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Rubrik -  - Want Google Cloud for Data Retention? Rubrik Has You Covered!

Want Google Cloud for Data Retention? Rubrik Has You Covered!

Rubrik has long provided customers the option to archive backup data to public cloud storage offerings such as Amazon Web Services S3 and Microsoft Azure Blob Storage. Archiving data to public cloud storage has become an attractive alternative to tape media for customers who require off-site retention of backup data. Many users recognize that public cloud storage solutions provide better durability, scalability, resiliency, availability, and convenience than tape media — and at a lower price point. Continuing our commitment to provide customers with choice of public cloud options, Rubrik has added support for archiving to Google Cloud Storage in our new Alta 4.1 release. To better understand Rubrik’s integration, let’s first go over object storage technology and the basics of Google Cloud Storage. Object Storage Overview Google Cloud Storage is an object storage solution that is offered as part of the Google Cloud Platform. At its core, object storage offers users a non-hierarchical namespace in which they can store different types of data using simple HTTP calls. Typical use cases for object storage include: Hosting web pages, videos, and music files A repository for user home directories Backend storage for file-sharing applications such as Dropbox Archiving target for backup data…
Rubrik -  - Ready for Microsoft Azure Stack? Rubrik Is!

Ready for Microsoft Azure Stack? Rubrik Is!

Today, a developer that enjoys the robust features and ease-of-use of public clouds is often constrained by the lack of comparable services in most private cloud solutions. Likewise, cloud operators who develop workflows for managing their public cloud infrastructure find they must create new workflows to manage their private cloud environment due to incompatible tooling and APIs. To address this gap, Microsoft created Azure Stack, which provides public cloud capabilities inside a user’s data center. What Is Azure Stack? Unlike most vendors, Microsoft didn’t attempt to create a private cloud platform that was compatible with public cloud. Instead, they built Azure Stack by instantiating Azure in a private cloud form factor as an extension of its public cloud. The best way to think about Azure Stack is as an on-premises extension of an Azure Cloud subscriptions. Microsoft’s goal with Azure Stack is to give users the same experience and capabilities as Azure Cloud, with common services, APIs, and interfaces. Source: White Paper – Azure Stack: An extension of Azure – 2017 In his blog post comparing Azure Stack with VMware Cloud on AWS, Massimo Re Ferre’ phrases it well when explaining that Microsoft “looked at it from the application architecture and…
Rubrik -  - Choose Your Cloud: Rubrik Enhances Multi-cloud Management

Choose Your Cloud: Rubrik Enhances Multi-cloud Management

At Rubrik, we are focused on architecting a complete enterprise data management platform from data center to cloud. The Rubrik Alta 4.0 release furthered this vision by rounding out support for the key modern physical and virtual environments in the enterprise with Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV support, instant recovery for SQL Server, native Oracle data management, and CloudOn instantiation services for AWS. Today, we are excited to announce Rubrik Alta 4.1, our tenth product release in three years. The release completes support for all major public cloud providers with Google Cloud Platform and expands CloudOn instantiation services to Azure. Here are the key highlights of Alta 4.1: Server-less test/dev and DR on Microsoft Azure With Alta 4.1, Rubrik CloudOn instantiation services now support both AWS and Azure. Enterprises can now instantiate VMs in Azure (in addition to 4.0 CloudOn support for AWS) through a “server-less” conversion of VMs to cloud instances for cost-efficient disaster recovery and test/development. CloudOn instantiation lowers costs of such use cases by utilizing cloud services only when needed. Enterprises can now mobilize apps across data center to cloud. Manage all Microsoft apps on one platform Rubrik provides a single platform to manage your entire Microsoft…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik & Cloudian: Efficient Data Management for the Growing Enterprise

Rubrik & Cloudian: Efficient Data Management for the Growing Enterprise

Managing data growth outside of primary storage has become increasingly complex with legacy architectures. Data centers are strapped with outdated hardware and software solutions. As enterprises become more and more reliant on data protection, a need for an affordable management solution has never been greater. Rubrik and Cloudian streamline how enterprises manage backups and long-term data retention in hybrid cloud environments. Rubrik provides unified end-to-end data management with capabilities such as instant data access, automated protection, and easy orchestration across multi-cloud environments. Enterprises around the world rely on Rubrik to securely manage their data, physical or virtual, across all locations – on-premises, edge of the data center, and cloud. Rubrik delivers a secure and intelligent on-ramp to Cloudian HyperStore. Cloudian HyperStore is designed for enterprise customers and service providers in data-intensive markets where unstructured data demands strain the limits of modern data centers. The solution serves as a highly-scalable on-premises target for data protection with support for policy-based migration to the cloud. Our platform was built from the ground up with simplicity in mind. Rubrik’s integration with Cloudian extends this focus while meeting customers’ business requirements around backup, archive, and disaster recovery. The joint solution delivers unlimited scale, security, and…
Rubrik -  - Accelerating Your Cloud Data Management Strategy

