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Rubrik -  - Rubrik Datos IO, 1 Year Later: Onwards to Rubrik Mosaic!

Rubrik Datos IO, 1 Year Later: Onwards to Rubrik Mosaic!

What seemed like a good match back then, looks like a great match one year later. Last week marked the one-year anniversary of Rubrik’s first acquisition and the day that Datos IO joined the Rubrik family.  I want to use this occasion to share a few things that I’ve learned along the way and what it’s like when “a startup meets startup.” It all began with a conversation between Bipul Sinha, Rubrik’s co-founder and CEO, and I about 18 months ago. Fast-forward to today, and that conversation seems like yesterday. The V  in RIVET (the acronym for our company values) is velocity, and it’s this velocity across all functions that made one year fast-forward like one day. What made the Rubrik acquisition of Datos IO a success revolves around the absorptive capacity concept, or the “ability to recognize the value of new information, assimilate it, and apply it to commercial ends.” First, Rubrik understood the emerging and fast-growing NoSQL and Big Data market and had an appetite for acquiring purpose-built products that help expand Cloud Data Management offerings.  Next, both companies grasped the need to integrate without disrupting—avoiding a costly mistake that often occurs when two startups join forces. Finally, we…
Rubrik -  - 50+ Customer Visits, 1 Key Theme: NoSQL Is Now Mainstream In Enterprise

50+ Customer Visits, 1 Key Theme: NoSQL Is Now Mainstream In Enterprise

Over the past year, I’ve had the good fortune of sitting down with leading enterprises to speak with CIOs, enterprise architects, database engineering leaders, and more. Many of these discussions centered on the evolving world of business applications and databases and the challenges of digital transformation initiatives (customer experience, digital banking experience, data-as-a-service, real-time analytics, etc). In these discussions, I gained insight into why enterprises are embracing NoSQL databases, and several enterprise data management trends stood out to me. Here are the top three that I believe are shaping the market and CIO digital transformation initiatives the most in 2019: Enterprise NoSQL Adoption Is Now Mainstream Non-relational NoSQL databases are no longer stepchildren of the relational database space but hold their own prominent place in the enterprise data architecture strategy. In recent years, NoSQL has become critical for building cloud-native applications, given that traditional relational databases cannot deliver the same agility, flexibility, and performance that these modern applications need. NoSQL started with data stores such as MongoDB and Apache Cassandra but is now evolving to include in-memory database stores like Redis and search products like ElasticSearch and Splunk, which are fast developing as cornerstones for operational and analytical use cases.…
Rubrik -  - Fast-Track to the Cloud with Rubrik Accelerator for Microsoft Azure

Fast-Track to the Cloud with Rubrik Accelerator for Microsoft Azure

Every enterprise has ambitions to move to the cloud. But even with a strategy in place, organizations that rely on complex legacy solutions struggle to make that journey in a seamless, cost-efficient way. Rubrik was built to ease this journey through a single software solution that can manage and protect your data, regardless of where it lives. Today, we’re thrilled to further this mission by introducing Rubrik Accelerator for Microsoft Azure (RAMA) to simplify data management across on-premises and Azure environments. This special edition of our Cloud Data Management platform provides new users with free Azure and our well-loved CloudOn instantiation capability. RAMA builds off of our rich Microsoft support, including Office 365, Windows, Hyper-V, SQL Server, Azure, and Azure Stack.   So, why Microsoft and Rubrik? We share a common vision of helping customers accelerate their digital transformation. As Gavriella Schuster said at Microsoft Inspire, “Rubrik can help customers, within 4 clicks, pull all their data and archives into Azure”. Microsoft tapped Rubrik’s shoulder for a joint solution due to our already-strong technical alignment. Rubrik was the first to pioneer the game-changing Live Mount capability for SQL Server, enabling instant recovery and multiple test/dev use cases such as table comparisons…
Rubrik -  - Hello Canada! Meet Rubrik: Redefining the $48B Data Management Market

Hello Canada! Meet Rubrik: Redefining the $48B Data Management Market

Having interviewed numerous tech industry thought leaders for IT World Canada over the years, it’s rare to see a company in the triple threat position of having the right disruptive product, at the right time, with a seasoned executive leadership team redefining a $48 billion market. Rubrik is expanding rapidly in Canada. Founded on the mission “to pioneer a fresh approach to an old problem,” Rubrik has made unprecedented milestones–from being the fastest-growing enterprise company in the billion-dollar league to earning the honour as the fastest time in Gartner history that a company has made it from founding into the Magic Quadrant. To gain deeper insight into the disruptive innovation occurring in the data management market, I connected with Co-Founder & CEO, Bipul Sinha. Brian: What market pain did you and your founding partners see that led you to start Rubrik?  Bipul: “The byproduct of new applications created with emerging tech like IoT, mobile, social, and cloud is data. Data is the new lifeblood of business – there are over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being created daily. Until Rubrik, there was no simple solution to manage and protect all of this data born of the cloud era. Prior to…
Rubrik -  - 0-60 in 1.9 Seconds: Rubrik Goes “Plaid” with Microsoft Azure

