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Rubrik -  - Introducing rbkcli: Rubrik’s Command Line Interface

Introducing rbkcli: Rubrik’s Command Line Interface

With the rise of public cloud and pay-as-you-grow services, IT environments and data management workflows have changed dramatically. While the cloud brings a variety of benefits–cost savings, mobility, and stronger DR– it also comes with some scary challenges, such as maintaining a cost-efficient infrastructure and meeting retention SLAs. Rubrik was built specifically to solve these challenges and is designed to protect and manage data, irrespective of where that data resides. We’re constantly talking to our customers so that we can continue to develop solutions that address their biggest pain points with cloud adoption. Cloud Innovation Can Lead to Management Headaches  While the cloud presents a multitude of benefits, managing multiple archival configurations and SLAs becomes tricky and often requires a number of tools. To help address this challenge and others, we’re thrilled to introduce rbkcli, a command line interface based on Rubrik APIs. This post walks through how to use a default rbkcli script that’s tailored to assist in managing Rubrik snapshots through APIs. This use case enables users to easily locate snapshots at massive scale within a single interface. Before diving in, let’s go over the basics of rbkcli. All APIs available on Rubrik systems are also available as…
Rubrik -  - Better NAS Backup RPO with Changelist Snapshots

Better NAS Backup RPO with Changelist Snapshots

Although NDMP has long been the de facto approach for protecting NAS data, some limitations have led Rubrik to choose a different approach from day 1, leveraging NFS and SMB instead.  To ensure that customers are able to reliably protect their data and recover quickly from data corruption and data loss, Rubrik takes an approach that obviates the need for complex NDMP implementations. Three-phase Approach NAS protection with Rubrik utilizes a three-phase approach. Each phase is optimized using modern techniques such as snapshot API integration, data partitioning, and parallel file streaming. The Rubrik three-phase approach for NAS protection includes: Scan: Rubrik identifies which files need to be protected for full or incremental backups. Fetch: Rubrik takes the list of files from the Scan phase and reads them over the NAS protocol. Copy: Rubrik compresses, encrypts, and writes the data to either the Rubrik cluster or, using NAS Direct Archive, to an archive location on-premises or in the cloud. NAS Data Scan File scanning has historically been the biggest bottleneck for NAS backup performance. This challenge has only grown as the amount of data has grown. Previous approaches, such as image-level backups, have increased backup performance by avoiding file scanning altogether.…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Intelligent Data Tiering Helps Customers Optimize Microsoft Azure Storage Consumption

Rubrik Intelligent Data Tiering Helps Customers Optimize Microsoft Azure Storage Consumption

The advantage of automation for archiving your protected data in storage tiers is really about one thing – optimizing storage consumption costs. Storing data in Azure Storage Archive or Cool tiers saves costs for enterprises but requires time and effort to retrieve or move that data. Many Rubrik customers store snapshots, or point-in-time images of their workloads, in the public cloud using blob storage. Storage tiering in Azure requires the use of General Purpose v2 (GPv2) storage accounts. Here is a table of the General Purpose v2 storage tiers: * Data housed in the Premium tier cannot be migrated to any other tiers currently Let’s dive a bit deeper into the use cases for utilizing this tiering. For example, suppose you have an audit requirement to store certain year-end financial data for up to 24 months and make the data readily accessible for up to 6 months. That data will be initially stored in the Hot tier for the first 6 months, then moved to the Archive tier, where it will remain until it expires in 17 months and is finally retired. Example use case for using Archive storage tiering In this scenario, tiering is optimal for satisfying retrieval and…
Rubrik -  - Auto-Protect and Cross-Region Replication Using AWS Tags

