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Rubrik -  - World Vision Adopts Next-Gen Data Management with Rubrik

World Vision Adopts Next-Gen Data Management with Rubrik

Nathan Sielaff, system engineer at World Vision, is responsible for backup, storage, and beyond. He strives to create a flexible and agile IT environment, so the organization doesn’t need to worry about underlying infrastructure and can focus its efforts on its mission. Tell us about World Vision and the organization’s mission. At World Vision we believe in a full solution to poverty and injustice. We provide emergency assistance to children and families affected by disasters and conflict, partner with communities for long-term solutions to alleviate poverty, and advocate for justice on behalf of the poor.  This is a complex problem, and requires a true community effort to create an impact.  We bring sponsors and donors together with children and communities in nearly 100 countries. As responders in the face of world disasters, we have to ensure we are agile and able to connect people at any time. Our areas of impact range across clean water, child protection, disaster relief, economic development, education, food and agriculture, health, domestic empowerment, faith, and gender equality. How does your group support the organization in its mission? We strive to provide a stable IT infrastructure to fully support our organization when disasters strike around the…
Rubrik -  - Evaluating Rubrik From an End User’s Perspective

Evaluating Rubrik From an End User’s Perspective

Lee Merrill, a Senior Technical Support Engineer at Rubrik, was formerly a customer of Rubrik. In this blog post, Lee shares his experience and what he learned while evaluating Rubrik from an end user’s perspective. How did you hear about Rubrik when you were a customer? I had an excellent experience as a Rubrik customer. We had some pretty significant pain points with backup and had been mainly looking at storage to ease our pain. Disk space was our major issue with backups, so we had to remove backups to keep things going. This was a constant pain and consumed a lot of time. A vendor of ours had heard about “this product” that we should check out. He thought it would solve our backup issues. Afterwards, we had our hands on our first Brik. Describe your experience when installing Rubrik A memory I have with Rubrik is setting it up with Eric. After we ingested one small 50GB VM, I thought we should put our file servers to the test.  Thus, 4-5TB VMs were next. At first, these had a couple issue with ingestion, but some of it was due to us only having 1GB nics. Support and engineering was…
Rubrik -  - Next-Gen Backup at Wabash National, North America’s Leading Semi-Trailer Producer

Next-Gen Backup at Wabash National, North America’s Leading Semi-Trailer Producer

This week, I chat with Steve Bunch, Server and Storage Manager at Wabash National, on how next-gen backup helps Wabash in its quest to keep America’s leading fleets operating efficiently. Tell me about your role at Wabash and how you landed there.   I’ve been working at Wabash for 12 years, right out of college. I started answering phones with the Tier 1 support team, worked my way up the chain, and left to get some server, backup, and virtualization experience. I received a call from Wabash with an offer to re-join as a server admin. The company was  starting to diversify and acquisitions were a part of the strategy, which meant plenty of help was needed to standardize data center environments. The team grew from 3 to 14 people, and I was promoted to Server/Storage Manager, handling everything from servers, storage, virtualization, and business critical applications. What type of backup challenges were you experiencing? Our company is active in M&A activity, which means we acquire lots of different data centers and IT stacks. It wasn’t until I brought in a backup administrator to streamline our multiple backup solutions and firmware upgrade process that I realized how challenging backup was!…
Rubrik -  - Langs Building Supplies Stops Ransomware Attack in its Tracks

Langs Building Supplies Stops Ransomware Attack in its Tracks

A ransomware attack prevented by a reliable, next-gen backup solution Langs Building Supplies, a leading supplier of timber products in South Queensland, Australia, was recently hit by a ransomware attack. Due to its effective backup infrastructure, the company was able to thwart the threat and restore its data without paying a ransom. Ransomware is a special type of malware that encrypts victims’ data and prevents them from accessing it until a ransom is paid. In a previous post, our security lead David Ramos explained the rising threat of ransomware and strategies for prevention. As Ramos stated, “With an effective backup solution, ransomware can ideally be reduced to a minor inconvenience.” This was certainly true for Langs Building Supplies. We sat down with Matthew Day, ICT and Support Manager at Langs Building Supplies, to discuss his experience defending against a ransomware attack. Q: How were you able to identify a ransomware attack had occurred? A: We have monitoring tools in place to send alerts when there are high change rates in the data structure. An alert was triggered, and we were able to shut down the affected VDI desktop within minutes. Because we could stop the attack mid-stream, we were able…
Rubrik -  - TotalJobs Group Ltd. Embraces Backup Simplicity with Rubrik

TotalJobs Group Ltd. Embraces Backup Simplicity with Rubrik

What happens when one of UK’s leading job boards decides to modernize its outdated backup solution? It teams up with Rubrik. Totaljobs Group Ltd is the UK’s largest and fastest-growing online recruitment company, comprising 190,000 jobs across six job boards. Each month, 7 million jobseekers generate 3.3 million applications on Totaljobs. After struggling with various backup solutions implemented across multiple groups within the company, Totaljobs kicked off a search for a modern backup solution that could simplify daily management and easily scale with a fast-growing business. Holger Sell, Corporate IT Services Manager at TJG outlines their decision process for selecting Rubrik. Struggling Under the Legacy Approach “We had outgrown our current backup solution and wanted to move to a solution that was more modern, able to scale with us, and take up less of our time to manage. We used to deal with failed backups and very poor customer service when we needed to recover any data. In addition, having tape as an archive method meant recovery was extra slow and painful.”“We have virtualised 100% of our infrastructure and our previous solution showed its age. I looked at several known products including those known as market leaders for VM backups,…
Rubrik -  - Cloud is the New Tape

