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Rubrik -  - Pump up the Excitement – VMworld Approaches!

Pump up the Excitement – VMworld Approaches!

Has it really been a year already? Apparently so, because another gauntlet of VMworld conferences approach and is bristling with energy and excitement. The Rubrik team and I will once again be embarking on an adventure to tour the Las Vegas and Barcelona events, spreading some serious amounts of knowledge, heavy-hitting swag, and a plethora of other surprises. This year, with thanks to our swelling customer base and buzz around making data protection “not suck,” we’ve set the bar to ludicrous speed with a Platinum presence and all the trimmings that goes along with that. I’m stoked! Earlier, I blogged on Wahl Network with an outline of sessions in which I’m excited to present with the likes of Duncan Epping, Kyle Ruddy, Chris Gurley, and Eric Shanks. If you’re interested in learning more about Rubrik CDM, data center automation, PowerShell and PowerCLI scripting, vRealize Automation blueprints, or vRealize Orchestrator workflows – and you’ll be at either of the VMworld events – you’re in for a treat! Stay tuned for even more epic details as we get closer to the VMware event of the year! 🙂
Rubrik -  - New White Paper – Rubrik and VMware Virtual SAN

New White Paper – Rubrik and VMware Virtual SAN

One common thread among all application requirements is the need for reliable, performant storage. Today, that comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes – from legacy, dual-controller arrays to software defined storage using distributed, scale-out architectures. All of the choice can be a tad daunting at times, especially when you consider the criticality of workloads that will be writing and reading their data. At Rubrik, we see a vast number of different storage solutions in production for our customer workloads. One of the first questions that crop up is around compatibility – can we provide data protection services for their VMware virtual machines? The simple answer is: sure! As I’ve rambled on about before, abstraction by way of vSphere APIs for Data Protection (VADP) allows our Converged Data Management fabric to largely ignore the underlying storage technology being used to provide data services to an application. While not all of them are fashioned in the same way, specific nuances are handled by the hypervisor directly. But it’s one thing to say that two technologies work together and quite another thing entirely to prove it out. My many years as an engineer and architect have taught me to “trust,…
Rubrik -  - Top 3 Reasons to Attend Looking AHEAD Tech Summit 2016

Top 3 Reasons to Attend Looking AHEAD Tech Summit 2016

Among the myriad of various vendor and technology focused conferences, a few really set themselves apart for their dedication to thought leadership and exploration of today’s answers to tomorrow’s problems. One of them is run by a consulting firm named AHEAD, located in the iconic Chicago Loop, a place that I was fortunate enough to be part of for many years as a solutions architect and engineer. The Looking AHEAD Tech Summit, held on 23rd June of 2016, is a different sort of gathering of the minds because it blends folks from successful large enterprises like Amazon and Nutanix with its own mixture of extremely skilled and seasoned architects and principal consultants. I thought it’d be handy to highlight my top three reasons to attend this year’s Looking AHEAD Tech Summit from my own perspective. Without any further ado, here they are: Top 3 Reasons to Attend Looking AHEAD Tech Summit Dan Lyons, Writer and Producer of Silicon Valley For those whom are fans of the hit show Silicon Valley, the morning keynote should be especially noteworthy. Dan Lyons, who is a writer and producer for the show, is presenting a talk entitled How to Completely, Totally, Absolutely Screw Up…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Heads to .NEXT

Rubrik Heads to .NEXT

Angelo Luciani from Nutanix sat down with Rolland Miller to chat about the upcoming Nutanix .NEXT conference in Las Vegas during June 20-22. Here are the highlights.  What IT challenges are your customers facing? In the last decade, backup and recovery has suffered from a lack of innovation, resulting in widespread customer pain. Our customers often cite that while solutions have evolved over time, the improvements resemble bolt-ons to a dated architecture. Backup windows are shrinking as data continues to grow exponentially, leading to failed backups. Tape continues its torturous reign over backup admins. Finally, the amount of money to maintain a legacy backup and disaster recovery infrastructure results in a ridiculously high total cost of ownership (TCO). Backup sucks. That’s why we’re making backup sexy again by introducing simplicity and management ease in a plug-and-play 2U appliance. What are some of the technologies you plan on showcasing at .NEXT? We will be showcasing how next-gen backup and recovery works. Our Converged Data Management appliances (which we affectionately call Briks) collapse backup software, catalog management, replication, and deduplicated storage into a single appliance that scales linearly. Our Briks eliminate backup jobs and deliver dead simple policy-based management for automated backup, site-to-site replication, data…
Rubrik -  - Announcing the New Rubrik Master Technical Certification

