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Rubrik -  - Rubrik Archive Consolidation for Lower RTOs and Storage Costs

Rubrik Archive Consolidation for Lower RTOs and Storage Costs

Most IT admins prefer incremental backups to full ones, as they reduce backup windows, storage costs, and unnecessary redundancy. However, incremental backups can be tricky to manage, particularly as admins look to safely expire snapshots past their retention date. Since incremental snapshots are incremental relative to previous backups, they form “snapshot chains” that increase in length until the next full backup is taken. As incremental snapshot chains grow, they become slower to recover and costlier to store. With legacy data protection systems, keeping snapshot chains short requires periodic full backups, which are inefficient and costly and can impact SLA compliance.  Challenges of Shortening Snapshot Chains With the legacy approach, an incremental snapshot could be past its expiration date but forbidden from expiring if there are newer incrementals in the chain that require it for recovery. When recovering from an incremental snapshot, the recovery aggregates the data of that incremental with all previous incrementals in the chain, plus the first full snapshot, which anchors the chain. As a result, the chain cannot expire until every snapshot in the chain has expired. This method requires chains to grow increasingly long, which in turn enforces higher RTOs and storage costs. Simplified Archive Management…
Rubrik -  - Data Protection for DataStax Enterprise Search Indexes and Databases

Data Protection for DataStax Enterprise Search Indexes and Databases

DataStax supports a popular feature called DSE Search as part of DataStax Enterprise (DSE). DSE Search allows you to find data and create features like product catalogs, document repositories, and ad-hoc reports. It uses Apache Solr in the backend to enable search operations on any existing DSE table by creating a Solr index in DSE. In the event of data loss, administrators need to restore the DSE data and then rebuild the indexes from scratch, a process that  can take days. Using Rubrik Mosaic™, you can now backup and restore DSE Search indexes and their data at wire speed, saving you days of application downtime. Let’s dive deeper into how it all works. At its core, DSE Search comprises the DSE Enterprise database, Apache Solr search interface, and Apache Lucene engine for indexing and search. When enabled, DSE Search indexes the data distributed on each Cassandra node using Solr and Lucene libraries. Each search node maintains the highly-optimized search index of data stored on that node. The search indexes are stored alongside the data in the Cassandra data directory. These indexes are built incrementally over time as new data is written to the Cassandra node. In order to utilize the…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik + NetApp: Automate Data Lifecycle Management at Cloud Scale

Rubrik + NetApp: Automate Data Lifecycle Management at Cloud Scale

In the 20+ years I’ve been working in tech, one of the things that stands out at Rubrik is its customer and partner-centric approach to building solutions. Here, customer feedback helps drive our roadmap, and we know our partners are critical for delivering our solutions. We’re always looking for ways to expand our ecosystem, which is why we’re thrilled about our new strategic alliance partner, NetApp. Today, we’re kicking off our partnership with Rubrik Cloud Data Management for NetApp StorageGRID, which enables enterprises to optimize data lifecycle management on cloud-scale architectures. NetApp StorageGRID is well-known throughout the industry, and just like Rubrik, the secret sauce is their policy engine. NetApp StorageGRID is a software-defined object storage solution that supports industry-standard object APIs such as the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) API. Users can create multiple service levels with metadata-driven object lifecycle policies, optimizing durability, protection, performance, cost, and location across multiple geographies. As requirements change, users can adjust policies and realign their data landscape. With Rubrik and NetApp StorageGRID, you can now automate data lifecycle management through Rubrik’s simple control plane while using StorageGRID as a cloud-scale object-based archive target. Both Rubrik and StorageGRID index file metadata to enable…
Rubrik -  - How to Protect Mission-Critical Oracle Databases with Rubrik

How to Protect Mission-Critical Oracle Databases with Rubrik

When it comes to protecting mission-critical Oracle databases, many DBAs have traditionally turned to Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN).  However, with thousands of options and hundreds of scripts, protecting Oracle databases at scale can be a challenge for even the most seasoned DBA.  This blog wiIl explore how Rubrik Cloud Data Management simplifies the protection of Oracle databases by enabling DevOps-centric automation, instant recovery, self-service clones, and streamlined collaboration between DBAs and backup admins.   Automate Oracle Data Protection with Rubrik Backup Service and SLA Domain Policies For organizations looking for a hands-off approach to Oracle data protection, Rubrik provides the Rubrik Backup Service (RBS) and SLA Domain Policies. RBS is a lightweight connector that can be installed on either Linux or UNIX hosts and auto-discovers all of the Oracle real application clusters (RAC), hosts, databases, and tablespaces within the environment.  Once the entire Oracle environment is discovered, users can leverage Rubrik’s intelligent and automated SLA policy engine to create declarative policies that define backup frequency, retention duration, and desired location. After an SLA policy has been mapped, Oracle databases will be automatically protected, replicated, and archived. “One of the biggest advantages with Rubrik over legacy solutions is its policy-based management for…
Rubrik -  - Capturing Data On-Demand Yields New Workflows