Cloud is the New Tape

A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to Terry Young, the man behind the scenes that keeps infrastructure running at Castilleja School. We met in November to discuss how Castilleja used Rubrik to solve recovery challenges and re-purpose backup data for testing. This time, our conversation focused on how Castilleja has been using Rubrik to archive data to AWS S3. As a result, Terry has wiped out tape management complexity and created a disaster recovery insurance plan for Castilleja. Mapping Business Objectives to Cloud Services In order to smoothly transition to public cloud, Terry segmented workloads by size, criticality of data, and recovery time objectives. RTOs differ when you’re recovering 4TB from the Brik vs. from the cloud. In addition, Terry defined a new retention policy – everything was kept on-premises for 3 days and anything beyond 3-5 days was archived to the cloud. Archiving starts at midnight to 6 am to not coincide with business hours. Significant Time Savings from Easy Recoveries As Chris mentioned in Part 1, the challenge of public cloud is ensuring that data can be pulled down into an on-premises location without breaking the bank and recovery time/point objectives. This is where Rubrik works…
Rubrik -  - Leeward Business Advisors Drives Competitive Advantage with Rubrik

Leeward Business Advisors Drives Competitive Advantage with Rubrik

Jason Klein, CTO at Leeward Business Advisors, spends his time hunting for the latest disruptive enterprise technology to transform business outcomes. An IT architect trained in economics, he’s racked up almost two decades of enterprise tech experience. Tell me about Leeward Business Advisors and how it differentiates from other service providers? We’re a Midwest managed service provider that delivers CTO/CIO-level consulting services for all types of organizations, from non-profits with 5-10 users to departments within large, Fortune 100 customers.  We take a business-centric approach that focuses on aligning business leadership with technology leadership. We accomplish this by engaging C-level executives to help prioritize business initiatives and outcomes that can be translated to the technology teams. We then offer services that accelerate those outcomes. How were you solving the data protection challenge prior to Rubrik? Our previous vendor didn’t provide us with any competitive advantage. The product works fine but didn’t fit into our overall service provider approach. We were looking for webscale solutions that could deliver linear scalability and mitigate single points of failure. We ended up hitting some performance and scalability issues with our previous solution. I’ve seen customers switch from X to Y to Z, trying to find…
Rubrik -  - ExponentHR Goes Forward with a Simpler, Easier DR Strategy

ExponentHR Goes Forward with a Simpler, Easier DR Strategy

Misha Vyazmensky, CTO, and Chris Gurley, Sr. Network Engineer, explain how Rubrik helped ExponentHR move forward in its DR strategy. What does ExponentHR do? Misha: Since 2001, we’ve been a leading human resource information systems SaaS platform. We help businesses (100 to 10,000+ employees) drive smarter decision-making, from running payroll to accessing vast amounts of data for financial analysis to managing employee benefit plans in light of recent legislative changes like ObamaCare. Why were you investigating a new solution for backup and replication? Misha: We have a team of 4 employees. We’re a small group supporting an enterprise-level business so we place a high emphasis on technologies that deliver simplicity and ease of management. Chris: Before, we were using a virtualization-centric backup solution that had replication capabilities to deliver off-site availability. When it worked, it was fine. When it didn’t work, it was rocket science to root cause the issue. Restores were also click-intensive and time consuming – it took a hundred clicks and 30 minutes to start restore for just 50 VMs. Why Rubrik? Chris: We were two days away from signing paperwork to expand our existing backup system when I saw Duncan Epping’s post on Rubrik. We had…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Helps RFA Deliver Archival-as-a-Service

Rubrik Helps RFA Deliver Archival-as-a-Service

Grigoriy Milis is the CTO at RFA (Richard Fleischman & Associates) and a 16-year IT veteran with more than 15 years of experience working in the financial industry. What differentiates RFA from other Managed Service Providers? We specialize in providing global data center services to the financial services industry, such as hedge funds and private equity funds. RFA is headquartered in New York City but we operate in New York, Connecticut, Boston, and London. We do a substantial amount of research in the market to stay on top of the latest technology trends that can help our clients. We’ve established a good track record of partnering up with startup companies to help them shape their product roadmap early on. Many of these companies have now become major players in IT markets like security. What drove the initial interest in Rubrik? We actually were very skeptical of evaluating a backup solution given the maturity of the backup market. Backup is an old problem and existing solutions, from decades ago and more recently, are pretty similar across the board. What caught my attention was Rubrik’s public cloud archival capabilities combined with global deduplication. It’s a huge differentiator for Rubrik since everybody integrates…

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