Rubrik -  - Rebecca Fitzhugh

Rebecca Fitzhugh

Principal Technologist at Rubrik. VCDX #243, published author, blogger, and vBrownbag crew.

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Rubrik -  - Welcome to Rubrik Build

General Tech

Welcome to Rubrik Build

Since Rubrik opened its doors in 2014, we have built our product around an API-first architecture. This means that our API is a first-class citizen developed by our engineers, who subject it to the same meticulous testing and quality control as the rest of the core Rubrik platform. This principle continues to be a key part of the company ethos. We believe in empowering our customers and partners to integrate Rubrik into third-party tools and apply our simple policy-driven approach to their entire environment. Today, I am proud to extend our API-first approach with the launch of Rubrik Build, an open source community where contributors can create new applications, automation tooling and integrations, as well as consume or improve existing projects that simplify monitoring, testing, development, and automated workflows. Our goal is to establish a community around consuming Rubrik’s world-class APIs to quickly get started with pre-built use cases, quick start guides, and integrations with popular tooling. The Build program was designed with our customers in mind, easing their transition to consuming APIs. Many of us in the tech community do not come from a traditional software engineering background. This can make contributing to open source seem daunting. I am…
Rubrik -  - Provision and Protect vRealize Workloads

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Provision and Protect vRealize Workloads

“Software-defined” has taken over the data center, leading to many businesses adopting an IT-as-a-service approach. Leveraging a self-service approach streamlines processes by allowing users to provision as many VMs as desired on-demand. Goodbye to creating trouble tickets just so an IT administrator will create a VM! However, the self-service approach can also make lifecycle management a challenge. How do you ensure that these newly created workloads are protected? One option is to implement a modern API-driven solution with a single software fabric that allows the provisioning tool to assign a backup policy at the creation of the workload. This technique is known as Provision and Protect and can be executed using Rubrik’s APIs and the provisioning tool of your choice. Rubrik was built to be API-first since day one. Way back in 2015, Rubrik announced the ability to integrate with VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO), which allows administrators to automate tasks in both VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and vSphere. For the Provision and Protect use case, Rubrik can be integrated into existing or new vRA blueprints surrounding VM provisioning, requiring users to select an SLA Domain during the provisioning process. This ensures that each and every time a vRA catalog item…
Rubrik -  - Using Terraform with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

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Using Terraform with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

Automation is a part of Rubrik’s cultural DNA. Whether we are automating our testing framework or making our platform APIs as easy to consume as possible, we’re always looking for ways to help our customers increase automation. One of the ways that our customers are leveraging Rubrik APIs is via infrastructure-as-code workflows. That’s why I’m happy to announce the availability of the Rubrik Provider for Terraform! Terraform is an open source orchestration tool that allows you to provision, manage, and codify your infrastructure. The configuration file that Terraform uses enables you to write infrastructure as code in either JSON or HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL). Simply define the desired infrastructure state, and then Terraform updates the target environment in a declarative manner to match the defined state. This model allows for easy repeat automation. A Terraform Provider is responsible for understanding API interactions between and exposing the resources from a given infrastructure, platform, or SaaS offering to Terraform. Rubrik offers a provider for CDM, which can be used to manage several aspects of Rubrik, including the ability to create, update, or destroy: AWS Native Accounts AWS S3 CloudOut (using either RSA or KMS for encryption) AWS CloudOn Azure CloudOn Azure CloudOut…
Rubrik -  - Effortless Data Protection with Rubrik and VMware Cloud Foundation

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Effortless Data Protection with Rubrik and VMware Cloud Foundation

At Rubrik, we architected our platform to automate as much as possible, as easily as possible while enabling customers to unlock new value from their data. This obsession with automation has extended well beyond our product into our partner ecosystem, and we’re constantly working on new integrations that meet the growing demands of our customers.   Today, we’re excited to announce that Rubrik users can now seamlessly protect workloads deployed on VMware Cloud Foundation, an advanced cloud infrastructure platform. Cloud Foundation provides a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, networking, and security to run enterprise applications in private or public environments. It simplifies the path to the hybrid cloud by delivering a single, integrated solution that is easy to operate thanks to built-in automated lifecycle management. Cloud Foundation, like Rubrik, is engineered to be simple, unlocking greater agility and productivity by eliminating the operational bottlenecks of legacy infrastructure. Rubrik’s support for Cloud Foundation protection is full-featured while extending its focus on simplicity. Using Rubrik and VMware Cloud Foundation together helps accelerate companies on their journey to meet hybrid cloud business requirements by protecting on-premises workloads, providing archival and replication to public cloud, and providing the ability to instantiate…
Rubrik -  - Long Live vCloud Director!

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Long Live vCloud Director!

