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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…
Rubrik -  - Heartbroken by vSphere Data Protection?

Heartbroken by vSphere Data Protection?

Has the end of VMware’s vSphere Data Protection left you spurned? Getting dumped hurts. So, take your time and play the field. Just know that when you are ready to move on to a more serious relationship, Rubrik is ready for you. To add insult to injury, VMware is offering three years of Avamar Virtual Edition licensing for free. . .as long as you have less than 4 TB; otherwise, you have to pay. And, regardless of how much data you need to protect, you must continue to pay maintenance costs. Ouch! What is this – alimony? Love really can hurt. But it doesn’t have to! There are no limits to Rubrik’s love.  Have more than 4 TB of protected data? No worries! Rubrik uses a linear scale-out approach to solve data growth concerns. Simply add more briks to accommodate your company’s data growth. VMware will continue to focus on the vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection (VADP), which Rubrik leverages to backup your virtual machines. This is great news, but your company may not use 100% VMware virtual machines. Fear not–we’re diversifying our portfolio by providing support for physical Windows and Linux servers, as well as Microsoft SQL databases. Speaking…
Rubrik -  - 3 Cloud Data Management Trends You’ll See in 2017

3 Cloud Data Management Trends You’ll See in 2017

Data collection and analysis have become crucial for reaching business goals across industries. As the role of data has transformed, so has the way in which it is stored, protected, and managed. Growing use of the cloud, both private and public­, has led to a marriage of hardware and software that provides cost-effective, simplified solutions. With no signs of slowing down, industry leaders and startups are spearheading innovation in the cloud data management space. Here are the top trends to watch for in 2017: 1. The Democratization of Data The amount of data that companies collect has never been higher, and cloud computing makes it more readily available to employees. Data that was once reserved for top directors is now imperative for lower-­level workers to make smart business decisions. Democratization of data describes exactly this—­­providing employees access to relevant data. However, there are challenges to this newfound openness. In order for data to be delivered securely and efficiently, IT departments must be able to easily control who can and cannot access specific data sets. Another challenge is that as data usage increases, so does the amount of data in the environment due to actions such as dataset cloning. To simplify cloud data democracy…
Rubrik -  -  Creating a Transformational Shift with Cloud Data Management

 Creating a Transformational Shift with Cloud Data Management

Today, I’m excited to announce KV’s investment in Rubrik, a company that will transform how enterprises recover, manage, and secure all their data across private and public clouds. Rubrik is a company with an immense market that hasn’t seen innovation in decades and a great management team with a clear vision. That makes a killer combination. Revolutionizing an Archaic Market Backup and recovery is an extremely archaic market. In the past, it has served as an insurance payment rather than a business asset. From a CIO’s perspective, any money spent on backup and recovery was in hopes that they will never use it. In the best case, it was a complete waste. Think about it — enterprises are spending money that they hope will never be useful, and is of value only in the case of a disaster. Rubrik has redefined the backup and recovery market from an insurance payment to a functional data management platform. You need to manage your data every day, every year, every decade. Rubrik helps you do that very differently and the disaster scenario is only one of many data management functions. This gives CIOs greater flexibility to manage their data based on usage needs…
Rubrik -  - Security 101: What Security Really Means For Data Management

Security 101: What Security Really Means For Data Management

Data security is not a new priority for enterprises. In earlier blog posts, we discussed the rising threat of ransomware and how a next-gen data management solution prevented a ransomware attack. Given the exponential growth of data and increasing trend in data breaches, it is imperatives that businesses apply the highest security standards to all their data. However, the concept of security is often confounded in the context of data management. To clarify the important terms, components, and their implications for data security within enterprise backup and recovery, I sat down with Adam Goldberg, who leads product development for Rubrik’s security solutions. Adam comes from a security background with previous experience at the Department of Defense.Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) FIPS 140-2 is the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules. It is often a requirement for a product to be installed in a location where sensitive data is stored. The FIPS 140-2 standard extends far beyond the federal government. For example, financial and healthcare institutions collect, store, and transfer highly sensitive information that needs to be secured. While FIPS 140-2 features four levels of security, only Level…
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…