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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…
Rubrik -  - Superior Architecture for a Cloud-Native World

Superior Architecture for a Cloud-Native World

If there’s anything that years of consulting with enterprise clients has taught me, it’s that the world of technology continues to accelerate through iteration after iteration of new architectures, models, and solutions at a pace that is difficult to grasp. We previously lived in a world where all applications resided on bare metal, and waterfall projects took years to release. Now, the rules of small steps and cloud-first are percolating throughout the minds of cloud architects, driving innovation. As Rubrik’s Chief Technologist, I’ve applied a lens to my experiences as an architect to really scratch the surface on this whole cloud data management ideal in an exploratory series of blog posts. In a nutshell, being cloud native, entirely API-driven, infinitely scalable, having instant data access, and, most importantly, being software fueled are the ingredients necessary for moving the needle in the stagnant world of data protection. The Road Traveled Thus Far Two years later, one only has to look so far as incumbent solutions using yet another coat of paint to hide long-tailed technology debts to see the short, dismal future ahead when compared to newer ways of thinking. By wiping the technology slate clean in an effort to make backup…
Rubrik -  - Combating the Evolving Landscape of Ransomware

Combating the Evolving Landscape of Ransomware

About one year ago today, we pointed out an emerging security crisis in the healthcare industry. Cyber threats targeting hospital data were becoming a regular event, with some computer systems held captive for a reputedly multi-million dollar ransom. Beyond the Bitcoin cost, ransomware puts patient care at risk since many organizations must stop operations for over a week. More recently, the worldwide spread of a virus known as “WannaCry” has been decimating operations at UK healthcare provider National Health Service (NHS) in addition to telecom, logistics, and car manufacturers. In total, it has caused havoc to over 230,000 computers in 150 countries. This attack has been aggressively accelerating while CIOs struggle to find a realistic solution. The root cause comes down to the usual suspects: a combination of phishing emails and poorly patched security vulnerabilities. This particular vulnerability was so caustic that Microsoft released an update to several of their deprecated operating systems such as Windows XP and Server 2003. Additionally, users need to stop using older protocols like SMB 1.0 because they create a multitude of vulnerabilities that allow attackers to commandeer a system. It’s on the vendor and partner communities to come up with innovative and effective methods…
Rubrik -  - The Challenges of DR: Achieving Near-Zero RTO

The Challenges of DR: Achieving Near-Zero RTO

As the Director of Sales Engineering at Rubrik, I am privileged to meet many customers across different geographies and all verticals. I witness a variety of challenges, but there are some common themes. One challenge nearly every customer battles is how to effectively manage disaster recovery (DR). To provide disaster recovery, businesses often utilize several options, including various forms of replication (array based, application based, hypervisor based), DR automation tools (i.e. VMware Site Recovery Manager), and backups. These approaches are typically costly and complex; they require similar hardware at Production and the DR location site, and users must manage multiple tools. A good DR plan provides multiple layers of protection from a myriad of failure types. This can be accomplished with tools such as snaps, data replication, and data protection. Rubrik can play a key role in your DR plan. With our solution, customers reduce their RPO to 1 hour and achieve a near-zero RTO. Rubrik leverages components of a modern data center like converged architecture, flash, and deduplication to efficiently replicate data from Brik to Brik and instantly recover VMs. Each Brik provides 30k IOPs, which allows workloads to temporarily run directly from Rubrik until production issues are rectified.…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Now Protects Cloud Apps Running in AWS and Azure

Rubrik Now Protects Cloud Apps Running in AWS and Azure

Today, we’re excited to announce that Rubrik now delivers data protection (backup and recovery, replication and DR, archival, search, and more) for applications running in AWS and Azure. It’s easy to get started. Once you’re part of our Early Access program, we’ll provide the AMI/VHD directly to the AWS/Azure account for you to spin up on our recommended compute instances. With Rubrik, you can: Get up and running in minutes by deploying Rubrik as a software instance on AWS and Azure. Protect cloud applications, deliver inter- and intra-cloud replication (Azure to AWS, across AWS regions, across Azure regions), bi-directional replication between cloud and on-prem, cloud data archival, and more. Avoid cloud vendor lock-in by easily migrating data from public cloud to public cloud to optimize application service quality. Achieve unprecedented management simplicity by using the same consumer-grade HTML5 interface to manage applications on-premises, at the edge, and in the cloud. Start small and scale-out easily by growing the Rubrik cluster in lock-step with cloud data growth. All data is indexed and efficiently stored in a single, scale-out repository while providing data resiliency. Instantly locate and deliver application-consistent recoveries for data born in the cloud, including files, folders, filesets, VM, and…
Rubrik -  - The Accelerating World of Ransomware

The Accelerating World of Ransomware

Have you been hearing more about ransomware recently? It seems like every day there’s another news headline, vendor presentation, or story about data held ransom. So, what’s driving this “buzz”? Is it just a media-created frenzy, or are there actual changes in the ransomware landscape? Ransomware: A Maturing Landscape Per ZDNet, the cost of ransomware attacks rose from $25M in 2015 to $1B in 2016–an incredible rate of growth. The landscape is evolving into a structure similar to the IT market; there are ransomware vendors, “channel partners” or providers, and (of course) customers. Ransomware vendors now sell “kits” to aspiring hackers that offer various degrees of customization, encryption types, and technical skill required to use. This is a thriving industry, as exemplified by the barrage of stories on organizations such as public transportation services, school districts, and hospital after hospital. Customer Service from Ransomware Once your files are encrypted by ransomware, you are their customer–albeit a very unwilling one. In a darkly ironic twist, ransomware providers are ramping up their customer service efforts to give technical support on using Bitcoin and other related tasks. In some cases, the hacker even pays a percentage of ransoms back to the vendor. This new sector reveals a maturing marketplace with continuing investment that will…
Rubrik -  - Data Protection Is Not Just for Compliance

Data Protection Is Not Just for Compliance

Technology permeates all aspects of our lives in such a seamless manner that it is easy to underestimate our reliance on it. As consumers, we’ve all been inconvenienced by the words, “I’m sorry, we can’t do anything right now–our computers are down.” But for a business, this disruption is far more than an inconvenience. A Business Held Hostage On the evening of March 19th, 2016, the owner of Hard Times Café in Bethesda, MD, began having problems with their point of sale (POS) system. The following morning, they discovered that their POS system had been compromised by ransomware. They would have to pay $10,000 in Bitcoin for the release of their encrypted files. When the team contacted the FBI, they were told to pay or rebuild their system since the agency was overwhelmed with ransomware cases. The restaurant was closed for seven days before being able to reopen. Your Data Is Your Business Underestimating the necessity of a reliable backup solution can be a financial disaster for large companies, but it can be fatal for smaller ones. During the seven days that Hard Times Café was closed, their three dozen full- and part-time employees went without pay, and the business generated no revenue. In addition,…

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