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Rubrik -  - The Myth of Boring Backup

The Myth of Boring Backup

Am I crazy for thinking backup is exciting? Prior to joining Rubrik, I was a Gartner analyst for 20+ years and spent the majority of my time there covering primary storage and backup and recovery. As a storage analyst, I saw the consistently high client inquiry volumes on backup and recovery and decided to switch my coverage to this area. Some of my colleagues shook their heads and couldn’t understand why I wanted to cover a technology area that was so “boring.” To me, backup is not boring; it’s the biggest pain point in the entire data center infrastructure! It has often become a huge burden that slows down an organization’s quest for agility. As I studied the market and technologies, I realized that the pain was caused by too little innovation. All the major enterprise backup solutions only had incremental improvements in the past 20 years and couldn’t meet the new backup and recovery performance requirements. As a result of relentless data growth, backup windows have become longer and longer, while recovery is too slow to meet the requirement of new digital initiatives and changing expectations. Today, backup has become one of the most exciting fields because it’s experiencing…
Rubrik -  - Welcome to Polaris: Courtesy of Slack and Serverless Compute

Welcome to Polaris: Courtesy of Slack and Serverless Compute

At Rubrik, one of the “good problems” we have is massive hyper-growth across teams, which means we have to find easy, scalable ways to communicate to each other. This was put to the test with our launch of the Polaris SaaS platform earlier this year, which led to the Sales Engineer team getting multiple “can I get access to the Polaris demo account?” requests every week. In order to create the new accounts, I simply log into Polaris and select the Invite Users link, and then a welcome email that includes all relevant login information would be sent to the team member requesting access. Even though the invite process was just a few clicks, as someone focused on all things DevOps and automation at Rubrik, a small part of me would shudder every time I had to manually repeat the invite process. That was until Chris Wahl decided to throw down the gauntlet. As a self-confessed Slack (our communication tool of choice) addict, I was immediately intrigued and got to work. I soon had a proof-of-concept Python script up and running that automated the new user invite process. But now what? How could I turn that basic script into a…
Rubrik -  - Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Google Cloud Storage

Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Google Cloud Storage

With the rise of ransomware attacks and other security threats, data encryption is mission-critical for any company’s security strategy. The risk of improperly encrypting data is especially amplified in the cloud era, when sensitive data is stored outside of customer data centers and in public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. While these providers offer a number of tools to help customer encrypt data before it is stored, these tools can be complex and difficult to use. Addressing the top enterprise pain points is what Rubrik was founded on, and security has been core to its platform since day one. This includes end-to-end encryption, both in transit and at rest, which we extend to our integration with public cloud providers. The Rubrik approach simplifies how data encryption is implemented and masks complexity from users. Rubrik has a wide breadth of cloud capabilities, from simple archival to DR and test/dev. Many customers leverage our CloudOut capability for archival of their backup data in public cloud providers, often as a replacement for tape. This approach is typically more cost effective and more reliable, and offers better response times in the event that data restoration is required.…
Rubrik -  - How to Beef Up Your Backup-as-a-Service

How to Beef Up Your Backup-as-a-Service

There is one constant in the world of IT, and that is the word “change.” Today, change often refers to the rise of cloud adoption. One of the biggest impacts of cloud is its role in thrusting traditional data centers into more modern OPEX-driven data centers optimized for as-a-Service (aaS) models. For many organizations, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) has become a critical consumption model since it bridges the gap between protecting data on-premises and in the cloud. BaaS has proven especially valuable in the midst of arduous IT departments struggling to protect the goldmine of data buried in their storage troves. BaaS is a useful tool for organizations to procure backup and recovery services from their storage troves in a fast, flexible, and agile way while delivering cost savings. Although not a new consumption model, Backup-as-a-Service has gained popularity as large enterprises and MSPs continue to search for new ways to enhance their backup infrastructure and portfolio of self-service offerings. Many service providers still struggle in their search for a flexible solution that allows tenants to manage SLA policies and self-service recovery in a secure, isolated network. Look no further as Rubrik Envoy, in addition to vCloud Director (vCD), simplifies and accelerates…
Rubrik -  - Your Primer to AWS EC2 Protection

