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Rubrik -  - 3 Truths About Moving Large Workloads to the Cloud

3 Truths About Moving Large Workloads to the Cloud

We are in the age where data is no longer the endgame for businesses, it’s merely a place to start. Deep insights that drive innovation, enhance customer engagement, and improve business outcomes can be pulled from data. So, how you treat your data can have a profound bearing on the conclusions you draw and the business success you realize. Businesses that want to move their big data applications to the cloud (like SAP, Oracle, HPC) in order to open up the vast opportunities the cloud offers in terms of data treatment have, historically, faced significant barriers. Traditionally, the biggest obstacles have been bandwidth limitations in getting the applications to the cloud and a lack of control over data, both in-transit and at rest. After data has been migrated to the cloud, you won’t necessarily have the same suite of tooling to manage it that you would have on-premises. The business process differs as that data moves. And, of course, data-in-transit faces more potential exposure and is therefore more vulnerable. However, with advancements in both internet infrastructure and secure data management solutions, the barriers that have held companies back from the cloud in the past have been removed. Now, there is…
Rubrik -  - A New IT Imperative: On-Demand Recovery

A New IT Imperative: On-Demand Recovery

Disaster noun 1. a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage. There are many reasons that a company may experience a data disaster–from a fire or flood impacting a data center to increasingly prevalent ransomware attacks, even to insider threats or just plain old human error. If the corresponding downtime stretches on or business-critical data can’t be retrieved, company brand reputations suffer, profits slide, and sometimes doors shut permanently. Here are some interesting reads on how widespread outages impact over 95% of enterprises, costing them up to $400,000 per hour of downtime. An outage can really cripple your business, but I’m not writing to relay tales of doom and gloom. Quite the opposite. While you can’t avoid a disaster, you can prepare for it. Business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) are not new concepts; however, many of the threats faced and the way businesses respond to them are. This is why it’s imperative to pivot the conversation from the traditional, expensive disaster recovery (DR) plans, which provide weak guarantees on the amount of data lost or restart time, to on-demand recovery. The message is simple: minimize the impact of a catastrophe. Recover from…
Rubrik -  - Productivity Hacks: Migrate in Minutes to the Most Current Version of SQL Server

Productivity Hacks: Migrate in Minutes to the Most Current Version of SQL Server

In July 2019, SQL Server 2008, Microsoft’s relational database management system (RDMS) application, reached end-of-life. SQL Server 2012 is slated to go end-of-life in 2022. Once an application reaches its extended support end date, there are no longer patches, security updates, or support from Microsoft. If your organization is using a version of SQL that is or is soon to be unsupported, it’s almost guaranteed that your security risk will increase, your productivity will be impacted, and your data protection compliance jeopardized. Over time, these risks will escalate, so it’s important to take action. Organizations are looking to migrate to a newer version of SQL Server for many reasons. It could be the end-of-service event, which is a very compelling reason because there’s a significant business justification behind it. Database administrators (DBAs) generally want to move up to the latest version because they see the application, its performance, and security benefits. No matter the reason behind it, when administrators get the approval to upgrade, they must deal with complex details and logistics around how to move from their legacy version of SQL Server to a modern version with the least amount of downtime possible. (Upgrading is always a tough sell…
Rubrik -  - Be Data-Forward: Embrace a Hybrid Cloud Data Management Strategy

Be Data-Forward: Embrace a Hybrid Cloud Data Management Strategy

In a recent webinar, a panel of hybrid cloud experts from Microsoft, Rubrik, and HCL Technologies provided insight into hybrid cloud and data protection trends that will be evolving over the next 12 to 24 months. The panel also recognized some of the key positive business outcomes for customers, and discussed how Microsoft, Rubrik, and HCL have come together to help enterprises digitally transform through their joint solution. Trending in Technology A recent survey conducted by HCL and Vanson Bourne shows that: 47% of respondents said their IT infrastructure is “completely ready” to support digital initiatives, while 49% are not ready, and 4% are only partially ready 95% of organizations agree that IT infrastructure transformation will help them innovate faster 94% of enterprises said that cloud adoption is a priority for them The panel found that there were new directions to their conversations with customers. The following are the six trends shaping the solutions they are delivering. 6 Trends Shaping Hybrid Cloud Customer Conversations Service Over Servers: The service model itself is changing. Customers do not want to talk about servers and technologies. They want to focus on the services they will receive as business and technology move forward. Consuming…
Rubrik -  - How Rubrik Can Help DBAs Respond to an Evolving & Demanding Landscape

