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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 -  - 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…
Rubrik -  - Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Google Cloud Storage

Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Google Cloud Storage

With the rise of ransomware attacks and other security threats, data encryption is mission-critical for any company’s security strategy. The risk of improperly encrypting data is especially amplified in the cloud era, when sensitive data is stored outside of customer data centers and in public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. While these providers offer a number of tools to help customer encrypt data before it is stored, these tools can be complex and difficult to use. Addressing the top enterprise pain points is what Rubrik was founded on, and security has been core to its platform since day one. This includes end-to-end encryption, both in transit and at rest, which we extend to our integration with public cloud providers. The Rubrik approach simplifies how data encryption is implemented and masks complexity from users. Rubrik has a wide breadth of cloud capabilities, from simple archival to DR and test/dev. Many customers leverage our CloudOut capability for archival of their backup data in public cloud providers, often as a replacement for tape. This approach is typically more cost effective and more reliable, and offers better response times in the event that data restoration is required.…
Rubrik -  - How to Beef Up Your Backup-as-a-Service

How to Beef Up Your Backup-as-a-Service

There is one constant in the world of IT, and that is the word “change.” Today, change often refers to the rise of cloud adoption. One of the biggest impacts of cloud is its role in thrusting traditional data centers into more modern OPEX-driven data centers optimized for as-a-Service (aaS) models. For many organizations, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) has become a critical consumption model since it bridges the gap between protecting data on-premises and in the cloud. BaaS has proven especially valuable in the midst of arduous IT departments struggling to protect the goldmine of data buried in their storage troves. BaaS is a useful tool for organizations to procure backup and recovery services from their storage troves in a fast, flexible, and agile way while delivering cost savings. Although not a new consumption model, Backup-as-a-Service has gained popularity as large enterprises and MSPs continue to search for new ways to enhance their backup infrastructure and portfolio of self-service offerings. Many service providers still struggle in their search for a flexible solution that allows tenants to manage SLA policies and self-service recovery in a secure, isolated network. Look no further as Rubrik Envoy, in addition to vCloud Director (vCD), simplifies and accelerates…
Rubrik -  - Your Primer on AWS EC2 Protection

Your Primer on AWS EC2 Protection

Are you on the cloud-native train? Nowadays, it seems everyone is building new stateless cloud-native applications or refactoring their old “jalopies” to become container-based, microservice-architected, cloud-native “Teslas.” However, that isn’t the reality when you speak with most users. Many are still hesitant to run production workloads in the cloud because they are not sure if their data will be protected and managed. Even current cloud users have concerns about the challenges of protecting their stateful data. Earlier this month, we announced Rubrik Alta 4.2, which extended our enterprise hybrid cloud data management capabilities. Based on customer demand, we’ve made simplifying the protection of cloud workloads a key component of our platform, beginning with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instance protection. Protecting EC2 instances centers on efficiently managing EBS snapshots and Amazon Machine Images. We’ll dive into how Rubrik simplifies AWS EC2 protection in a follow-up blog post. But first, we need to level-set our understanding of related AWS technologies and the possibilities and challenges they present.  Let’s begin with the different storage types that an EC2 instance uses. What is an EC2 Instance Store? An instance store is temporary or ephemeral block storage for EC2 instances. It’s a logical volume…