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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 -  - 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…