protocol for network-based backup for network- attached storage.”** The protocol specifies a separation of the control path from the data path. Control…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik + NetApp: Automate Data Lifecycle Management at Cloud Scale

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Rubrik + NetApp: Automate Data Lifecycle Management at Cloud Scale

In the 20+ years I’ve been working in tech, one of the things that stands out at Rubrik is its customer and partner-centric approach to building solutions. Here, customer feedback helps drive our roadmap, and we know our partners are critical for delivering our solutions. We’re always looking for ways to expand our ecosystem, which is why we’re thrilled about our new strategic alliance partner, NetApp. Today, we’re kicking off our partnership with Rubrik Cloud Data Management for NetApp StorageGRID, which enables enterprises to optimize data lifecycle management on cloud-scale architectures. NetApp StorageGRID is well-known throughout the industry, and just like Rubrik, the secret sauce is their policy engine. NetApp StorageGRID is a software-defined object storage solution that supports industry-standard object APIs such as the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) API. Users can create multiple service levels with metadata-driven object lifecycle policies, optimizing durability, protection, performance, cost, and location across multiple geographies. As requirements change, users can adjust policies and realign their data landscape. With Rubrik and NetApp StorageGRID, you can now automate data lifecycle management through Rubrik’s simple control plane while using StorageGRID as a cloud-scale object-based archive target. Both Rubrik and StorageGRID index file metadata to enable…
Rubrik -  - Deploying a Secure Data Protection as a Service Solution with Rubrik Polaris

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Deploying a Secure Data Protection as a Service Solution with Rubrik Polaris

Cloud security is one of the topics du jour in the enterprise IT space. In fact, it’s a big enough topic that Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted their own security conference, AWS re:Inforce, back in June. It highlights the challenge with securing your data in the cloud,  especially if you are using tools and approaches that were not designed for security from the start. Not adhering to good security practices exposes cloud customers to the potential risk of being hacked and having data stolen. To assist customers and partners with building secure solutions, AWS has codified recommended practices and principles into the security pillar of their AWS Well-Architected Framework. The Well-Architected Framework is a tool for evaluating the soundness of any solution running on AWS and leveraging their services. The framework is comprised of five conceptual areas called pillars, including the security pillar.  So where does Rubrik Polaris fit into this picture? We previously announced the general availability of AWS native protection support in Rubrik Polaris, our Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for cloud data management. Now, we want to explore how Polaris is able to build a secure solution for protecting Amazon EC2 instances and Amazon EBS volumes using the recommended…
Rubrik -  - Automating VM Protection in Rubrik with vSphere Tags

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Automating VM Protection in Rubrik with vSphere Tags

An oft ignored but useful organization tool, tags are labels that can be applied in your VMware inventory to organize and sort objects. Tags allow you to attach metadata to objects, making it easier to sort and search through your inventory. But wait…there’s more. Tags can also be used in conjunction with other programs like vRealize Automation to help manage an objects lifecycle.  Seen in the picture below is an assigned tag on a VM. To get the most out of vSphere tags, it’s important to also understand the concept of categories.  Categories can be used to group your tags together. Think of it like a large filing cabinet: each drawer is a category, and inside of a drawer, there are folders with objects. These folders have a tag or label on the top. As an example, you may create the category of Operating Systems  that contains tags like Windows 10  or Windows 7  and so on. Here is a very simple diagram of the hierarchy: This is one of the ways tags and categories can be used to help organize your environment. Here’s how you add a category for tags in vSphere: So what could we use categories and…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik SLA Domain: Settings, Ops, Considerations

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Rubrik SLA Domain: Settings, Ops, Considerations