Capturing Data On-Demand Yields New Workflows

The automation of repetitive tasks to ensure consistency and reliability is generally a great focus for technical professionals. This frees up time to tackle other initiatives that help differentiate your business while also limiting the amount of context switching required to get through various projects. The net result is an increase in speed and a more satisfying work experience. Rubrik’s SLA Domains provide a great deal of automation by scheduling all of the policy-driven snapshots required to meet your defined recovery point objectives (RPOs) for various workloads. However, there are times when ingesting data using an on-demand snapshot makes more sense than relying on the intelligent scheduler baked into Rubrik’s software stack. I’ve spoken with many customers who are actively leveraging on-demand snapshots to tackle some interesting workflows in both manual and automated workflows. In this post, I will dive deep into the architecture, design considerations, and use cases for on-demand snapshots as part of a larger series on SLA Domains. If you’re new to this technology, check out Mike Wilson’s post that introduces the concept of SLA Domains. The Advantages of On-Demand Snapshots Almost all systems have a mechanism in place to store state. This ranges from hypervisor snapshots,…
Rubrik -  - Deploying a Secure Data Protection as a Service Solution with Rubrik Polaris

Deploying a Secure Data Protection as a Service Solution with Rubrik Polaris

Cloud security is one of the topics du jour in the enterprise IT space. In fact, it’s a big enough topic that Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted their own security conference, AWS re:Inforce, back in June. It highlights the challenge with securing your data in the cloud,  especially if you are using tools and approaches that were not designed for security from the start. Not adhering to good security practices exposes cloud customers to the potential risk of being hacked and having data stolen. To assist customers and partners with building secure solutions, AWS has codified recommended practices and principles into the security pillar of their AWS Well-Architected Framework. The Well-Architected Framework is a tool for evaluating the soundness of any solution running on AWS and leveraging their services. The framework is comprised of five conceptual areas called pillars, including the security pillar.  So where does Rubrik Polaris fit into this picture? We previously announced the general availability of AWS native protection support in Rubrik Polaris, our Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for cloud data management. Now, we want to explore how Polaris is able to build a secure solution for protecting Amazon EC2 instances and Amazon EBS volumes using the recommended…
Rubrik -  - Automating VM Protection in Rubrik with vSphere Tags

Automating VM Protection in Rubrik with vSphere Tags

An oft ignored but useful organization tool, tags are labels that can be applied in your VMware inventory to organize and sort objects. Tags allow you to attach metadata to objects, making it easier to sort and search through your inventory. But wait…there’s more. Tags can also be used in conjunction with other programs like vRealize Automation to help manage an objects lifecycle.  Seen in the picture below is an assigned tag on a VM. To get the most out of vSphere tags, it’s important to also understand the concept of categories.  Categories can be used to group your tags together. Think of it like a large filing cabinet: each drawer is a category, and inside of a drawer, there are folders with objects. These folders have a tag or label on the top. As an example, you may create the category of Operating Systems  that contains tags like Windows 10  or Windows 7  and so on. Here is a very simple diagram of the hierarchy: This is one of the ways tags and categories can be used to help organize your environment. Here’s how you add a category for tags in vSphere: So what could we use categories and…
Rubrik -  - Announcing Rubrik Mosaic for NoSQL

Announcing Rubrik Mosaic for NoSQL

Today, we’re excited to announce Rubrik Mosaic™ 3.1, formerly Rubrik Datos IO, with enhancements to help organizations protect and manage their Apache Cassandra, DataStax Enterprise, and MongoDB NoSQL databases. This new release includes a host of new features, including support for Microsoft Azure Marketplace availability, the latest database versions and features, new productivity tools integration, and improved performance. Mosaic sets the standard for NoSQL database protection in the cloud, on-premises, and hybrid cloud.  Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new: Support for DataStax Enterprise 6.0 and DSE Search Mosaic now supports DSE 6.0 and 6.7 transparently. With version 6, DataStax implemented a new index format for SSTables that improves performance. Thanks to our partnership with DataStax, Rubrik Mosaic utilizes a new utility purpose-built by DataStax to offer support for DSE 6. If you’re considering an upgrade to DataStax Enterprise, you’ll want Mosaic 3.1. DataStax Enterprise Search is a popular feature, particularly for customers implementing catalogs, document repositories, ad-hoc reporting engines, and other applications that rely heavily on indexing. DataStax uses Apache Solr in the backend to enable search operations on any existing DSE table by creating a Solr index in DSE. With Mosaic 3.1, customers no longer need to rebuild…
Rubrik -  - Now in Rubrik: Orchestrated DR, Continuous Data Protection, and SLA Policy-Based Advancements

Now in Rubrik: Orchestrated DR, Continuous Data Protection, and SLA Policy-Based Advancements

At Rubrik, we’re committed to developing strong technology partnerships so that our customers can seamlessly use Rubrik’s innovative solutions to meet business SLAs with their existing systems. One of these critical technology partnerships is with VMware, as many of our customers running on VMware leverage Rubrik to protect their environments, eliminate data management complexity, and unlock massive savings. Today, we’re thrilled to announce additional innovations for VMware with Rubrik Andes 5.1, which delivers groundbreaking solutions for data classification, DR orchestration, and continuous data protection across Rubrik Cloud Data Management (RCDM) and Rubrik Polaris SaaS platform.  Cloud DR Orchestration. VMware to AWS. When it comes to DR runbook creation and execution, many organizations continue to rely on manual processes. These labor-intensive tasks are often error prone, slow, and can lead to loss of critical data. To ensure a high degree of availability and protection, all organizations will benefit from the use of DR orchestration – creating automated, repeatable, testable plans that are integrated directly into IT environments and processes.  Polaris AppFlows is a new SaaS application that delivers radically simple DR orchestration: failover, failback, application migration, and non-disruptive testing from VMware data centers to AWS. AppFlows is tightly integrated into the…