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Rubrik -  - Introducing Cloud-Native Protection for Google Cloud Platform

Introducing Cloud-Native Protection for Google Cloud Platform

Rubrik was built from the ground up for the cloud. Empowering the data-forward enterprise has always been part of our DNA, and it’s clear that the cloud has a critical role for organizations looking to uncap new value and use cases with their exploding amount of data–all while driving operational efficiency. Rubrik started its cloud protection journey with its cloud-native support for AWS and Azure, and today we’re thrilled to announce that Rubrik’s Polaris Cloud-Native Protection for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is now generally available! “Rubrik’s collaboration with Google Cloud introduces a rich new cloud backup service to support native GCP workloads,” said Manvinder Singh, Director IaaS/PaaS Partnerships, Google Cloud. “Delivered as a service and driven by a suite of APIs, the solution leverages the simplicity and SLA policy tenets that are foundational to Rubrik’s offerings. As more enterprises migrate their workloads to GCP, this solution will deliver tremendous value to our joint customers.” Cloud Is Hard When designing Polaris Cloud-Native Protection for GCP, our approach focused on solving the biggest data management challenges based on customer feedback and conversations. These include: Complex Policy Management: A typical cloud architecture often involves hundreds of different accounts and subscriptions across several cloud…
Rubrik -  - Combat Ransomware & Increase Resiliency with Rubrik and Azure

Combat Ransomware & Increase Resiliency with Rubrik and Azure

It’s 2020, and the frequency of and repercussions from ransomware are getting worse. Bad actors are taking advantage of increases in remote work and the lapses or gaps in security measures as the attack-surface spreads. In Q1 2020, the average enterprise ransom payment increased to $111,605, up 33% from Q4 of 2019. Business interruption costs are often 5-10x higher than direct ransomware incident costs. Lost revenue, downtime, and brand damage are factors that severely affect victims of ransomware if they’re unable to recover quickly. Recently, Karl Rautenstrauch, Principal Program Manager with the Microsoft Azure engineering team, gave a highly informative presentation about how Rubrik and Microsoft Azure are a powerhouse combination in helping to defeat ransomware. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation: A Common Ransomware Reality The following scenario happened to an Azure customer. It’s a bad story, but it’s one everyone can learn from. The customer’s entire network was impacted by a particularly nefarious form of ransomware that not only deleted content on users’ workstations where the ransomware was first encountered, but reached out across the network and deleted content from NAS appliances and from an appliance used to back up to the Azure Cloud. The ransomware…
Rubrik -  - Automating CloudOut to Amazon S3 Configuration

Automating CloudOut to Amazon S3 Configuration

The ability to archive data to Amazon S3 has been part of the Rubrik platform since our very first product release. This feature, CloudOut, automates lifecycle management by archiving older, mostly unused data to public cloud storage tiers. Using public cloud is often more cost effective and reliable than tape for long-term data retention and has been widely adopted by Rubrik customers.  More details about designing a CloudOut to S3 solution can be found in this blog post.  Preparing your AWS environment for CloudOut is not necessarily difficult, but leveraging automation enables consistent configuration when there are several archive locations. Automating the process utilizing the tools described below not only decreases the chance of error and saves valuable time, but also helps prevent misconfiguration and supports a more reliable and consistent environment.  For these reasons, many of our customers automate the configuration of their AWS environment for CloudOut. The Rubrik Cluster’s archival settings can also be configured using an automation tool. This blog post will cover automating CloudOut to S3 resource configuration using the tools our customers most commonly use: AWS CloudFormation, Ansible, and Terraform. Automation with AWS CloudFormation AWS CloudFormation provides a common language to model and provision all…
Rubrik -  - Designing A CloudOut to Amazon S3 Solution

Designing A CloudOut to Amazon S3 Solution

The majority of Rubrik customers take advantage of our CloudOut capability to archive backup data to a public cloud service provider, often as a replacement for tape. Cloud offers better response times than tape in the event that you must restore data from archive. This solution provides a cost-effective approach and reliable long-term retention. Through the lens of Zaffre Fashion Group (Zaffre), our own field-tested fictional enterprise based on how customers commonly use our product, we’ll examine how a CloudOut to Amazon S3 solution can be architected. Solution Overview As part of their cloud-first strategy, Zaffre leverages CloudOut to support compliance, eliminate tape, and meet long-term retention requirements. Cloud adoption efforts began in 2017 by selecting AWS as the cloud archive location to store on-premises data for a regulatory period.  The long-term retention location is specified as a cloud archive within the Rubrik SLA Domain. This means that once a workload is protected, Rubrik automatically ensures that: Snapshots that have exceeded their local retention threshold are marked for archive. Snapshots and metadata are uploaded to the archive location. Snapshots are marked for expiry once the archive retention threshold is exceeded. Archive consolidation efficiently manages and removes expired snapshots. The following…
Rubrik -  - How to Design Cloud-Native Application Protection for AWS

