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Rubrik -  - Using Ansible with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

Using Ansible with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

Automation is at the heart of Rubrik. Whether we’re automating our test framework or making our APIs as easy to consume as possible through our Python and Go SDKs, we’re always looking for ways to help our users increase automation adoption. When speaking with our customers, it’s clear that automation is also top of mind for them, with infrastructure-as-code being a common theme. That’s why I’m happy to announce the availability of the Rubrik Modules for Red Hat Ansible! Ansible is an open source orchestration tool that allows you to provision, manage, and codify your infrastructure. Ansible uses the language Playbooks  for configuration, deployment, and orchestration. You can simply define the desired infrastructure configuration in your Playbook, and Ansible will update the target environment in an idempotent manner. An Ansible module is responsible for understanding API interactions and exposing the resources from a given infrastructure, platform, or SaaS offering to Ansible. The initial release of the Rubrik Modules for Ansible includes: rik_assign_physical_host_fileset rubrik_cluster_version rubrik_job_status                 rubrik_assign_sla                                                   rubrik_bootstrap                                          Rubrik_on_demand_snapshot Rubrik_end_user_authorization rubrik_nas_fileset rubrik_physical_host rubrik_dns_servers rubrik_managed_volume rubrik_physical_fileset Let’s walk through an example of how Playbook Ansible works. Using the Rubrik Modules for Ansible, you can write a file that automatically takes…
Rubrik -  - Provision and Protect vRealize Workloads

Provision and Protect vRealize Workloads

“Software-defined” has taken over the data center, leading to many businesses adopting an IT-as-a-service approach. Leveraging a self-service approach streamlines processes by allowing users to provision as many VMs as desired on-demand. Goodbye to creating trouble tickets just so an IT administrator will create a VM! However, the self-service approach can also make lifecycle management a challenge. How do you ensure that these newly created workloads are protected? One option is to implement a modern API-driven solution with a single software fabric that allows the provisioning tool to assign a backup policy at the creation of the workload. This technique is known as Provision and Protect and can be executed using Rubrik’s APIs and the provisioning tool of your choice. Rubrik was built to be API-first since day one. Way back in 2015, Rubrik announced the ability to integrate with VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO), which allows administrators to automate tasks in both VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and vSphere. For the Provision and Protect use case, Rubrik can be integrated into existing or new vRA blueprints surrounding VM provisioning, requiring users to select an SLA Domain during the provisioning process. This ensures that each and every time a vRA catalog item…
Rubrik -  - Tech Walkthrough: Amazon EC2 Protection with Rubrik

Tech Walkthrough: Amazon EC2 Protection with Rubrik

In a previous post, I previewed Rubrik’s support for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) native protection, and it’s been rewarding seeing customers use this capability to protect their AWS workloads. With the exciting announcements recently revealed at AWS re:Invent, this is a good time to walk through some of Rubrik’s Amazon EC2 protection capabilities. Prerequisites First thing you’ll need is an AWS account with some Amazon EC2 instances launched and running in one or more AWS Regions. Note that these instances must be using Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) volumes since Rubrik will be leveraging Amazon EBS snapshots for data protection. On the Rubrik side, you’ll need either a Rubrik instance running on-premises with network connectivity to AWS or a Rubrik Cloud Cluster with access to your AWS account. There is also some preliminary configuration work, detailed in Rubrik documentation, that has to be completed before we can start managing native Amazon EC2 protection: Identify a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and Subnet where the transient Rubirk EC2 instance will be launched. This Rubrik instance will be used for the indexing of Amazon EBS snapshots. Create a Security Group that allows inbound access over TCP through ports 2002 and 7780. This…
Rubrik -  - Introducing Rubrik Protection for Epic EHR

Introducing Rubrik Protection for Epic EHR

How confident are you in your Epic EHR data backups? Here at Rubrik, we understand that our healthcare customers rely on their electronic healthcare record (EHR) system for real-time access to patient health data. Any downtime of this mission-critical system would jeopardize the quality of patient care and risk non-compliance with HIPAA and other regulatory requirements. Unfortunately, legacy backup solutions are increasingly stretched by the explosive growth of healthcare data and rising intensity of ransomware and malware attacks. Protecting large EHR systems is difficult, with slow backup and recovery performance potentially compromising patient data availability. Without proper security, backups of production data are equally vulnerable to ransomware attacks. And on top of these security risks, legacy backup systems are complex and require significant management time, often from dedicated specialists. With Andes 5.0, Rubrik addresses these pain points by extending its policy-driven data protection to both physical and virtualized Epic EHR systems. Here are a few of the key differentiators that set Rubrik apart: High-performance backups. Rubrik Cloud Data Management (CDM) accelerates Epic backups with parallel ingestion and an incremental-forever approach, with no impact on the Epic production system. SLA policy-driven automation. Through a single policy engine, backup administrators create and…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Datos IO Streaming Recovery: Near-Zero RTO for NoSQL Databases

Rubrik Datos IO Streaming Recovery: Near-Zero RTO for NoSQL Databases

Backup and recovery has been overlooked as backwaters of enterprise data. Innovations were incremental at best until the arrival of Rubrik, the company that led the world to rethink backup and recovery as the frontier of data management for cloud-connected enterprises. Data protection has long been a pain point for enterprises across industries. Applications built on top of traditional databases like Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or IBM DB2 are generally stateful end-to-end. This means that whether you are recovering from media failures, site loss or user errors, you must first shutdown the application, recover the backend database, and reconnect your application before consumers can access it again. However, things are different in the world of next-generation applications that are deployed on modern distributed architectures such as NoSQL databases (MongoDB, Apache Cassandra, DataStax, CouchBase, Apache HBase, and many others). Shared-nothing architectures, eventually consistency nature of write operations, and scale-out capabilities force us to rethink NoSQL backup and recovery. But probably the most important aspect is the shear scale of data sets that are stored and maintained in these modern NoSQL databases. These databases power a number of modern enterprise use cases, including Internet of Things (IoT), security/customer real-time analytics, customer 360…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Delivers Certified Protection for SAP HANA

