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Rubrik -  - Welcome to Rubrik Build

Welcome to Rubrik Build

Since Rubrik opened its doors in 2014, we have built our product around an API-first architecture. This means that our API is a first-class citizen developed by our engineers, who subject it to the same meticulous testing and quality control as the rest of the core Rubrik platform. This principle continues to be a key part of the company ethos. We believe in empowering our customers and partners to integrate Rubrik into third-party tools and apply our simple policy-driven approach to their entire environment. Today, I am proud to extend our API-first approach with the launch of Rubrik Build, an open source community where contributors can create new applications, automation tooling and integrations, as well as consume or improve existing projects that simplify monitoring, testing, development, and automated workflows. Our goal is to establish a community around consuming Rubrik’s world-class APIs to quickly get started with pre-built use cases, quick start guides, and integrations with popular tooling. The Build program was designed with our customers in mind, easing their transition to consuming APIs. Many of us in the tech community do not come from a traditional software engineering background. This can make contributing to open source seem daunting. I am…
Rubrik -  - NoSQL Replication Is Not Backup

NoSQL Replication Is Not Backup

As we kick off 2019, I wanted to reflect back on a trend that has continued to gain momentum over the past few years–the march towards cloud-native applications that rely on highly-distributed and non-relational NoSQL databases. Our industry increasingly relies on architectures that embrace scale-out, highly-distributed systems. From small startups designing entirely in the cloud to large enterprises developing net new customer facing applications, the move to NoSQL databases has increased across the globe. While cloud-native architectures and, in particular, NoSQL databases solve problems such as resiliency from hardware failures and geographic distribution, they also amplify a few common pitfalls. One of the biggest challenges is that because NoSQL databases have done such an excellent job with native database replication, many organizations are fooled into a false sense of protection. The irony here is that by solving one major problem, many others now lurk in the background, leaving critical customer data at risk. As organizations continue to deploy production applications on NoSQL databases, it’s nearly inevitable that the data will become unavailable or corrupted. What happens in the event of a virus attack, data corruption, or a simple human error such as an admin dropping a table? If the only…
Rubrik -  - Using Terraform with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

Using Terraform with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

Automation is a part of Rubrik’s cultural DNA. Whether we are automating our testing framework or making our platform APIs as easy to consume as possible, we’re always looking for ways to help our customers increase automation. One of the ways that our customers are leveraging Rubrik APIs is via infrastructure-as-code workflows. That’s why I’m happy to announce the availability of the Rubrik Provider for Terraform! Terraform is an open source orchestration tool that allows you to provision, manage, and codify your infrastructure. The configuration file that Terraform uses enables you to write infrastructure as code in either JSON or HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL). Simply define the desired infrastructure state, and then Terraform updates the target environment in a declarative manner to match the defined state. This model allows for easy repeat automation. A Terraform Provider is responsible for understanding API interactions between and exposing the resources from a given infrastructure, platform, or SaaS offering to Terraform. Rubrik offers a provider for CDM, which can be used to manage several aspects of Rubrik, including the ability to create, update, or destroy: AWS Native Accounts AWS S3 CloudOut (using either RSA or KMS for encryption) AWS CloudOn Azure CloudOn Azure CloudOut…
Rubrik -  - API First: Introducing the New Splunk Add-on for Rubrik

API First: Introducing the New Splunk Add-on for Rubrik

The Rubrik CDM and Polaris platforms are built on top of a rich suite of RESTful APIs, allowing easy integration with third-party services. Many Rubrik customers are also Splunk customers, so pairing the two systems is a natural fit. Our customers use Splunk to aggregate logs from across the numerous pieces of hardware and software running in their infrastructure. This allows administrators to centrally report everything and correlate events happening throughout their environment in order to provide insights and reduce fault resolution times. As a result, we have engineered and released a Splunk add-on and application that can be used to surface data points from the Rubrik CDM and Polaris platforms into Splunk. You can easily find the Splunk  Add-on for Rubrik in the Splunkbase. This initial version of the add-on pulls data from both the Rubrik CDM and Polaris platforms via REST API to present: Event data – security, replication, backup, recovery, archive, and more. Capacity statistics and trending. Backup and recovery histories and trending. Ransomware detection events via Polaris Radar. Here’s an example of a Rubrik job history dashboard: The Splunk  Add-on for Rubrik provides many advantages to customers, such as the ability to: Visualize the operational status…
Rubrik -  - Get-Started with the Rubrik PowerShell Module

Get-Started with the Rubrik PowerShell Module

Rubrik APIs make it easy to interact, extract data, and build custom workflows. To empower our customers and make it even simpler to interact with our platform, SDKs for Go and Python have recently been made available. We’re excited to extend Rubrik’s focus on APIs with our updated PowerShell module. The PowerShell module contains a set of functions and cmdlets that can be used to connect to the Rubrik platform. Simplify your interactions with the Rubrik API by using the grouping, formatting, and pipelining features of the PowerShell language. Whether you want to get information about the backup status of your newly created workloads or build a fully automated workflow, the Rubrik PowerShell module is a powerful tool. PowerShell Core, the most recent release of PowerShell, makes PowerShell compatible with not only Windows PowerShell, but also platforms such as MacOS and Linux. The new update of the Rubrik PowerShell module gives you the ability to run scripts created on your platform of choice, allowing you to leverage the power of PowerShell and Rubrik from any device and on any supported operating system. To get started with this module, you will need to have PowerShell installed (available as a free download here).…
Rubrik -  - Easing Regulatory Compliance with Queryable Recovery

Easing Regulatory Compliance with Queryable Recovery

As organizations continue to ramp up their efforts to collect and analyze more data, a variety of privacy and data protection regulations have been set to support users’ personal information. In many cases, organizations must now rework their data protection strategy to comply with these new laws while also leveraging the business value of data.   As a Cloud Data Management company, Rubrik wants to make it easier for our customers to deal with all aspects of protecting and managing their data, and facilitating compliance is a critical aspect of that. Backup and recovery can be an especially challenging part of privacy compliance. In this blog post, I’ll focus on selective restores in light of these regulations–though they’re very handy in any DBA’s toolbox. Under the Hood Recovery is an important aspect of many privacy and data protection requirements. Rubrik’s Live Mount feature makes queryable data recovery and selective restores for databases quick and easy. Rubrik initially built this capability for VMs and has expanded it over time to include workloads like traditional physical and virtual relational databases. At a high level, Live Mount makes use of the performance and storage capabilities of the Rubrik cluster to instantly mount the…
Rubrik -  - AI, APIs, and PowerShell: A Recap of Microsoft Ignite 2018

AI, APIs, and PowerShell: A Recap of Microsoft Ignite 2018

This year, Microsoft Ignite stepped out of its norm by really focusing on what’s next in the industry and the importance of community while launching some exciting new products. When chatting with my team, it was clear that we all walked away with new insights into where the landscape is headed and what’s top of mind for IT organizations. For those who couldn’t attend or are interested in hearing our perspective, I asked some folks from the Technical Marketing team to share their biggest learnings and favorite moments. Enjoy! Mike Nelson – @nelmedia “There were quite a few announcements around the Windows Server and Azure platform that I’m excited about–the biggest being the GA of Server 2019. The newly created Ultra-SSD disks option in Azure will allow for the incredibly fast movement of data within the cloud. The new Data Box line provides several ways to transport both physically and virtually large amounts of data into Azure and now integrates IoT into the Edge. From a learning and training perspective, I am intrigued to know more about the new Microsoft Learn platform and how it will shape education and certification as we know them today. Microsoft also proved that it’s…
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…