Announcing the New Rubrik Master Technical Certification

The past week was a whirlwind for the team here at Rubrik. We’ve toured through Europe to chat with press (New Statesman Tech, Compare the Cloud, etc.), distributors, partners, and customers (such as Totaljobs Group Ltd) as part of our official EMEA launch event. The energy and excitement for Rubrik is palpable – alleviating the pain of legacy architecture and helping businesses embrace the next generation of converged data management to solve concrete problems that plague companies today.As Rubrik enters more data As Rubrik enters more data centers across the globe, we felt the need to further empower our channel partners’ engineers from a technical perspective. While it’s certainly true that our solution is incredibly simple to deploy, consume, and scale (because of all the smarts baked into the fabric), engineers always want to pull back the covers and understand how any solution works at a deeper level. We agree. Knowledge is an asset when doing data center design against the functional design concepts – requirements, constraints, and assumptions – that are used to craft meaningful IT. And so, I’d like to introduce the world to the Rubrik Master (RM) Certification program. Rubrik Master is a project that my team…
Rubrik -  - Welcoming Karl Driesen, Head of Sales, EMEA, to the Rubrik Family

Welcoming Karl Driesen, Head of Sales, EMEA, to the Rubrik Family

We are excited to announce Karl Driesen as our new Head of Sales, EMEA. Karl Driesen is responsible for overseeing our strategic direction and growth across EMEA. Karl brings more than 20 years of industry experience in building and leading regional sales team and businesses. Prior to Rubrik, he has been instrumental in growing startups from early stage to IPO. As the former Vice President, EMEA of Palo Alto Networks, he built a team of more than 200 members and a business of over $200M in annual booking run rate in five years. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Karl was the Vice President, EMEA at Infoblox where he grew the business from scratch to over $40M in annual bookings run rate in four years. Most recently, he started the EMEA business as the Vice President of Elastica (acquired by Blue Coat Systems). During our launch event this week, we sat down with Karl to discuss his perspective on expansion strategies for EMEA and qualities of successful companies. Q: In your career, you have acted as a “growth detector.” What do you look for when you are expanding a company into a new market? A: Before investing resources and time in…
Rubrik -  - Just Backup and Chill with a No More Flaky Backups Kit

Just Backup and Chill with a No More Flaky Backups Kit

Next-generation solutions are cutting a wide swath through the modern data center because they fundamentally pivot how we think about and execute upon technology. At Rubrik, we’ve set pinpoint focus on making the world of data protection – backup and restores, disaster recovery, and searchable archives – as simple and intuitive as possible. This means abandoning the legacy architecture approaches that only bring incremental improvements to the table, and instead creating a new, ground-up solution that encompasses a scale-out design, convergence between software and hardware, and a breathtaking user experience. Quite simply, you deserve a platform that has abstracted away all of the imperative muck that surrounds typical backup jobs. If your data protection platform is designed to be intelligent, it can be fed declarative statements into a policy engine and do the remaining work on your behalf. This is how Rubrik operates, and it paves the way for bringing performance, testability, and reliability to your end-to-end protection plans. In the spirit of creating something fun to demonstrate this point, the team has created a video entitled Just Backup and Chill to showcase the frustrations encountered with legacy backup infrastructure. If this strikes a chord with you, share the link with a…
Rubrik -  - Score Sweet Swag at the vBrownBag End-Of-Year Community Giveaway

Score Sweet Swag at the vBrownBag End-Of-Year Community Giveaway

Heads up! The fine folks over at vBrownBag, an excellent long-running resource for community education and collaboration, are running their annual End-Of-Year Community Give Away. The 2015 edition is raising the bar with a lot of snazzy swag for you to score. And guess what? I’ve tossed in five sets of additional goodies on behalf of Rubrik! Here’s what you can take home: Signed copies of Networking for VMware Administrators, with royalties being donated to the Alzheimer’s Association charity! LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon building kits. Sound interesting? Head on over to the vBrownBag End-Of-Year Community Give Away page and register by no later than December 16th, 2015. Best of luck!
Rubrik -  - It’s Official: Rubrik is VMware Ready!

It’s Official: Rubrik is VMware Ready!

We all enjoy adding new, innovative technology solutions to our data centers to increase productivity, solve difficult challenges, and gain a competitive edge in the market. However, this often requires a bit of a balancing act against the risk of making changes to the status quo – both in terms of the technology used and assuaging stakeholders that financially critical workloads will continue to function. In the case of Rubrik’s Converged Data Management solution, the r300 Series Hybrid Cloud Appliance, adoption has been spectacular and customers have shared some really snazzy feedback on how their operations and work-life balance has improved. We sweep away a very large set of the complexity surrounding data protection, disaster recovery, and workload restores, allowing IT professionals to innovate their skill sets and processes. The large number of customer testimonials we feature certainly help back up our claims, but there’s still more we can do! Today, I’m really excited to share that we’re making data center adoption of Rubrik’s flagship product line even easier with the announcement of our VMware Ready endorsement. This is VMware’s highest level of endorsement and requires passing a grueling battery of testing and standards requirements, proving that we’re fully invested in…

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