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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…
Rubrik -  - How to Create a Successful Data Lake

How to Create a Successful Data Lake

Data-driven decision making is transforming how businesses and IT operate. As organizations look to access all types of information, they have carved out a need for higher-level infrastructure experts who help unlock new value from their data. The modern-day DBA has an opportunity to be an in-house expert and operate as a strategic business partner for managing this data and ensuring it is available to those who need it. To do this, in addition to building up their cloud and DevOps skills, many DBAs are delivering on this opportunity by turning to data lakes, a large repository into which data—in its raw, natural form—flows from many sources. Users across an organization can then access and analyze the centralized data. The true power of a data lake shines when you can maximize adoption across your enterprise so that big data informs as many business decisions as possible. To create your own data lake, you’ll need to decide on platforms and data sources, but, most importantly, you’ll need to determine how you can present the data lake to stakeholders to increase adoption across the organization. What is a Data Lake & Do You Need One? Enterprises in all industries and of all…
Rubrik -  - The Right Recipe for a Multi-Cloud Transition

The Right Recipe for a Multi-Cloud Transition

An inside look at how America’s Test Kitchen navigated their multi-cloud journey The outset of a new year (and a new decade) is prime time for IT teams to reevaluate their environments and scope out new data management strategies. And yet, with talk of digital transformation and cloud journeys saturating the air at tech conferences and consuming Twitter feeds, it’s also prime time for IT leaders to catch a case of the buzzword blues. The amount of information and choices available can be more paralyzing than freeing, leaving IT teams trudging into 2020 without any energy or motivation to enact change and modernize their infrastructure.  But before all the buzzwords have you spinning into an existential crisis, consider taking a page out of Dustin Brandt’s book. Brandt, Director of IT at America’s Test Kitchen (ATK), saw a relocation in ATK’s headquarters as an opportunity to reduce their data center footprint and overhaul their entire IT infrastructure. Despite challenges of re-platforming and re-provisioning infrastructure, ensuring consistent security, and navigating complex network integrations, Brandt also seized this opportunity to transition to a multi-cloud model. Take a look at how Brandt and his team made these changes as painless as possible, and what…
Rubrik -  - 5 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Legacy Data Management System

5 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Legacy Data Management System

Despite all the talk about “data-driven decisions,” one thing is often neglected: making sure the data is actually ready to “drive.” Too many companies continue to cling to their legacy IT systems, even when those systems no longer fit the business. Outdated data management solutions require IT teams to spend valuable time maintaining and troubleshooting, and also prevent organizations from getting the most out of their data. On top of this time-consuming management, relying on legacy technology can increase vulnerability to serious risk factors—from customer dissatisfaction to security breaches. So, how can you tell that you’ve outgrown your legacy data management system and that it’s time for a change? Here are five strong signals. Unnecessary Complexity Has You Spinning Your Wheels Legacy data management often entails a complicated, multi-tiered architecture that results in siloed data and disorganization. As a result, maintenance requires a lot of manual work. These are some of the signs that you’re mired neck-deep in unnecessary complexity: Your team spends time devising workarounds for software or designing workflows specifically to accommodate a legacy technology’s capabilities. Your team has created a Frankenstein-like combination of supplemental software to make up for the shortcomings of your legacy system
. Your team…
Rubrik -  - How Automation Can Advance Your Career

How Automation Can Advance Your Career

Working in IT keeps you on your toes as you constantly evaluate, test, and implement new technologies and applications. In many ways, IT environments are getting more difficult to manage and protect due to rapid data growth, the increase in available tools and integrations, and the rise of cloud adoption. In addition, IT organizations are now (finally!) often considered strategic business partners as data becomes more valuable and business-critical. This shift also means that IT admins are often asked to do more with less, which is why many organizations are leaning on automation. And (despite popular belief) creating scripts and automated tooling isn’t just for developers. Any IT professional—whether you’re an entry-level backup admin or seasoned DBA—can leverage automation. It’s a great way to meet your goals and advance your skillset. To give you a little inspiration, I can still remember exactly where I was and what process I automated for the first time. It was a fully automated NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP upgrade process that included creating a temporary HTTP server that could be used in the field. I also remember, looking back at that specific piece of automation, how rudimentary it was compared to what I’m doing today.…