Rubrik Delivers Certified Protection for SAP HANA

Enterprises are undergoing a dizzying pace of digital transformation. For many organizations, real-time analytics and insights are critical to their transformation success, and SAP HANA is their database of choice. SAP HANA is an in-memory database platform that offers a range of analytics processing capabilities to support enterprise-grade workloads, including SAP’s own 4th Gen product–S4/HANA. In our conversations with customers, it became clear that there is a fast-growing need for simple, scalable SAP HANA protection. To address our customers’ pain points, I’m pleased to share that Rubrik Andes 5.0, our fourteenth and biggest release to date, introduces SAP-certified protection for SAP HANA databases. Under the hood, Rubrik integrates with the Backint interface of SAP HANA to ensure complete protection of customer data. Rubrik brings flexibility and its trademark policy automation for even the largest SAP HANA databases. Here are the some of the key highlights of our integration: Native Integrations: Admins use SAP tools for most of their day-to-day activities, and data protection is an integral part of SAP HANA administration. Considering this, Rubrik has tightly integrated with SAP’s native tools like SAP HANA Cockpit and Studio so that DBAs and backup admins can continue using their existing tools and…
Rubrik -  - Providing Cost-effective NAS Protection for Enterprise Customers via NAS Direct Archive

Providing Cost-effective NAS Protection for Enterprise Customers via NAS Direct Archive

Given the recent digital explosion, the size of our customers’ NAS environments has drastically increased. A big reason for this is the relative ease with which companies can deploy, manage, and scale NAS storage systems. As more and more critical data makes their way to NAS systems (e.g., medical images, design files, and sensitive documents), enterprises are increasing their focus on NAS protection. Rubrik is a one-stop shop for enterprise data protection, and a large component of this protection is NAS. Given the significant size of our customers’ NAS environments, Rubrik built NAS Direct Archive with our new Andes 5.0 release to address the challenge of efficiently protecting large NAS environments. NAS Direct Archive combines our customers’ desire for a cost-efficient solution with Rubrik’s trademark simplicity and core capabilities such as single file search and recovery across massive filesets. Our approach delivers global mobility for all our customers’ NAS data by indexing and capturing metadata and orchestrating data to users’ destination of choice–public cloud, object store, or NFS. NAS Direct Archive is a testament to Rubrik’s commitment to tailoring our product to our customers while maintaining our industry leading position as an enterprise data management provider. Here are the top…
Rubrik -  - Think You’re Ready for Digital Transformation? Set up for Success with Rubrik Andes 5.0

Think You’re Ready for Digital Transformation? Set up for Success with Rubrik Andes 5.0

Updated 1/31: Rubrik Andes 5.0 is Generally Available as of January 31, 2019. Digital transformation is top-of-mind for every enterprise. Recent research predicts that by the end of 2019, digital transformation spending will be up 42% from 2017.* At its core, digital transformation means using technology to automate manual processes in order to respond to the market faster. It’s critical for driving key business outcomes such as enabling employees to develop products, delighting customers with rich experiences, and outpacing competition–all while streamlining operations for cost-efficiencies. But in reality, enterprises are still in the infancy stage of their journey. From the beginning, Rubrik was architected to provide the foundation necessary for transitioning into a digital-first company. Here’s how we’ve helped our customers accelerate their digital transformation so far: API-driven automation: CIOs are constantly looking for ways to increase automation to deliver IT-as-a-Service and empower their organization beyond IT. Rubrik was built to be API-first, meaning that everything we do is available over our RESTful APIs. This enables admins to leverage self-service so they can focus on more strategic business goals–faster product development, improved operational efficiencies, and building competitive edge. AI-driven ransomware detection: A ransomware attack is no longer a question of…
Rubrik -  - Fast-Track to the Cloud with Rubrik Accelerator for Microsoft Azure

Fast-Track to the Cloud with Rubrik Accelerator for Microsoft Azure

Every enterprise has ambitions to move to the cloud. But even with a strategy in place, organizations that rely on complex legacy solutions struggle to make that journey in a seamless, cost-efficient way. Rubrik was built to ease this journey through a single software solution that can manage and protect your data, regardless of where it lives. Today, we’re thrilled to further this mission by introducing Rubrik Accelerator for Microsoft Azure (RAMA) to simplify data management across on-premises and Azure environments. This special edition of our Cloud Data Management platform provides new users with free Azure and our well-loved CloudOn instantiation capability. RAMA builds off of our rich Microsoft support, including Office 365, Windows, Hyper-V, SQL Server, Azure, and Azure Stack.   So, why Microsoft and Rubrik? We share a common vision of helping customers accelerate their digital transformation. As Gavriella Schuster said at Microsoft Inspire, “Rubrik can help customers, within 4 clicks, pull all their data and archives into Azure”. Microsoft tapped Rubrik’s shoulder for a joint solution due to our already-strong technical alignment. Rubrik was the first to pioneer the game-changing Live Mount capability for SQL Server, enabling instant recovery and multiple test/dev use cases such as table comparisons…