Although now focused on service providers, vCloud Director is alive and well, as shown by the #LongLivevCD hashtag on Twitter. vCloud Director (vCD) makes it easy for cloud service providers or managed service providers (MSPs) to manage and operate virtual data centers (VDCs) for multiple consumers or tenants. The solution can automate the creation of VDCs based on consumer resource needs and assign the appropriate policies necessary to maintain a proper allocation of resources. vCD also provides a unique portal for consumers to manage various cloud services and workloads on their own. At Rubrik, we’re excited to further our customers’ abilities to create customized private cloud offerings tailored their environment. Our integration simplifies protection of VMs by recognizing vCD constructs and provides granular recovery at the file-level so that users can choose whether to recover an entire vApp or a subset of VMs. With Rubrik Alta 4.2, we’re pleased to offer support for vCD with the following features: Support for vCD 8.10 and later Autodiscovery of vCD hierarchy SLA-based autoprotect at different levels of vCD hierarchy vCD instance vCD organizations Org VDC vApp Recovery flows Export and instant recovery File restore Network settings Self-service multi-tenancy for Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) Reporting per…
Rubrik -  - Modern Development: Impossible Without Automation

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Modern Development: Impossible Without Automation

The normal release cycle for Rubrik Cloud Data Management (CDM) is quarterly — fast releases drive manual testing efforts through the roof. But any step in a process requiring human input has the potential to become a roadblock delays or kills productivity. To the extent possible, everything should be automated—and that includes testing. Automate the critical parts step by step, and you’ll be ready for continuous deployment. At Rubrik, we automate as much of our testing as possible. As with any software company, it is important that we thoroughly test our product before releasing it out into the wild world of our customers’ data centers. Factoring in a quarterly release cycle —  that’s not much time for development, QA, and testing. Test automation allows Rubrik to quickly and thoroughly test while maintaining more consistency. Time is freed up to work on new test cases or to debug failures while repetitive, automated testing continues. We have found that intelligent test automation provides the following benefits: Consistent test environment by removing the human element Increased productivity and time savings Fast response to changing business demands Speedier release cycle by validating builds quicker Improved customer experience The move to agile has led many…
Rubrik -  - Intelligent Data Protection: Revisiting Cerebro

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Intelligent Data Protection: Revisiting Cerebro

Making any sufficiently complex system look and feel simple is a tall order. But that’s precisely what Cerebro does for Rubrik Cloud Data Management! As the “brains” of the stack, Cerebro acts as the autonomous conductor standing on a podium before thousands of critical systems, all eager to be protected or restored as part of the data lifecycle management symphony. Founding Engineer Fabiano Botelho introduced Cerebro in a blog post over two years ago. The time is nigh to dig deeper. The power of Cerebro allows workload data to be freed from the storage tier by unlocking mobility beyond the data center — into the cloud and between different clouds. Cerebro is the system’s brains, accommodating many critical functions of the Rubrik CDM stack. Two of those functions are the Distributed Task Framework and Blob Engine, which together unite as powerful components to ensure Rubrik delivers data that is immediately accessible and recoverable. Distributed Task Framework The Distributed Task Framework is the engine responsible for globally assigning and executing tasks across a cluster in a fault tolerant and efficient manner. It has the intelligence to provide resource utilization and load balancing of all data in a declarative manner. Rubrik’s Distributed Task…
Rubrik -  - The Beauty of Immutability

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The Beauty of Immutability

Imagine one or more of your systems is unavailable because of some malicious attack, whether a nasty virus, ransomware, or sabotage from a disgruntled employee. No worries, these things happen —  you’ll recover from backup. Except you discover that your backups have been compromised in the same manner (this has happened). This is usually where the term air gap gets dropped. Someone will say, “you need a truly offline backup — tape! There’s no way ransomware can get into a tape backup!” While that’s true, how long does it take to recover from tape stored in a land somewhere far, far away? If a backup takes so long to restore that there’s major financial or business impact, does it actually exist? Realistically, there are ways to protect your data stored by backup systems even without this gap. I recently wrote a blog post about immutable infrastructures, but compute infrastructures are not the only way that immutability matters in the data center. Immutable, by definition, means the state is set or inflexible once constructed. In other words, it cannot be changed. The goal is to build a more reliable automated compute infrastructure in order to enable stable continuous delivery. Data has become…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik & Cloudian: Efficient Data Management for the Growing Enterprise

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Rubrik & Cloudian: Efficient Data Management for the Growing Enterprise

Managing data growth outside of primary storage has become increasingly complex with legacy architectures. Data centers are strapped with outdated hardware and software solutions. As enterprises become more and more reliant on data protection, a need for an affordable management solution has never been greater. Rubrik and Cloudian streamline how enterprises manage backups and long-term data retention in hybrid cloud environments. Rubrik provides unified end-to-end data management with capabilities such as instant data access, automated protection, and easy orchestration across multi-cloud environments. Enterprises around the world rely on Rubrik to securely manage their data, physical or virtual, across all locations – on-premises, edge of the data center, and cloud. Rubrik delivers a secure and intelligent on-ramp to Cloudian HyperStore. Cloudian HyperStore is designed for enterprise customers and service providers in data-intensive markets where unstructured data demands strain the limits of modern data centers. The solution serves as a highly-scalable on-premises target for data protection with support for policy-based migration to the cloud. Our platform was built from the ground up with simplicity in mind. Rubrik’s integration with Cloudian extends this focus while meeting customers’ business requirements around backup, archive, and disaster recovery. The joint solution delivers unlimited scale, security, and…
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