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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…
Rubrik -  - Learning Uptime at Castilleja with Rubrik

Learning Uptime at Castilleja with Rubrik

Terry Young, Senior Network and Systems Administrator, talks about using Rubrik to overcome the hidden costs in other backup software and easing into cloud services for long-term data retention. Tell me about your role at Castilleja. I’m the Sr. Network and Systems Administrator at Castilleja, and am responsible for anything technology-related to infrastructure. Network, servers, storage, backup. I previously worked down the street at Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). What challenges have you faced working in academia? What I’ve found challenging with IT environments in academia is the lack of a holistic approach in building out the environment to address the needs. Solutions are tacked on over time without a general framework in mind, resulting in a hodgepodge configuration. At Castilleja, after experiencing two application outages, we started looking for a separate, easy to use, single backup solution stack that has the ability to restore and run on its own stack (without re-hydrating on primary storage and loss of performance), support multi-purpose use cases beyond recovery such as staging and test/dev, and be cost-effective. Prior to Rubrik, our backup software required re-hydration on the primary storage due to performance issues. I had to reserve x-amount of space on our…
Rubrik -  - rediCloud Delivers Flexible Service Provider Offerings with Rubrik

rediCloud Delivers Flexible Service Provider Offerings with Rubrik

Scott Mayers, Director of Data Center and Cloud Technologies, discusses why he switched to Rubrik to power rediCloud’s backup-as-a-service offering. What’s the story behind ATSG and rediCloud? rediCloud, a division of ATSG, is a suite of cloud solutions that bring ultimate flexibility and simplicity to the traditional cloud model. We provide turnkey VM and infrastructure services, virtual desktops, disaster recovery, backup, object storage, and hosted voice. These services can be consumed in piecemeal or in conjunction and can be hosted in our datacenters or placed as a pod on-premises.rediCloud’s mission is to democratize access to leading-edge technologies that can be easily deployed on- or off-prem at prices affordable for organizations with 100 to 4,000+ users across all verticals (HIPAA and PCI compliant). rediCloud’s mission is to democratize access to leading-edge technologies that can be easily deployed on- or off-prem at prices affordable for organizations with 100 to 4,000+ users across all verticals (HIPAA and PCI compliant). What led you to Rubrik? rediBackup is our Backup-as-a-Service offering in the making. We had selected a backup software vendor, one which is fairly common in the managed service provider space and which our engineering team was fairly acquainted with already. However, we recognized…
Rubrik -  - “Strawberry Fields Forever” with Rubrik

“Strawberry Fields Forever” with Rubrik

Nathan Bach, Senior Systems Engineer, and Jose Ambrosio, Systems Engineer, explain how Rubrik helped Driscoll’s overcome recovery challenges stemming from array-based snapshots. Tell me about yourself and role. How did you get here? Nate: Prior to Driscoll’s, I was a solution architect at a tech reseller helping SMB to enterprise customers implement solutions from VMware and HP. Driscoll’s was actually one of my customers. Driscoll’s gave me an opportunity to come in and start implementing virtualization. Today, we’re 95% virtualized. Jose: I started out picking blackberries in the field as a teen, and was invited to work for Driscoll’s. I interned in different functions—quality, research, IT. I went back to school with the purpose of coming back to Driscoll’s as a systems administrator. Why were you investigating new backup solutions? Nate: Array-based snapshots was our backup strategy. Our primary storage vendor’s vision was to buy more arrays, mirror and replicate to more storage arrays. Doing so became expensive since backups quickly consumed our production capacity, and this limited our retention policies. We ran the risk of having our backups located in the same site as our primary storage. Managing this was incredibly difficult given the lack of file granularity. Locating…
Rubrik -  - How Red Hawk Eliminated Tape for Good

How Red Hawk Eliminated Tape for Good

Jake Warren, Systems Administrator at Red Hawk Casino, shares how he finally eliminated tape and started using public cloud (Amazon Web Services) as a cost-effective long-term data retention resource with Rubrik. What led you to Red Hawk? I’ve been building computers and networks since I was in high school so working in IT was a natural career choice. I honed my IT chops working as a desktop technician for a medical company during my college years and then worked my way up over the next 20 years from being a network admin to designing and implementing new technologies at casinos. When Red Hawk opened its doors in 2008, I left home (Michigan) to help build the IT environment and team from scratch at the Northern California-based casino. What makes running IT at a casino unique? Like most places today, IT is chartered with keeping the business running 24/7. Within a casino, that means ensuring guests can play slots, poker, whatever they want at any time they want. A casino environment is unique since there is a significantly larger number and greater variety of systems that each admin needs to manage. At Red Hawk, we have two sys admins managing close…
Rubrik -  - Building a Managed Service Business with Rubrik

Building a Managed Service Business with Rubrik

Mike Leone, Sr. Network Engineer at Protected Trust, talks about building a reliable, secure managed service business with Rubrik (and the single bane of his existence). Tell me about what you do at Protected Trust. I’ve been at Protected Trust for the last 6 years. As a network engineer and system architect, I wear multiple hats, dealing with networks, servers, and systems. Protected Trust started out as an Exchange hosting company for high-security level clients and over the years has evolved into a full-service managed services shop (simple email encryption, Exchange hosting, secure cloud, and disaster recovery). Our job is to not only make IT easy for our users, but also make IT secure. Our clients don’t need to see the data center unless they want to. What led you to Rubrik? Protected Trust offers backups as part of its DR-as-a-Service offering. It’s been a challenge trying to find an effective solution to execute on our vision of protecting the full data lifecycle in a secure and reliable fashion. After data creation by our clients, it’s our job to process, archive, and dispose of it properly. We’ve tried multiple backup solutions and found them to be fairly complicated. As you…
Rubrik -  - The Future is Inside This Box

The Future is Inside This Box

Searching for files in seconds, validating backup jobs, and more importantly, taking vacation. Jaime Huizar, Senior Architect at Power Integrations, talks about the benefits of adopting Rubrik early on. How did you become an Infrastructure Architect? I’ve always loved technology and tinkering with things. As a kid, I was fascinated by computers – taking them apart, putting them back together. Working in IT was a natural path to do what I love: test-driving and using the latest technologies. I’ve been in the business for 20 years. What does Power Integrations do? We’re a semiconductor manufacturing company that specializes in conversion from AC to DC, and vice versa. We can be found anywhere from a cell phone charger to a locomotive to a windmill. Tell me more about how your team supports Power Integrations? Our charter is to keep operations running 24/7 around the world. Any PI (Power Integrations) employee needs to be able to access information any time of the day globally. For us, that means keeping a pulse on the latest technology trends. For example, we were an early adopter of virtualization and started using VMware in 2007. Any technology that can give our business a competitive advantage and…

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