How to Design Cloud-Native Application Protection for AWS

Designing enterprise architecture is a tough job at any scale. It requires wearing numerous strategic and tactical hats across business and technology subject matters. And, on top of that, days are often filled with never-ending meetings where your mood can be surprisingly dictated by participants’ virtual backgrounds–from tranquil beaches to Brady Bunch. Cloud computing has added interesting wrinkles to the role of an Enterprise Architect (EA). Whereas prior years were focused on data center layout and infrastructure deployments, modern times have pivoted towards an entirely new way of constructing services. Today’s challenges combine a heavy mixture of cloud-native applications, continuous integration and delivery pipelines, API contracts, tag-based governance, service meshes, and other developer-centric frameworks being stitched into on-premises environments to create a hybrid cloud. From Infrastructure to Platforms I consider cloud a sunset for infrastructure engineering and a dawn for platform development. EAs are asked to evaluate migrating “old but financially relevant” on-premises infrastructure and applications into the cloud. Many of these solutions carry baggage from years of updates and redesigns. Getting them to play nicely with the hip, shiny cloud-native applications and services is a golden opportunity. Paying down technical debt or removing some oddball design created by an…
Rubrik -  - Introducing Rubrik API Code Capture Chrome Extension

Introducing Rubrik API Code Capture Chrome Extension

If you’re familiar with Rubrik’s product suite at all, you’ve probably heard us talk about our API-driven architecture, a design principle that has been key to our technology since day 1. This architecture all boils down to our goal of helping customers leverage automation to simplify data protection and management tasks, allowing IT teams to spend time on more strategic projects.  Automation using Rubrik’s REST–and now GraphQL–endpoints can be executed for a variety of use cases. But one of the most common questions I hear from customers is how do I automate X task? One of the easiest ways to determine which APIs to use is to complete the workflow within the Rubrik UI and then monitor which APIs are being consumed during that process. To make this whole process even more efficient, I’m excited to introduce the Rubrik API Code Capture Chrome Extension, now available for anyone to download. This extension makes monitoring API calls more digestible for our end users, allowing them to easily determine which API calls should be used in their external scripts. While Rubrik API Code Capture is useful for any IT organization, it’s especially effective for those who are newer to automation and scripting. Benefits…
Rubrik -  - Role-Based Access Control Enhancements and Best Practices

Role-Based Access Control Enhancements and Best Practices

The Rubrik Andes 5.2 release, now Generally Available, introduced a variety of capabilities to advance enterprise security, compliance, and resilience. One of our most significant enhancements is with our Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) capability, which is designed to help maximize operational efficiency, safeguard against unauthorized access, reduce admin and IT support work, and make it easier to meet audit requirements. Least privilege—the practice of assigning each user the precise amount of privileges to perform their jobs and nothing more—is one of the most fundamental security principles. With our new RBAC capabilities, you can now enforce least privilege and separation of duties policies and achieve all of the above benefits. What is new for RBAC? Andes 5.2 introduces the following three RBAC roles:  Custom Role  Each organization has different requirements and operational processes. Oftentimes, the pre-defined build-in roles won’t be specific enough. They either grant too few or too many privileges that each user needs to undertake. To resolve this problem, Andes 5.2 allows you to create custom roles that grant the precise privileges based on your users’ responsibilities at a more fine-grained level.   Infrastructure Administrator Role  This role is designed for IT personas who are responsible for setting up the…
Rubrik -  - Bringing Flexibility and Choice to the Rubrik SDK for PowerShell

Bringing Flexibility and Choice to the Rubrik SDK for PowerShell

Rubrik prides itself on delivering an API-first architecture in which anything that can be done within the user interface can also be accomplished through an API request. This design brings flexibility to our customers, extending Rubrik Cloud Data Management functionality directly into their automation workflows, offering them choice around how they would like to consume Rubrik. We’ve taken this approach one step further by providing the ability to customize exactly how our PowerShell module acts and performs. Customers can now take advantage of module options and default parameter values with the addition of a user-based options file utilized by the module. Let’s dive into each option available. Default Parameter Values Customers can now define default values to any of the parameters within SDK by using these new cmdlets: Get-RubrikModuleDefaultParameter Set-RubrikModuleDefaultParameter Remove-RubrikModuleDefaultParameter These default values are then applied globally across all the PowerShell module cmdlets. For example, the PrimaryClusterId  parameter is present on a wide range of cmdlets within the Rubrik SDK. Rather than constantly providing this value manually during cmdlet execution, a default value could be sent automatically by executing the following code: Set-RubrikModuleDefaultParameter -ParameterName PrimaryClusterId -ParameterValue “local” As shown below, once set, the local value will be sent to…
Rubrik -  - Helping Customers with Their Cloud Journey

Helping Customers with Their Cloud Journey

There was a time not so long ago when adopting the public cloud was considered too big of a risk for the enterprise. Today, enterprises are seeing public cloud vendors as strategic partners and exploring new ways to leverage the innovation, agility, and scale of providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Tim Carr explains how enterprises are embracing the public cloud in a phased approach in this Gestalt IT blog post.  Source: Can a Backup Appliance Really Help your Enterprise Cloud Strategy? – Part 2 These cloud journey phases often look like this: Phase 1: Leverage basic public cloud services that require minimal changes to current workloads or processes. Phase 2: Build out an infrastructure using public cloud resources for new workloads or migrating existing on-premises workloads. Phase 3: Refactor applications to take advantage of public cloud scale and innovations, including more advanced public cloud services. Rubrik was born in the cloud era providing a web-scale platform from day one. Our very first product natively integrated with AWS with a hybrid-cloud operating model, and we’re taking that journey with you. The platform use cases expand as you move up the pyramid of phases in Tim’s diagram…