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Rubrik -  - PowerShell and RESTful APIs – Making Backup Awesome Again

PowerShell and RESTful APIs – Making Backup Awesome Again

The virtualization world has long been singing the praises of the “abstract, pool, and automate” goal. Put simply, it meant separating the application from hardware, forming a fabric of resources, and automating the consumption of those resources for applications. The key focus is the application and how it can be made a first class citizen in the data center. However, the automation of tasks has traditionally been slower to enter the world of enterprise infrastructure. I attribute this to vendors using proprietary or closed protocols while also lacking a solid, simple to use, and consumable API that enables a rich ecosystem of task automation. On top of this, administrators and engineers are burdened with keeping the data center operational and don’t have the luxury of codifying a plethora of workflows using handfuls of different programming languages. What’s needed is a easy way to control infrastructure, such as data protection, that actually reduces overhead and grants IT professionals more time to focus on value-add efforts (that are usually more fun, too). Enter PowerShell! It’s a framework that is incredibly simple to learn and consume that can also send and receive data from an API endpoint. Plus, when paired with the Rubrik…
Rubrik -  - Leadership Lab: Mark Leslie on Building Culture and Transformative Technology

Leadership Lab: Mark Leslie on Building Culture and Transformative Technology

How do transformational leaders build game-changing companies? We bring you the first part of our Leadership Lab series where we ask next-gen executives, investors, and academics to share their perspectives on what they learned and what is driving future innovation. We sat down with Mark Leslie at Nutanix .NEXT, who is an investor in, prior board member of, and current senior advisor to Nutanix. He is the Managing Partner of Leslie Ventures and was the Founding Chairman and CEO of VERITAS Software. What lessons did you learn in building two companies before Veritas? One of the lessons I learned early on was that I used to say, “We are going to ship it on Tuesday no matter what.” This created a war inside the company. We ended up being sorry we shipped it on Tuesday, and I learned that it is all about shipping great products that work well – and you can’t ship them before their time. When you were CEO of Veritas, how did you address the issue of technical debt? We didn’t have that word in our vocabulary when we started. It is great that we have that definition now because we can define the delta between…
Rubrik -  - Three Use Cases Demonstrate How Rubrik Rocks Recovery

Three Use Cases Demonstrate How Rubrik Rocks Recovery

Our customers and peers in the industry always want to hear about how others are using Rubrik to provide data protection. And as much as I love our technology, it’s really all about how our converged data management solution is being leveraged by those looking to ensure that their SLA requirements are being met (or exceeded). Recently, we wanted to bring in another pair of eyeballs to look at our customer testimonials. The tech-savvy team at ActualTech Media cropped up as a great fit to see what we’re doing, capture our use cases into a white paper, and help provide you with that lightbulb moment that is so awesome to experience when it comes to ditching backup jobs for declarative SLA policies. I humbly invite you to read their brand new paper, hot off the press, focused entirely on addressing three of the most common challenges beleaguering administrators looking to provide data protection for today’s data center and tomorrow’s applications. In this masterpiece of wordcraft, you’ll learn: Use Case 1: Ousting Tape-Based Backups Learn how using cloud and object storage can reduce costs by 60%, provide incredibly more efficient recovery workflows, and offer massively boosted availability for data. Use Case…
Rubrik -  - Why Your Hospital May be Held Hostage Without Healthy Data Protection

Why Your Hospital May be Held Hostage Without Healthy Data Protection

There’s a crisis in healthcare. The crisis we are referring to is not the economic system, but rather cyber threats targeted at hospitals’ data. In February, a cyberattack in Los Angeles left the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paralyzed without access to electronic records while its hackers held its computer systems captive for a reputedly multi-million dollar ransom. The result – a 40 bitcoin (approximately $17,000) payment and a loss of operations for over a week. This cyberthreat, known as ransomware, is growing and is predicted to increase in 2016. In one week alone, three hospitals were hit by ransomware attacks. How do hospitals protect themselves from ransomware threats? To answer this question, we sat down with David Ramos, who leads the development of Rubrik’s security measures. Ramos has a Ph.D. from Stanford in Computer Science and discovered dozens of security bugs in open source software, including three in OpenSSL for which security advisories were issued. Ramos explains why hospitals are especially vulnerable to these types of attacks, and why data protection and security need to be integrated at the highest standard in a reliable backup solution. Q. What is Ransomware? How is Ransomware different from other cyber threats? A. Ransomware…
Rubrik -  - Building a Company with Great Partners

Building a Company with Great Partners

This week we announced AHEAD as our 2015-16 Partner of the Year. We’re excited to present AHEAD with this recognition for not only the work they’ve done with us this year, but also for the kind of business they are building. As we build Rubrik into an enduring institution, our channel partners will be an integral part of our customers’ experience. It follows that on-boarding the right partners with an aligned vision and customer-centric ethos is something that we care a lot about. Since our r300 Series GA eight months ago, AHEAD has been a supporter of Rubrik’s Converged Data Management vision: radical simplicity, consistent performance and cloud economics for backup and recovery. In fact, Rubrik is now part of AHEAD’s vision, called Cloud Delivery Framework. Cloud Delivery Framework is new IT operating model incorporating virtualization, data protection and automation that is meant to provide simplified end-to-end infrastructure services. We’ve also been impressed with how AHEAD drives their vision to reality. They have invested in engineering resources to design and test their Cloud Delivery Framework. AHEAD currently runs a Rubrik environment in their Chicago lab, and has validated a reference architecture for Converged Data Management. This kind of work has…
Rubrik -  - Top 10 Reasons Not to Buy Rubrik

Top 10 Reasons Not to Buy Rubrik

15-year veteran of the storage industry, born and raised in Southern California, passionate about helping to solve his customer’s business challenges through the use of technology. You’ve had the same backup system in place for the last 10 years and even though you hate it, you hate innovation even more. You believe the public cloud is just a fad so why would you ever want to store instantly recoverable copies of your backups there for pennies per gigabyte? You look forward to your annual contract negotiations with your legacy vendors. Zero time restores, granular recovery to the file level, and Google-like predictive search? Boring… You enjoy busy work… checking and re-starting failed backup jobs, clicking thirty times to kick off a re-store, manually browsing snapshots for files. You have an affinity for tape and can’t imagine your life without it. You believe the words sexy and back-up never belong in the same sentence, unless it’s in a Justin Timberlake song. You’re a big fan of complexity and have no interest in deploying a backup solution in the same amount of time it takes you to make a cup of coffee (no PS & no training necessary). You find the idea…

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