Accelerating Your Cloud Data Management Strategy

In my previous blog post, I responded to a Gestalt IT article by Tim Carr that reviewed the typical stages of public cloud adoption in an enterprise. In particular, I focused on Rubrik solutions such as CloudOut, CloudOn, and Cloud Cluster, which provide customers with advanced data management capabilities for each phase of their cloud adoption journey. Tim has followed up his article with a deeper look at how enterprises are approaching phase 2 and the important role that cloud data management plays in their journey. Three areas of emphasis that Tim highlights are security, management tool sprawl, and cloud lock-in. These are areas that Rubrik has thought hard and long about as part of its “clean sheet” approach to data protection and cloud data management. Security While security should always be top of mind, it’s frequently an afterthought addressed in phase 2 or beyond in the cloud journey.  But any time you consider sending data off-premises over the internet, there should be questions about securing data in transit and at rest. Rubrik provides an end-to-end solution beginning with data encrypted as it is being backed up to our Rubrik nodes. Each file is encrypted using client-side encryption prior to data…
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 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) and Microsoft Azure. However, enterprise use cases for the public cloud are not restricted to cloud-native workloads, as originally articulated by AWS and others, but also include more traditional and monolithic applications. As Tim Carr discussed in his recent Gestalt IT blog post, enterprise customers are embracing the public could but typically in a phased approach. 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 for 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 has built solutions into its Cloud Data Management platform focused on the needs of our customers as they…
Rubrik -  - Top 3 Use Cases for Rubrik with Zerto

Top 3 Use Cases for Rubrik with Zerto

In my first post, I’d like to share some of the cool use cases for using Rubrik with Zerto. For the uninitiated, Zerto provides hypervisor-based replication and recovery automation across hypervisors and clouds. The solution delivers RPOs of seconds and RTOs of minutes. Zerto is the logical evolution of storage-based replication/CDP with separate orchestration solutions. Similarly, Rubrik is the logical evolution of data protection and management software that frees your data from underlying infrastructure. If your primary use case is replacing SAN replication and SRM, then Zerto can help simplify and future proof your environment. Likewise, if your primary use case is replacing legacy backup hardware and software, then Rubrik is a no brainer to simplify and future proof. Now that we have established that these are complimentary solutions, here are my top 3 use cases for using them together: 1. Simplify End-to-end Data Protection The first thing users love about both Rubrik and Zerto is that they simplify the complex, enterprise-class backup and replication technologies. In a nutshell, this means that mere mortals with no professional services can achieve the highest levels of data protection assurance with ease. Rubrik delivers the best converged backup solution on the market. It can start ingesting your data to…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik & Oracle: Not Just a Dumb Target

Rubrik & Oracle: Not Just a Dumb Target

Oracle databases are a critical part of many IT environments. With the Rubrik Alta release, we are excited to announce support for Oracle. Our goal is to provide core Rubrik benefits such as immutability and a single policy engine for retention + archival + replication, while tightly integrating with native Oracle capabilities. Our approach is to integrate with RMAN to offer agentless support and allow Oracle DBAs to continue using familiar tools. The integration provides support for ASM – a notable difference from array-based snapshot methods. Rubrik supports all database topologies (RAC, Exadata, etc.) and recovery types. While an easy and technically feasible approach would have been providing an NFS export and stopping there, Rubrik is intentionally not a “dumb target” for database backups. Our engineers rejected that approach as not staying true to the core Rubrik platform benefits. However, we are using NFS as a transport mechanism for ingesting RMAN backups into Oracle. From there, Oracle backups are preserved in an immutable format and managed via the same Rubrik policy that applies to all other datasets. Under the Hood The core new feature that supports Oracle backups is the concept of a Managed Volume – an NFS mount point exposed to…
Rubrik -  - Data Protection Defined and Delivered Through Software

Data Protection Defined and Delivered Through Software

Rubrik has always been a software-focused company. We have successfully converged multiple hardware and software components of the traditional world into a very simple and elegant software-based Cloud Data Management solution. Rubrik unifies backup, instant recovery, replication, search, analytics, archival, compliance, and copy data management into one secure fabric across the data center and public cloud. When we got started, our early customers wanted a turn-key solution, which we fulfilled by shipping industry-standard appliances. Rubrik has now entered the next phase in its journey towards building a robust ecosystem of partners on multiple fronts. One of these fronts is our hardware partners consisting of both server and storage vendors. As we move deeper into the enterprise, customers have made their choice to standardize on a server platform. Our goal is to embrace and extend that by making both these server and storage vendors strategic to our success. Our flexible approach allows customers to deploy our software-defined, scale-out solution on any industry standard hardware, as well as store that data on any cost-effective deep storage. This flexibility also lends itself to hybrid cloud infrastructure as a service offering. Delivering as software-only provides multiple deployment and service options to fit the needs of…

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