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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…
Rubrik -  - Data Protection’s Day Off

Data Protection’s Day Off

Remember the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? The premise is about a high school teen named Ferris Bueller who decided to skip school for a day and have the time of his life. In the late 1980s, tape media was the king of the Backup and Recovery world, and hard disk was still a newbie typically only used as a staging area for fast recovery. Fast forward to today in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in which data is king and the life blood of almost all organizations. We are at the point where data protection and cloud administrators now have an opportunity like Ferris Bueller to sleep better at night and maybe even get a “day off” by automating the workflows of their Backup and Recovery tasks and processes. Now it is your turn to have a day off with Rubrik’s API-Driven Cloud Data Management (CDM) fabric. Backups on Autopilot Autopilot describes the ability to drive the trajectory of an object without “hands-on” control. Rubrik provides a similar benefit by controlling your copy data’s trajectory without constant manual efforts like other legacy backup products. One of the top quantifiable business benefits of Rubrik is that it only takes…
Rubrik -  - One Cloud to Rule Them All

One Cloud to Rule Them All

Looking at modern IT infrastructures, it is clear we have mostly entered a cloud-first era. Even more traditional enterprises are incorporating a cloud strategy at the risk of being out-innovated or outpaced by their competition. “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” — Bill Gates While the public cloud has gained a lot of attention with the rise of Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, it is important to still ask yourself which “cloud-like” characteristics and services can benefit your particular environment. Not every business will benefit from moving completely into the public cloud. To solve for your specific use case, you need to look at all the tools at your disposal. Journey to the Cloud Not everyone takes the same path to the cloud, nor should they. As Eric Shanks wrote in his Gestalt IT blogpost, “Rubrik’s own Internet page title is ‘The Cloud Data Management Company’ which just screams at customers that it’s a cutting edge future looking company.” I agree that cloud-washing is rampant, and cloud should be considered less of a check box and…
Rubrik -  - Data Protection for the Changing Enterprise

Data Protection for the Changing Enterprise

The modern enterprise is changing. We are moving towards a world of containers, API-first architectures, and cloud-native applications; the latter two are discussed by Chris Wahl, Rubrik’s Chief Technologist, in a previous post. Enterprise technology is moving from email to Slack, relational databases to NoSQL, and more. But not every company is moving at warp speed, and both Oracle and Microsoft are still relevant in almost every data center. While Rubrik protects the enterprise on-premises, we are far more than a converged data management hardware appliance. We support multiple architectures beyond hardware via Rubrik Edge, our software-only appliance for ROBO, and Cloud Cluster for cloud-native apps and public cloud data protection. Rubrik is evolving and growing rapidly to meet cutting-edge business requirements while maintaining a Google-like, web-scale architecture and striking simplicity. Let’s Talk Applications! Tim Carr is right (don’t tell him I said that) — DBAs typically do not like to step outside of their comfort zone or native toolsets. Luckily, with our new Oracle integration, Rubrik provides its core benefits such as immutability and policy-driven management while integrating with native Oracle capabilities. Our approach is to integrate with RMAN, which provides agentless support (yay!) but still allows Oracle DBAs to use…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Cloud Data Management: Security by Design

Rubrik Cloud Data Management: Security by Design

Since the beginning, Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management platform has been designed with security as one of its core principles. Our goal is to ensure that data is managed in a secure and responsible manner, independent of its location. This capability is growing more important with the changes to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect on May 25, 2018, for any organisation that processes or stores data from individuals in the EU. For companies that must comply with GDPR, security by design is imperative. The regulation requires companies to use solutions in which data protection is designed into the development rather than added on at a later point. Requirements apply to on-prem and cloud environments, as well as to measurements that prevent employee-caused breaches. Data Management Designed for Protection Rubrik delivers end-to-end encryption across all environments while maintaining performance. It starts at the point of ingesting the data from your production systems. For both virtual and physical environments, we encrypt data in-flight to protect it from eavesdropping. Once the data arrives to the Rubrik cluster, customers can choose the method for encryption at-rest, either using software-based encryption or FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Certified hardware-based encryption. Rubrik also offers robust key management…

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