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Rubrik -  - How to Get Started with Open Source Projects

How to Get Started with Open Source Projects

So you want to start dabbling in open source? There are tons of reasons why contributing to open source projects is a rewarding use of time–from advancing your career to supporting a community you like. But contributing to an open source project for the first time can be incredibly intimidating. Like many, I was apprehensive about contributing to open source projects at first. I kept putting it off, thinking that I would eventually help out when I had more to offer. But you don’t need to be an expert to support an open source project–you don’t even need to write code to be a contributor. The opportunities are often quite broad and many communities, like Rubrik Build, accept code and non-code contributions. Here are some easy ways to get started with open source: Join the Conversation The simplest and fastest way to get started with open source projects is to contribute your thoughts. No code required! Join in the conversation and offer your experience or use cases. This can be done with Slack conversations or providing input on issues associated with projects on GitHub. Alternatively, start the conversation by filing an issue for a project. Tell us if something isn’t…
Rubrik -  - How to Throw a Disaster Recovery Tabletop Workshop

How to Throw a Disaster Recovery Tabletop Workshop

Ransomware and destructive malware. You either groan with media fatigue or cringe at the thought of getting blown off the map by bitcoin bandits…perhaps both. For many organizations, creating a multi-leveled disaster recovery plan to accommodate this potential threat is now a top priority. The problem is, many organizations create a DR plan but don’t test each year. It’s easy to procrastinate DR testing, as it’s a costly activity in terms of both hours and infrastructure. But failure to test in a complete and realistic scenario can leave an organization woefully unprepared for some of the ancillary activities like communication and ownership of action. Essentially, the first time the crisis team meets should never be during a crisis. Simulating an attack around a table with a few colleagues doesn’t replace live testing, but it does uncover things you may not otherwise think of. This blog series will help walk through the setup and execution of a tabletop exercise for testing your DR plan. In true RPG style, this post will show how to simulate an unfolding disaster and apply your DR strategy in response. The advantage of running a tabletop exercise is its lightweight impact in terms of time and…
Rubrik -  - Using Automation for Faster Cloud Adoption

Using Automation for Faster Cloud Adoption

Most work conversations I’m involved in go something like this: blah cloud adoption blah agility blah. It’s true that public cloud provides an innumerable list of benefits, but to me, the most attractive aspect is a uniform, API-driven method of provisioning resources. This makes it inherently automatable, unlike so many frustratingly simple and tedious data center tasks. I always encourage organizations to use cloud as a gateway to automation. There are two primary avenues for automation: infrastructure provisioning and application-delivery aspects of the business. While easy in concept, automation requires a lot of initial investment before its value is returned. I like to start with focusing on the management aspect and automate most of the back-end operations tasks. For example, my team often builds and destroys Rubrik Cloud Cluster deployments as part of our testing, so this is something that made sense to automate. Across the team, some like to use automation tooling such as Terraform, while others prefer native template tools like AWS CloudFormation. We’ve made these use cases available on Rubrik Build so that you can use some of the same tools that we use internally. Terraform Modules We previously announced the Rubrik Provider for Terraform, which simplifies…
Rubrik -  - Extending Cloud Data Management to vCloud Director Tenants

Extending Cloud Data Management to vCloud Director Tenants

Last year, we proudly announced support for VMware vCloud Director and today, I am excited to further advance our integration with the Rubrik Extension for vCloud Director. Rubrik’s support for vCloud Director delivers simple and flexible multi-tenant self-service management. Our new plugin gives tenants the power to self-serve the same functionality that providers already enjoy from the vCloud Director user interface.   As of 9.1, the vCloud Director user interface (UI) plugin management allows for integration of custom, third-party modules directly into the context of the vCloud Director interface. This means that ecosystem partners, such as Rubrik, can integrate into vCloud Director by customizing the UI based upon HTML5 standards using Angular and Clarity. Once the Rubrik Extension for vCloud Director is installed, the following actions can be made available to allow for tenant self-service: On-demand Snapshots Assign SLA Protection Recover vApp File Recovery Export vApp Credential Management The following image demonstrates some of the Rubrik functionality available from the tenant: By leveraging the plugin registration process that is built into vCloud Director, service providers can dictate whether the plugins should be available to the provider portal or to the tenant portal. Additionally, the service provider can provide granular control…
Rubrik -  - How to Not Be A Victim of Infrastructure with Rubrik Live Mount

How to Not Be A Victim of Infrastructure with Rubrik Live Mount

Since day one, Rubrik was built with the user in mind, delivering ultimate simplicity and comprehensive data protection at enterprise scale. That’s why we leverage our own platform to manage and protect our mission-critical data, allowing us to experience firsthand how our technology accelerates product development and automation. However, just like any other organization, we at Rubrik are still susceptible to unpredictable hiccups and disasters. We recently encountered one of these issues during a product release cycle. With Rubrik, we were able to quickly meet our time-to-market goals and minimize business disruption and engineering productivity loss. Here’s our story of how Rubrik came to the rescue: At Rubrik, one of our core values is velocity, and that applies to our engineering teams as well. Our engineering teams use our home-grown orchestration layer to allocate precious infrastructure resources for functional/integration and regression tests, which enables us to deliver quality product at lightning speed. This orchestration layer and its services run on top of an enterprise SAN (hybrid flash-based array) for storing the test data and builds. However, recently, this storage layer behaved erratically, significantly slowing down our build times and release pipelines. Our IT infrastructure teams came to the rescue, quickly…
Rubrik -  - Scoping the Options for Your Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution

Scoping the Options for Your Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution

“Starting off, all options are always open, but as soon as you choose something, you inevitably limit yourself. If you go for B, A is out.” – Alva Noto, Musician and Artist For many of us in IT, we’ve operated under the mindset that our disaster recovery plan will save our bacon when an unfortunate incident hits. However, this attitude neglects one of the essential acts of due diligence that is incumbent for every DR design: continually evaluate and implement new and better options to ensure a solution is effective in the cloud era. Even if you are just starting to create your DR plan, it’s important to have a wide-windshield view of the offerings that cloud technology and different cloud providers can give you. Here are the ones that I will focus on in this post: On-premises to co-location or private cloud On-premises to a Managed Service Provider (MSP) or Cloud Service Provider (CSP) On-premises to multi-cloud (public and private) On-prem to Private Cloud Most traditional DR plans employ the warm/cold-like co-location design that sources the data in one data center (DC) the company owns and recovers in either another DC owned by the company (hopefully in a different geo…
Rubrik -  - Planning a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

Planning a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

Here at Rubrik, we strive to provide a strong suite of tools that make backup and disaster recovery (DR) as easy as possible. We’ve developed technologies like Live Mount, CloudOut, and CloudOn to help businesses recover quickly from a disaster and minimize downtime. In my experience, technology—no matter how advanced—is only a piece of the DR equation. A fully developed DR plan requires people, process, and technology in order to truly be successful. Here’s a look at some of the top considerations when developing your DR strategy: People First and foremost, you must have the right stakeholders and executive sponsorship sign off on your strategy so that they can go to bat for you when allocating people and resources. Successful DR planning requires time and input from many people across your organization—the larger the company, the more people involved. Your team should be representative of all key areas of your company, with smaller groups concentrated on logistics and operations where necessary. Here are some examples of how to effectively make up your team: Business Unit Stakeholders: Identify critical applications, success criteria, and potential roadblocks. Provide input to other teams as needed. Application Owners/Analysts: Own dependency mapping and success criteria for…
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…