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Mike Preston

Mike Preston is a Technical Marketing Engineer at Rubrik. He blogs on blog.mwpreston.net as well as various other tech-related news sites. Mike is also a Toronto VMUG Leader and author of "Troubleshooting vSphere Storage."

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Rubrik -  - Bare Metal Recovery: The Rubrik Way

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Bare Metal Recovery: The Rubrik Way

While the rage of late has been a shift into more agile and efficient operating models based on DevOps principles, infrastructure-as-code, virtualization, and cloud, the reality is that organizations are still relying on physical on-premises infrastructures to provide services. For many organizations, these physical systems are hosting some of their most mission-critical applications, which means ensuring protection is a business necessity. However, physical servers also present some of the toughest challenges when it comes to data protection. Decoupling data from physical servers and providing an image level, or Bare Metal Recovery (BMR), restore process is much harder without the layer of abstraction hypervisors provide. Rubrik Andes 5.0 seeks to break down these abstraction challenges, providing end-to-end protection around physical Windows servers. Rubrik’s Road to Bare Metal Recovery At Rubrik, we designed our platform to be a unified solution that can protect data regardless of where it lives. We dipped our toes into physical data protection with our third product release,  which offered options for administrators to backup on a fileset level. While this functionality is great at providing support for dump-and-scrape backups or protecting a large set of user-created files, complete system recoveries led to lengthier RTOs. We addressed this…
Rubrik -  - Performing DBCC Health Checks with SQL Server Live Mount

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Performing DBCC Health Checks with SQL Server Live Mount

For many organizations, Microsoft SQL Server supports their most critical applications and has become a key component for modernizing their data center. However, managing and protecting SQL workloads is often a cumbersome and inefficient process. That’s why Rubrik pioneered Live Mount capabilities for SQL Server, which enables SQL recoveries and clones in seconds. Rubrik’s SQL Server Live Mount brings many benefits to organizations and is best known for providing fast item-level recovery. But Live Mount is also a powerful tool for accelerating app development, supporting many testing and development scenarios. Under the Hood of SQL Server Live Mount Many Rubrik customers chose to utilize SQL Server Live Mount for testing and development use cases due to its high efficiency. With Live Mount, there is no need to provision storage resources for point-in-time (PIT) database copies, nor is there a need to wait for complete PIT copies to traverse the network. This efficiency is achieved by utilizing Rubrik’s resources as the underlying storage that hosts our database file structure. The PIT backups, along with any transaction logs, are replayed and presented to the SQL Server of choice via an SMB 3.0 share. The RBS then creates a new database on the…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik and vSAN: Simplifying the Operational Experience

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Rubrik and vSAN: Simplifying the Operational Experience

There is no doubt that policy plays a big role in the move to the next generation of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). The introduction of cloud and software-defined solutions to IT environments brings many benefits in terms of flexibility and choice, but with that comes complexity. With all of the moving parts it takes to make up our data centers today, administrators are having a hard time keeping up with organization and customer demands. Traditionally, IT Operations have taken an imperative approach to managing environments, which includes providing instructions to infrastructure and letting it execute, building out components, and doing configurations manually. This practice cannot keep up with the software-defined world. For this reason, we’re seeing a shift to a declarative model in which administrators define the desired end state while the software determines the best path possible to obtain it. This approach revolves heavily around policy. Simplifying the Operational Experience VMware’s vSAN is a great example of how moving to a declarative approach and applying policy can benefit an organization. vSAN abstracts away the mundane tasks of managing the performance and availability of the underlying storage, instead replacing it with a set of policies, or pre-defined capabilities applied to…
Rubrik -  - Stop Waiting for Full Restores: SQL Server Live Mount for Item-Level Recovery

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Stop Waiting for Full Restores: SQL Server Live Mount for Item-Level Recovery

Regardless of how big or small an organization is, chances are that they rely heavily on a database to power some of their most important mission-critical applications. For this reason, organizations go to great lengths to ensure databases are protected and data has been backed up multiple times to various locations. While the focus seems to always be on backups, a strong data protection strategy must also take into consideration recovery–more specifically, the Recovery Time Objectives (RTO). After all, it’s the recovery that gets us back online, granting end-users and customers access to what they need. The database of choice for many enterprises is Microsoft SQL Server. Traditional recovery methods that move data from a data protection solution back into production SQL Servers are ideal for entire database restores, but they lack the ability to restore individual tables or records. Should we really have to wait for storage to be provisioned and a complete database to be copied across the network just to restore a few rows or records that were accidentally deleted? When dealing with large databases, traditional recovery methods can drastically affect whether or not an RTO is met. Even more, when dealing with highly-transactional databases, companies run…