0-60 in 1.9 Seconds: Rubrik Goes “Plaid” with Microsoft Azure

Today, just months after the Rubrik Alta 4.1 release, we’re excited to announce that Rubrik has been designated an ISV co-seller through the Microsoft Partner Network to offer our hybrid cloud management solution on Microsoft Azure. Expanding our partnership with Microsoft enables enterprise, government, and nonprofit customers to transform their organizations and fully leverage a hybrid cloud model. Rubrik’s unprecedented growth and the breadth of its development mirrors some of the most innovative companies to date. As I was finalizing the content of this joint announcement, my son texted me: Tesla released a roadster, and it’s exactly everything you could ever want from a car. Welcome to “Plaid Mode.” To me, our extended partnership with Microsoft is Rubrik’s Plaid Mode. In a mere few months, Rubrik has gone from being a small partner to being a top MS ISV. We began our Azure journey earlier this year. The initial step was to target new features for Azure  to bring us into a leadership position among cloud providers. Our engineers delivered at lightspeed with the release of Rubrik Alta 4.1. The release expanded our CloudOn services to Microsoft Azure, pioneering server-less conversion of VMs to cloud instances. This lowers the costs…
Rubrik -  - For CIOs, Focus on the Service Experience is Paramount

For CIOs, Focus on the Service Experience is Paramount

Four years ago, I sat down with Frank Slootman, now Former CEO of ServiceNow and Data Domain, and shared my idea of re-architecting backup and recovery from the ground up to manage the data explosion in a cloudy world. Backup and recovery was overdue for a technology refresh. There was opportunity to bring the power of public clouds to backup, expand the role of backup data into a business asset for test/dev and analytics, and replace the traditional cumbersome architecture and user experience with one that was radically simple and infinitely scalable. Fast forward to ten product releases and 600+ employees, Frank and I caught up on why he invested in Rubrik and how our vision resonated with him. During the discussion, we traded notes on where IT is headed and what’s top of mind for CIOs. Four out of the five business days, I’m usually found on the road, meeting with customers around the world across all industries. After countless trips, I have noticed a clear trend in my discussions with CIOs – the CIO of today is starkly different from the CIO of yesterday. They are business strategists and spend their time figuring how best to leverage technology…
Rubrik -  - The Startup Funding Journey

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 -  - Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Automating Your Business

Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Automating Your Business

Businesses worldwide are leveraging automation to deliver services at a lower cost with a higher level of customer satisfaction. The return on investment for automation is well documented, both in financial benefit and higher customer retention rates. But not all efforts to implement automation are created equal, and many companies stumble to meet their goal. Integrating automation into a business requires planning and strategy. This post walks through the top pitfalls to avoid when implementing automation. Recreating the Workflow The first mistake many businesses make is automating the steps of an existing workflow. This may seem like a shortcut since the workflow provides a blueprint for the steps needed to achieve the end result. But workflows created around manual processes focus more on previously performed tasks than on the entire problem. I experienced this firsthand while developing a process to automate billing based on cloud usage. The existing workflow had many steps that required manually altering the output of the previous step and reformatting it before sending it to the next person in the chain. This process created a significant margin of error, as even minor changes caused the entire chain to break. This leads to our next major pitfall.…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Raises $180 Million at $1.3 Billion – Why it Matters

Rubrik Raises $180 Million at $1.3 Billion – Why it Matters

This past week, we announced that we raised $180 million at a $1.3 billion valuation. The round is led by IVP (same folks who invested in Slack, Snapchat, AppDynamics, MuleSoft) with strong participation from our existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Greylock Partners. Why raise another round? We have not even dipped into the $61 million from Series C since we’ve been judiciously fueling our hyper-growth with cash flow. Simply put, Rubrik is growing extremely fast. We’ve grown our employees by more than 15x in the past two years. We’ve expanded to 5 continents in 5 quarters. We approached $100 million in bookings in just six quarters of selling. We’ve amassed a customer base numbering into several hundred enterprises, with huge penetration into the Fortune 500 and large governments. When several investors approached us to pre-empt the next round of funding, my co-founders and I saw the opportunity to double down on accelerating our business at a rate that the industry has not seen before. The market demand is there and we can further amplify our innovation lead by investing heavily in R&D. To date, we have rolled out 8 product releases with the latest managing data for cloud-native applications while…