Auto-Protect and Cross-Region Replication Using AWS Tags

Rubrik Polaris, our innovative SaaS platform, delivers a new breed of data management applications designed to tackle data fragmentation and simplify protection across data centers and clouds.  Many customers who have adopted Polaris leverage the platform for their AWS workloads and are continuing to look for ways to increase automation and ditch manual tasks and ad-hoc scripts.  In response to these needs, Polaris now has the ability to protect Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances and Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes automatically upon creation through the use of snapshots. Once these snapshots have been taken, they can be configured to replicate automatically to another AWS Region. Auto-Protecting Using AWS Tags When speaking with our customers, we found that many want the ability to automatically apply appropriate protection policies to resources whenever an Amazon EC2 instance or Amazon EBS volume is created. By leveraging AWS tags, Polaris gives users the flexibility to determine precisely which resources to protect and when they should be protected. Polaris makes setting up auto-protection using tags incredibly simple to implement. Users simply need to create a tag rule in the Polaris dashboard that specifies the: tag to monitor. AWS account to manage. SLA Domain that…
Rubrik -  - Expanding our Technology Solutions with Microsoft, NetApp, and VMware

Expanding our Technology Solutions with Microsoft, NetApp, and VMware

At Rubrik, we build to make our customers’ work easier across their entire infrastructure, especially as they move to hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Customer feedback drives our product roadmap, and we heavily invest in our partners to deliver critical solutions that solve the biggest enterprise data management challenges.  We’re always looking for new ways to innovate and expand our partner ecosystem and are thrilled to introduce three upcoming solutions! Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come: Protecting Azure NetApp Files with Rubrik Unstructured data brings about new data management challenges. In many large enterprises, the size of unstructured data is in double or even triple-digit petabytes and continues to grow exponentially. The sheer volume of data and number of files, which can run into the billions, makes it difficult for backup software to identify which files to protect, as the entire file system needs to be examined for changes since the last backup. This can result in horribly slow backups, failed backup jobs, and unfavorable resource consumption. To solve these challenges, we recently introduced Rubrik and NetApp StorageGRID, which enables users to automate data lifecycle management at cloud scale. We also introduced our first-to-market integration with SnapDiff APIs (expected…
Rubrik -  - Why NDMP Is Not the Answer to Your NAS Protection Challenges

Why NDMP Is Not the Answer to Your NAS Protection Challenges

The Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) is currently the de facto approach for protecting NAS data. However, an increasing number of enterprises are exploring new approaches as their environments grow and the challenges and limitations associated with NDMP come to the surface. A Short History of NDMP More than two decades ago, NAS pioneer NetApp and backup vendor Intelliguard collaborated to solve an issue that was increasingly vexing NAS users – the inability to reliably protect their data. Up to that point, NAS platforms such as NetApp Filers were being backed up by having backup servers mount NAS shares and then moving the backup data to locally attached tape devices or a networked tape library. This solution was fraught with problems ranging from low performance due to the need to read every file over a POSIX interface, performance bottlenecks created by sending data over a single mount point, and managing multiple devices. NDMP was first proposed by NetApp and Intelliguard in 1995 to address these challenges in protecting NAS platforms.* NDMP is officially defined as an “open standard protocol for network-based backup for network- attached storage.”** The protocol specifies a separation of the control path from the data path. Control…
Rubrik -  - Advanced Protection for vCD with Rubrik and PowerShell

Advanced Protection for vCD with Rubrik and PowerShell

Hot off the announcement of being VMware certified for vCloud Director (vCD), we have two more exciting capabilities for our vCD users. First, we have added extensive support for vCD to our PowerShell SDK. Second, our Andes 5.1 release includes the ability to protect vCD Templates in a manner similar to our existing vCD vApp protection. This post will explore both of these new features. PowerShell SDK Updates Since its release, the Rubrik SDK for PowerShell has been a powerful and popular tool for managing day-to-day data protection tasks. Adding the ability to manage vCD protection via our SDK allows users and administrators to script protection and recovery tasks by providing reliable, repeatable automation of otherwise tedious workflows. Here are the newest cmdlets: Export-RubrikVApp: Exports a snapshot from a protected vApp to a new or existing vApp. Export-RubrikVCDTemplate: Exports a snapshot from a protected vCD Template to a catalog. Get-RubrikVApp: Provides information about a vApp, including ID and assigned SLA Domain. Get-RubrikVCD: Provides information about vCD instances connected to Rubrik. Get-RubrikVAppExportOptions: Provides metadata needed to perform a vApp export. Get-RubrikVAppRecoverOptions: Provides metadata needed to perform a vApp recovery. Protect-RubrikVApp: Assigns or removes an SLA Domain from a vApp. Restore-RubrikVApp: Performs…
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…