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Rubrik -  - 3 Cloud Data Management Trends to Watch in 2018

3 Cloud Data Management Trends to Watch in 2018

Enterprises across verticals are undergoing a digital transformation. They must now operate in the “always on” economy and execute instant service delivery to meet modern consumer demands. This shift requires an infrastructure that supports 24/7 application availability in both data center and cloud, while also ensuring data is protected and compliant. As data management becomes increasingly crucial to meet business goals, companies are exploring new solutions to streamline and automate their processes. Here are the top trends you can expect to see in 2018: 1. AI-Powered Data Management Leveraging machine learning for data protection and analysis provides valuable business opportunities, but enterprises have barely scratched the surface. According to Gartner, AI will be a major digital driver for reinventing both business models and the customer experience through 2025. One application of ML that many companies are expected to explore relates to event-driven IT. This model involves constantly sensing and responding to business events, which could be anything from a completed transaction to threat detection. As companies prepare for intelligent applications and analysis, they will seek solutions that can centralize data management across all their environments. 2. Accelerated Cloud Adoption While cloud computing isn’t new to the enterprise lexicon, it is…
Rubrik -  - Live Mount: Never Wait for a Restore Again!

Live Mount: Never Wait for a Restore Again!

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Rubrik, you probably have seen the term Live Mount a lot. So, what exactly is Live Mount? And why is it such a big deal? Live Mount describes the process of restoring a full VM from a backup – in a matter of seconds. Rubrik created Live Mount to satisfy lower RTOs while simultaneously lowering the total cost of ownership. If you need to get your data and application back up and running, but your business cannot withstand waiting for a restore, Live Mount is for you. To fully understand how this works, let’s first explore what a restore is by comparing a well-known backup and restore workflow. Suppose a backup job takes you 1 hour to perform. However, your data gets corrupted and you need to restore. With legacy solutions, a restore could take hours to complete. And every minute that passes with your data down is a financial loss for your business. In a traditional IT shop, the workaround for faster recovery is investing significantly in tools to speed up your backup windows and deploying replication technologies. These costs quickly accrue for a business. Rubrik’s Live Mount capability resolves this issue…
Rubrik -  - How to Avoid Ransomware Jail

How to Avoid Ransomware Jail

It’s 1983, and Ronald Reagan is sitting down to watch the hit film War Games. Five days later, the president asked his secretaries of state, “Could a scenario like war games ever happen?” One week later, General Vessey returned with the answer: “Mr. President, it is a lot worse than you think.” Was this the first time that cyber security and privacy had surfaced in computer systems? Categorically, no. Security and Privacy in Computer systems 1967 by Willis Ware was the first paper on the topic — written in 1967. So, since the beginning of networked computing, cyber security, and privacy have been a factor. So, why is it suddenly a huge industry buzzword? My thoughts on this are twofold: Across governments, the use and ideas of cyber warfare were dismissed, ignored, or forgotten. But in 2007, the Aurora test categorically proved that cyber attackers could inflict physical damage using computer tools. This was a pivotal moment, as critical infrastructure was at risk. Cybercrime then shifted to the public sphere with cyber groups lining their sights on non-government attacks, such as online fraud, ransomware, malware, and phishing. The role that security and privacy now play in IT and our personal lives…
Rubrik -  - Getting Strategic with Copy Data Management

Getting Strategic with Copy Data Management

Copy data management (CDM) is a term that we hear a lot in the industry. Yet, many of us don’t have a clear idea of what it really means. In this blog, I’ll walk you through what copy data management is and what makes Rubrik a strategic tool for it. The amount of data collected and processed by businesses has grown exponentially. Adding to this increase, a recent study performed by IDC cites the average number of copies per piece of data is 13. As you can imagine, this growth of data and copy data uses up storage space and can hinder performance. In fact, IDC estimated that 60% of storage is provisioned to store copy data – even with deduplication. This tells us that IT organizations need a reliable and scalable approach to managing copy data. An effective copy data management solution creates space efficiency and easily unlocks copy data use cases — such as test/dev, backup and recovery, and replication — across your entire infrastructure. So, let’s get a little closer to home. At a recent user group event, I had the opportunity to speak to a room of IT professionals and ask them a few questions: How…
Rubrik -  - Get Your “VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive” eBook!

Get Your “VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive” eBook!