How Rubrik Can Help DBAs Respond to an Evolving & Demanding Landscape

DBAs are known for their masterful ability to untangle complex systems–but that’s not to say that the massive growth in database types and data and the ever-increasing need for business agility haven’t made their jobs more challenging. Given the range of applications DBAs must now support and the acceleration of database and data growth, today’s DBAs are tasked with managing terabytes, if not petabytes, of data across on-premises and cloud–and these numbers will continue to grow. In fact, IDC analysts estimate that data volume will more than double every two years.  So how can DBAs maintain protection and control over their environments, even as they evolve and the sheer volume of databases and data increases? How can they ensure rapid recovery of multi-terabyte databases in the event of a cyberattack? How are DBAs tackling increasing data governance regulations? And perhaps most top-of-mind, how can they minimize pain points associated with manual backups and scripting to free up time to focus on other strategic projects for the business?  To answer these questions, I’ll walk through the biggest threats today’s DBAs ought to keep their eye on and how Rubrik can help them handle these challenges with the speed, efficiency, control, and…
Rubrik -  - Tips and Tricks for Using Postman with Rubrik APIs

Tips and Tricks for Using Postman with Rubrik APIs

The increasing proliferation of APIs in combination with shifting IT environments makes strong collaboration tools essential for many developer and IT teams. Postman, a collaboration platform for API development, is a top choice for many organizations. A free application, Postman is useful for exploring APIs, building workflows, and sharing use case samples with anyone, such as a teammate. It’s especially handy when building dynamic variables to use across multiple environments.  With Postman, teams are able to collaborate through the use of collections and environments. It also has the ability to use a Collection Runner, which allows automated testing to iteratively run. The Postman console checks what data has been retrieved to make test debugging easy.  Before writing a bunch of code, I will usually mock up workflows using Postman to map out the steps and identify data types like parameters and variables. In this post, I will walk through a few use cases and tips to guide you along your automation journey using Postman.  Use Collections Being able to build requests and workflows using a GUI is great, but collections are where Postman really stands out. Collections are simply groups of requests organized into folders to help organize your workflows…
Rubrik -  - The Day 2 Opportunity for DBAs

The Day 2 Opportunity for DBAs

With the rising demand for automation, speedy development cycles, and cloud, the role of the DBA is changing. As businesses drive towards digital transformation, DBAs have an opportunity to expand their value beyond data managers into data stewards who help innovate how organizations interact with, store, and protect information. However, although modernization provides benefits that are clear to most enterprises, it also generates additional–and often unrealized burdens–for DBAs as they face an increase in workload and the need for an evolved skillset. The questions for many DBAs have become, “How can I build a skill set that extends beyond on-premises, across multiple clouds, and beyond?  How can I add value to the data I manage and protect?” Opportunities for the New World Being a modern DBA requires a complete overhaul of traditional operations. This blog post will explore the opportunities you have as a DBA to automate key Day 2 operations, freeing up time to focus on more strategic work that will allow you to transition from a database mechanic into a data steward in the new world. On-premises Automation As a modern-day DBA, you are still asked to optimize and protect the systems you manage, but now you also…
Rubrik -  - Built-in Immutability for Cyber Resiliency

Built-in Immutability for Cyber Resiliency

Imagine one or more of your systems is unavailable because of some malicious attack, whether a nasty virus, ransomware, or sabotage from a disgruntled employee. No worries, these things happen —  you’ll recover from backup. Except you discover that your backups have been compromised in the same manner. This is usually where the term air gap gets dropped. Someone will say, “you need a truly offline backup — tape! There’s no way ransomware can get into a tape backup!” While that’s true, how long does it take to recover from tape stored in a land somewhere far, far away? If a backup takes so long to restore that there’s major financial or business impact, does it actually exist? Realistically, there are ways to protect your data stored by backup systems even without this gap.  I previously wrote a blog post about immutable infrastructures, but compute infrastructures are not the only way that immutability matters in the data center. Immutable, by definition, means the state is set or inflexible once constructed. In other words, it cannot be changed. The goal is to build a more reliable automated compute infrastructure in order to enable stable continuous delivery. Data is becoming more and more…
Rubrik -  - Exploring Passive Survivability: Bracing for a Cyber Attack

Exploring Passive Survivability: Bracing for a Cyber Attack

Security attacks continue to be on the rise as threats like ransomware grow more mature. Many enterprises find themselves unprepared for an attack, with more organizations opting to pay ransom than ever before. This is because recovering from an attack is often time-consuming and complex, and in many cases, the backups themselves are compromised. Although preventing ransomware attacks may seem near impossible, there are tools and infrastructure best practices that can help you build an effective ransomware remediation plan to ensure cyber resiliency. In an article with Infosecurity Magazine, Robert Rhame, Director of Market Intelligence at Rubrik, explores the passive survivability model and how this framework can enable your team to bounce back from a successful attack. Let’s take a quick look at this model and how, according to Rhame, it can prepare your team.  A version of the below excerpted article originally appeared in Infosecurity Magazine. Design Your Infrastructure for Ransomware Resiliency When it comes to preparing for a threat that you can’t stop, your infrastructure must be designed in such a way that an attack, although damaging to your business, does not cause all of your operations to sink. Like a modern battleship, your infrastructure should be created…