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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…
Rubrik -  - Design Centers and You

Design Centers and You

A Bit of History I still find technology fascinating – don’t you? There’s a certain joy in tinkering, building, and ultimately creating that never gets old. This goes back to my earliest days when I used ResEdit to change the Welcome to Macintosh screen to say Be very, very afraid, but it remained true after graduating from college and diving headfirst into learning Novell Netware and eDirectory. For those of us with a CNA, it never actually expires and doesn’t technically have to be removed from your resume. I’ll let you decide if it stays or not though. Over time, part of my responsibilities both as a data center architect at a customer and then later as a presales technical director at a solutions integrator involved input on new product evaluations. I had to determine how the various products would or wouldn’t fit into my data center or our solutions portfolio. There are many facets to these kind of evaluations, so it can be daunting to keep track of the mountains of minutia – everything from technical to operational to financial and more. What’s a Design Center? In time, one idea that I came to focus on was a concept…
Rubrik -  - Embracing Digital Transformation with Rubrik and Azure

Embracing Digital Transformation with Rubrik and Azure

The 2017 Microsoft Ignite conference was an event where several items were crossed off my bucket list. Not only did I get to spend an hour recording an episode of the Datanauts Podcast with the infamous Jeffrey Snover, creator of PowerShell and all-around nice guy, but I also held the privilege of showcasing Rubrik’s official integration across both Azure and Azure Stack in the expo hall. The idea that cloud-born services, such as elastic compute pools and Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) features, can be pushed towards on-prem deployments is fairly magical, and that’s the idea behind Azure Stack. But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. The real question to answer starts with “why push cloud services to co-exist on premises?” And in this case, I’ll point to the presentation given by Mr. Snover on data center transformation. In it, he shares his thoughts on how the very fabric of being an IT professional is changing. Rather than being tactically focused on resources that create and deploy infrastructure, we’re gaining momentum as strategically-positioned forces that can go beyond staying relevant and actually get ahead of the mounting pile of technical debt that has quagmired progress in the past. Part of this change…
Rubrik -  - The Beauty of Immutability

The Beauty of Immutability

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 has happened). 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 recently 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 has become…