SLA Domains Explained In the data protection world, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) define protection levels for workloads, availability targets, and objects that are crucial to a company. Collecting this information, implementing it, and staying compliant with the SLA is usually a tedious and difficult process. Rubrik uses SLA Domains to make those SLAs easier to achieve.  SLA Domains are comprised of these three components: Snapshot protection and retention  Replication  Archival When combined, these components protect and help manage the lifecycle of your most critical data. SLA Domains can be set to align with your company’s own SLAs, making compliance incredibly simple. Additionally, Rubrik’s SLA Domain construct is declarative in nature, allowing for a set it and forget it style of implementation. While it may seem like a small thing to use declarative policies, there is a major difference between old-style imperative backup jobs and Rubrik’s declarative SLA Domains. To understand the difference, imagine a situation in which you want to give your friend a LEGO set for them to build. The imperative approach would be to sit down with your friend and tell them, step-by-step, exactly how to construct the model. It would be far simpler, and faster, to take…
Rubrik -  - Managing Encrypted AWS Snapshots with Rubrik Polaris

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Managing Encrypted AWS Snapshots with Rubrik Polaris

Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS, has taken to wearing a T-shirt during his recent keynote speeches with the admonition, Encrypt Everything. This statement highlights the growing concerns over unauthorized access of data and regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation. Encrypting everything  is no longer just a nice-have, it’s a must-have for any business with workloads running in a public cloud. The challenge for most customers is knowing what encryption method to choose and how to properly manage their encryption keys. Making the wrong choices can leave a customer’s data as unprotected as it would be with no encryption at all. AWS, as well as other cloud providers, offers a number of options for simplifying the encryption of data in transit and at rest. This includes the capability to encrypt data stored in a customer’s Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) volumes. This feature can be enabled with a check of a box, and the encryption is automatically handled using the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). To ensure end-to-end encryption, including when a snapshot of an Amazon EBS volume is taken and backed up, AWS will automatically encrypt the snapshot of any encrypted Amazon EBS volume. Supporting this capability is now…
Rubrik -  - The Digitization of Media: Protecting and Delivering Content with the Cloud

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The Digitization of Media: Protecting and Delivering Content with the Cloud

Cloud computing was once a buzzword. Now it’s a reality. This massive adoption of cloud is happening across nearly every industry and vertical as companies look to lower costs and increase agility. In this blog, we explore how two of our media and entertainment customers, Sesame Workshop and America’s Test Kitchen, are embracing the cloud to unlock added business value. Sesame Workshop Supports Key Digitization Efforts and Moves to the Cloud with Rubrik Sesame Workshop is a non-profit providing educational entertainment to children through a variety of media platforms and is best known for overseeing Sesame Street, the longest-running children’s show of all-time. Delivering educational programming to children in over 150 countries, Sesame Workshop’s IT team manages over 45 years-worth of intellectual property. Having previously relied on outdated, complex, legacy technologies, the organization selected Rubrik to help their team protect, archive, and manage business-critical data and content and to accelerate their use of Microsoft Azure. Sesame Workshop CTO Shadrach Kisten insists that the cloud is necessary for content archival, long-term retention, and accessibility among team members – something Rubrik facilitates. According to Kisten, “With Rubrik, we will be able to archive to Azure for 90 days and then push the…
Rubrik -  - IT and Sports: A Tale of Three Teams

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IT and Sports: A Tale of Three Teams

Professional sports are big business. With teams looking for an edge both on and off the field, many clubs are embracing advancements in technology and big data to provide the best possible game-day experiences for players and fans. Not only is data being used to create championship-winning strategies, it’s also leveraged to better understand fan relations and ROIs and to gain insight into athletic performance during training sessions. This shift has led to the front offices of many franchises to embrace best-of-breed IT technologies that not only protect sensitive information, but help them unlock new business value from it. Tampa Bay Rays Hit It Out-of-the-Park with Instant Data Recovery From recruiting top athletes to game management, American baseball pioneered the use of data for on-field success. Many teams, like the Tampa Bay Rays, have scaled their IT infrastructure accordingly to store and manage critical statistics, including past season metrics, individual player performances, and other crucial data points. The Rays leverage this data to create reports that influence game plans and day-to-day business operations. As critical as data is for The Rays, managing it wasn’t always easy. The IT team was bogged down by fragmented, cumbersome backups and slow restores. To…