With an average 4.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort’s latest book, VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive, certainly lives up to the expectation. The book covers four main topics: CPU, Memory, Storage, and Networking. The in-depth read can only be described as a serious deep dive for people who seriously want to understand what is going on under the covers of their VMware environment. I don’t think I have ever seen topics like NUMA or NIC drivers explained at this level of depth. If you ask me, it is fair to say that Frank and Niels redefined the term “deep dive.”  – Duncan Epping, VMware Chief Technologist and previous co-author with Frank on the Clustering Deepdive series. As Frank and Niels describe it: The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts. A book that people can’t put down. Written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources. This book shows that we can fundamentally and materially improve the systems we’re building. We can make the…
Rubrik -  - Top 4 Features to Look for in a GDPR Solution

Top 4 Features to Look for in a GDPR Solution

Changes to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, 2018. For those unfamiliar, the law grants European citizens comprehensive rights over personal data that organizations store and process. GDPR places additional burden on the companies, and those that fail to comply face hefty fines. The deadline is fast approaching, yet many companies have not started preparing. While no single solution can ensure compliance, here are four key components to keep in mind as you evaluate solutions: 1. Unified Management Companies often hold personal data on customers, employees, vendors, contractors, and other entities. This data can be spread across a variety of sources like VMs, databases, files, and Exchange Mailboxes. Unfortunately, this fragmented infrastructure makes managing and protecting workloads a major challenge. In addition to being tedious, a patchwork of point solutions can complicate GDPR compliance. Using a single comprehensive solution enables users to define and enforce a data management policy across their entire infrastructure. With Rubrik, one platform supports all common data management scenarios (backup, disaster recovery, archival, etc.) and protects a wide variety of workloads like VMs, physical servers, databases, NAS Shares, and public cloud. This broad and fast-growing support matrix helps organizations enforce their…
Rubrik -  - Automatically Provision Self-service Data Management In Your Cloud with Rubrik and SovLabs

Automatically Provision Self-service Data Management In Your Cloud with Rubrik and SovLabs

Rubrik puts simplicity at the forefront. The easy-to-use GUI is a Rubrik hallmark feature making available quick data protection, instant recovery, and self-service data management. Users can manage their backup services interactively or through the simple, fully-featured automation interface provided by RESTful APIs in order to manage Rubrik’s SLA policy engine. Cloud-scale deployments, however, require automation that spans not only multiple products and services such as name services like DNS and Active Directory, but also multiple product and service categories, including (but by no means limited to) the aforementioned name services, address management, load balancing and, of course, backup services. Fortunately, this is exactly where Rubrik’s API-first architecture really shines, particularly when combined with the power of VMware vRealize Automation (vRA). That said, until recently, making Rubrik’s advanced capabilities available in vRA required administrators to develop, support, and maintain custom integration code. This could delay schedules, increase cost and risk, and reduce agility with every update to deployed technology. Fortunately, SovLabs has recently released a new Backup-as-a-Service Module for vRA that navigates this crucial “last mile” by making the full set of Rubrik data management services directly available from within vRA. With the SovLabs solution, after a simple four-step installation,…
Rubrik -  - Disaster Recovery in the Cloud with Rubrik, Part 2: The Architectures

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud with Rubrik, Part 2: The Architectures

My previous blog post focused on leveraging the public cloud as a DR site for a primary on-premises environment. For this use case, there are several cloud DR options based on a user’s Recovery Time Objective (RTO), Recovery Point Objective (RPO), and financial requirements: Backup and Restore, Pilot Light, Warm Standby, and Hot Site. In this post, I will show how Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management Platform can be used to build out a DR site in the cloud, regardless of the option they choose. Using Rubrik for Disaster Recovery in the Cloud There are a number of approaches that users can take to move data to the cloud, from home-grown scripts to cloud vendor-specific tools to robust data management platforms. In his Gestalt IT blog post, Tim Carr cited Rubrik as a tool that facilitates data archiving to the cloud and provides orchestration capability to help automate the Backup and Recovery option. Rubrik also provides tools to help users build out and extend all four of the DR options. Specifically, there are three important capabilities in our Cloud Data Management platform that support this use case: CloudOut: Archive backup data to object storage platforms such as Amazon S3 or Azure Blob…
Rubrik -  - Disaster Recovery in the Cloud, Part 1: Knowing the Options

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud, Part 1: Knowing the Options

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with many users about their plans for public cloud vendors and disaster recovery (DR). Specifically, users ask me about how they can use AWS or Azure as the DR target for their on-premises environment. This is also a topic that Tim Carr addresses in his recent Gestalt IT blog post. In the first of two blog posts, we will examine the different DR options in public cloud. Why Use Public Cloud for DR? The traditional approach to DR requires significant investment of time and resources. At minimum, users must consider how they would replicate their primary infrastructure to a secondary site. That secondary site needs to be procured, installed, and maintained. During normal operations, the secondary site will typically be under-utilized or over-provisioned. The cost of such an investment is beyond the means of many companies. Even for companies with the means, DR is seen as a sunk cost that delivers little return quarter over quarter. However, not having an adequate DR strategy is also something no company can afford. The public cloud offers a way for companies of all sizes to build DR sites with little upfront costs through a pay-as-you-go model. Options…

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