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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…
Rubrik -  - End-to-End Data Management with Nutanix AHV

End-to-End Data Management with Nutanix AHV

Last week, we announced Rubrik Alta, our ninth and most significant product release. Alta brings many cool, innovative additions. One of the items that I’m most excited about is support for Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) virtual machines. Rubrik now provides end-to-end data management for Nutanix. So, users can securely access data instantly, automate protection policies, and manage their AHV workloads. Rubrik has long supported VMware vSphere on the Nutanix platform. But Rubrik is excited to extend its partnership with Nutanix to be one of the first platforms to support native AHV backup and recovery. Alta’s support for AHV, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware, enables customers to orchestrate application data across multi-hypervisor and multi-cloud environments. Here’s how it works: Rubrik capitalizes on enhancements to Acropolis Block Services (ABS), such as Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) support. As you probably know, we’re all about the APIs. Rubrik leverages Nutanix’s new-and-improved REST 3.0 API to interact with Nutanix Changed Region Tracking (CRT) and query the changed metadata regions given any two snapshots of a virtual disk or VM. This approach is indispensable for taking incremental backups because of its efficiency. It’s also useful for taking full backups since the API identifies regions that are zeroed, therefore saving on…
Rubrik -  - Introducing Alta: Instant Application Availability for the Modern Enterprise

Introducing Alta: Instant Application Availability for the Modern Enterprise

At Rubrik, we have an obsessive focus on our customers. We’ve built a simple and elegant product to address our customers’ pain points in managing enterprise data. Today, we’re amplifying this objective by introducing Alta, Rubrik’s ninth and most significant product release. This release delivers more new features than any previous release to offer the complete enterprise data management solution. Rubrik Alta provides instant application availability anytime, anywhere regardless of infrastructure. With Rubrik Alta, customers can: Protect and manage any environment – virtual, physical, or cloud. Rubrik Alta encompasses all major hypervisors by introducing integration with Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV. This expands the simplicity and elegance of Rubrik’s solution to key physical and virtualized environments in enterprise data centers — all within a unified user experience. Customers can now orchestrate application data across multi-hypervisors and cloud environments. Automate protection and recovery of Oracle. As the most used database, Oracle support has been an important ask from our customers. We value our customers’ feedback and are thrilled to extend Rubrik’s simplicity to backup Oracle workloads. Rubrik Alta adds this support by integrating with Oracle RMAN. Oracle database admins can continue to use their preferred tools while benefiting from policy-based management for…
Rubrik -  - Integrating Rubrik with ServiceNow for Rich Self-Service

Integrating Rubrik with ServiceNow for Rich Self-Service

A key part of simple, hands-free data management is automation. That’s why Rubrik provides a suite of RESTful APIs for creating custom workflows. This post walks you through Rubrik’s integration with ServiceNow and some common use cases. ServiceNow is a cloud-based IT service management platform designed to reduce costs and increase business agility across all ITIL processes. Their rich integration system is built into their platform and enables end users to connect with third-party systems that may be otherwise unavailable. Rubrik’s integration with ServiceNow is a custom app that provides common backup and recovery workflows to the end user and helpdesk team through items presented in the ServiceNow Service Catalog. Ultimately, this functionality provides a higher level of self-service that is ITIL compliant and aligns with existing business rules.   What exactly can you do with the ServiceNow & Rubrik integration? ServiceNow Service Catalog The Service Catalog lists form-based requests for the help desk or end users who use ServiceNow as a central point of inquiry. Rubrik’s integration includes catalog items that are easily found within the Rubrik category. These items can also be moved into more user-friendly categories to align with the service desk standards. While it may seem…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Now Protects Cloud Apps Running in AWS and Azure

Rubrik Now Protects Cloud Apps Running in AWS and Azure

Today, we’re excited to announce that Rubrik now delivers data protection (backup and recovery, replication and DR, archival, search, and more) for applications running in AWS and Azure. It’s easy to get started. Once you’re part of our Early Access program, we’ll provide the AMI/VHD directly to the AWS/Azure account for you to spin up on our recommended compute instances. With Rubrik, you can: Get up and running in minutes by deploying Rubrik as a software instance on AWS and Azure. Protect cloud applications, deliver inter- and intra-cloud replication (Azure to AWS, across AWS regions, across Azure regions), bi-directional replication between cloud and on-prem, cloud data archival, and more. Avoid cloud vendor lock-in by easily migrating data from public cloud to public cloud to optimize application service quality. Achieve unprecedented management simplicity by using the same consumer-grade HTML5 interface to manage applications on-premises, at the edge, and in the cloud. Start small and scale-out easily by growing the Rubrik cluster in lock-step with cloud data growth. All data is indexed and efficiently stored in a single, scale-out repository while providing data resiliency. Instantly locate and deliver application-consistent recoveries for data born in the cloud, including files, folders, filesets, VM, and…
Rubrik -  - Integrating Rubrik with Redhat Cloudforms Through Ansible Automation

Integrating Rubrik with Redhat Cloudforms Through Ansible Automation

One of Rubrik’s principle tenants is integrated automation made possible by its rich suite of RESTful APIs. Rubrik follows an API-first architecture to enable infrastructure automation with third party services, including simplification of data management tasks and integration with configuration management tools. One example of custom workflows with Rubrik’s APIs is with VMware vRealize Automation. In this post, I will demonstrate another example of automated orchestration with Rubrik with Redhat Cloudforms and Ansible. Introducing Redhat CloudForms and Ansible Tower As of Redhat Cloudforms version 4.1, Ansible Tower is natively integrated. With this integration, Red Hat CloudForms leverages the automation capabilities of Ansible, enabling Ansible Job Templates to be launched from CloudForms Service Catalog as a Service Item. Ansible Tower is a configuration management tool designed to help automate infrastructure operations. Ansible Tower features management of host inventory, Ansible playbooks, access keys and passwords, as well as detailed reporting and auditing of infrastructure deployments. CloudForms is a hybrid cloud management platform based on the ManageIQ community. CloudForms provides a myriad of functions that include: Monitoring and tracking Capacity management and planning Resource usage and optimization Workload life-cycle management Policies to govern access and usage Self-service portal and catalog Controls to manage…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik, How Are My SLAs Doing?

Rubrik, How Are My SLAs Doing?

At Rubrik, we hold a hackathon every year so that engineers have an opportunity to work on their creative ideas. Hackathon projects can include product features, productivity related improvements, and exploratory concepts. This year was our second hackathon, which was held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. There was a tremendous amount of excitement built up to the day of the hackathon. As it neared, we were constantly reminded to think of ideas, form teams, and chalk up a plan of execution. Our customers love Rubrik’s simplicity. Rubrik’s UI is minimalistic, user-friendly, and intuitive. The question I asked myself was how can I redefine how customers interact with their Rubrik cluster? The answer – a voice based conversational interface that would make our product even more easy to use. Let’s begin by answering our customers’ most important question – “How are my SLAs doing?” So how did I set out to do this? First, I figured out what building blocks to use. Amazon Lex enables one to quickly and easily build sophisticated, natural language, conversational bots. With Amazon Lex, I could define intents and train the bot to identify these intents. A simple example of intent is to know the…

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