Your Primer to AWS EC2 Protection

Are you on the cloud-native train? Nowadays, it seems everyone is building new stateless cloud-native applications or refactoring their old “jalopies” to become container-based, microservice-architected, cloud-native “Teslas.” However, that isn’t the reality when you speak with most users. Many are still hesitant to run production workloads in the cloud because they are not sure if their data will be protected and managed. Even current cloud users have concerns about the challenges of protecting their stateful data. Earlier this month, we announced Rubrik Alta 4.2, which extended our enterprise hybrid cloud data management capabilities. Based on customer demand, we’ve made simplifying the protection of cloud workloads a key component of our platform, beginning with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instance protection. Protecting EC2 instances centers on efficiently managing EBS snapshots and Amazon Machine Images. We’ll dive into how Rubrik simplifies AWS EC2 protection in a follow-up blog post. But first, we need to level-set our understanding of related AWS technologies and the possibilities and challenges they present.  Let’s begin with the different storage types that an EC2 instance uses. What is an EC2 Instance Store? An instance store is temporary or ephemeral block storage for EC2 instances. It’s a logical volume…
Rubrik -  - Modern Development: Impossible Without Automation

Modern Development: Impossible Without Automation

The normal release cycle for Rubrik Cloud Data Management (CDM) is quarterly — fast releases drive manual testing efforts through the roof. But any step in a process requiring human input has the potential to become a roadblock delays or kills productivity. To the extent possible, everything should be automated—and that includes testing. Automate the critical parts step by step, and you’ll be ready for continuous deployment. At Rubrik, we automate as much of our testing as possible. As with any software company, it is important that we thoroughly test our product before releasing it out into the wild world of our customers’ data centers. Factoring in a quarterly release cycle —  that’s not much time for development, QA, and testing. Test automation allows Rubrik to quickly and thoroughly test while maintaining more consistency. Time is freed up to work on new test cases or to debug failures while repetitive, automated testing continues. We have found that intelligent test automation provides the following benefits: Consistent test environment by removing the human element Increased productivity and time savings Fast response to changing business demands Speedier release cycle by validating builds quicker Improved customer experience The move to agile has led many…
Rubrik -  - Aligning Your Data Protection Strategy with GDPR

Aligning Your Data Protection Strategy with GDPR

I’m the opposite of a PR person. As a Data Protection Officer, my job is to keep people out of the press. And as Data Protection laws continue to tighten with the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that job is getting a lot harder. One of the biggest brainteasers that companies are battling with inside their GDPR project is what to do with backups. GDPR requires a full understanding of the data you hold whilst balancing the need to keep data secure and, at the same time, respecting the right to erasure and proactive deletion. The first challenge here is actually knowing what data you have. You can’t protect it if you don’t have a clue where it is. Traditionally, backups have been a real pain for this since once the data is locked away inside a tape, it becomes incredibly difficult in the future to know what was in there. This is still the case in many non-physical backup systems in which you have a whole system snapshot but no way to interrogate what lies within. The simple answer to this conundrum is just stop. Stop making the problem harder for yourself, stop locking data away…
Rubrik -  - Universal Filesets: The Best Way to Protect Large Workloads

Universal Filesets: The Best Way to Protect Large Workloads

As data continues to grow, supporting millions of files or more creates an increasing strain on backup and recovery environments. Traditional methods of backing up large data volumes can frequently consume precious server CPU and memory to the point of degraded application performance. At the point where application owners or internal customers cannot complete critical business tasks due to performance degradation, the data protection process can cause a negative financial impact. For example, a periodic traditional full backup may run for several hours, even during your entire production window, unable to capture a few critical files out of millions on your system. You may only need to recover a single file; the traditional backup application may not have protected it due to the inefficiencies of playing catch up from traversing large datasets. Rubrik filesets deliver flexibility yet simplicity by empowering backup administrators with the granular ability to create logical sets of files and folders to include or exclude from protection. Whether you are maintaining Windows / Linux hosts or NAS shares, Rubrik filesets provide a simple and effective method to protect and recover at scale. Rubrik’s focus on incremental-forever plus universal fileset technology offers granular control, allowing a subset of…
Rubrik -  - GDPR: Beyond the Hype

GDPR: Beyond the Hype

Much ink has been spilled in the run-up to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its potential impact on businesses all around the globe. With the deadline for compliance nearing, it’s important to take stock of where you, as an organisation, are on your journey to GDPR readiness and understand what steps are needed to safeguard yourself from possible negative impacts after May 25th, 2018. While the implementation date is set, it’s widely agreed that many aspects of GDPR and its implications have yet to be fully determined; even the European Commission recognizes this. While the new regulation provides a single set of rules directly applicable to all EU member states, there is still a great deal of enablement work to be done at the country-level. The Commission is dedicating EUR 1.7 million to fund data protection authorities and train data protection professionals. A further EUR 2 million is available to support national authorities in reaching out to businesses, in particular small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Who is off the hook? Talking about SMEs…some people have stated that companies with fewer than 250 employees do not need to comply. While it is true that some obligations don’t apply to…