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Rubrik -  - Building Automated Test/Dev Environments with Rubrik

Building Automated Test/Dev Environments with Rubrik

IT environments can get complex. So, it’s only natural that trying to mimic a production environment as close as possible in a test environment (why else would you build it?) can get equally complex. You often don’t have the same exact resources available for test and dev as you do for production, which makes it additionally challenging. As a developer (and tester), you don’t want to be hindered by the shortcomings of the infrastructure (hence the popularity of consuming public cloud resources on-demand). Equally, IT infrastructure folks want to deliver the best experience possible for their internal consumers, so they look for ways to introduce more flexibility into the environment. One aspect of this can be automation. It is a way to potentially speed up delivery of resources, ensure a consistent service, reduce errors, and avoid additional interruptions, leading to increased productivity on both ends of the equation. So what if there was hidden potential deep inside your IT infrastructure that could help out in this regard? I’m talking about backup data — data that typically sits unused in your environment, consuming space and resources until called upon to provide restores that will (fingers crossed) return you back to operation…
Rubrik -  - The Power of Recovery from Long-Term Archive

The Power of Recovery from Long-Term Archive

In the world of backup and recovery today, there are many methods of copying data and ways to store that data. Whether you are sending data to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Object Storage, NFS, or Tape, there should be a policy-driven and simple way to accomplish it. Most IT pundits talk about how important it is to backup or archive data; very seldom do they talk about ways of recovering data regardless of location. Rubrik provides a variety of methods to recover virtual or physical machines and restore protected data. Archiving snapshots is a method used to provide cost-effective long-term storage of snapshot data outside of the local Rubrik cluster transparently to the user. There is no need to schedule jobs or tasks to archive data and, regardless of location, all data is accessible from the same search interfaces. Rubrik deduplicates and compresses data before archiving, and encryption is used to encrypt all archive data. Even when archived, a Rubrik cluster can transparently recover a source virtual machine (VM) and mount a point-in-time copy of the source VM. A VM can be recovered by using any of the standard Rubrik data protection methods. Backups are stored on a local Rubrik…
Rubrik -  - Focusing on our Strengths: Rubrik & QStar

Focusing on our Strengths: Rubrik & QStar

Tape?! Yes, tape. Rubrik has long supported native cloud integration for long-term archive for similar economics to tape with more flexibility and reliability. But for some customers, archiving to tape is an unavoidable legal or compliance requirement. This is particularly the case for customers across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia in finance, energy, defense, media, and more. As we listened to our customers, we discovered that they needed tape support but also wanted many more “forward-looking” features — additional cloud capabilities, data portability, analytics, and more. However, in some ways, development is a zero-sum game; time spent on one feature by definition is not available for other features. When you look at tape support, it’s not simple due to a multiplicity of tape libraries, drives, and related drivers – tape has been around for 30+ years after all. To solve this conundrum, Rubrik partnered with a company that has made handling tape drives and tape libraries a competitive strength – QStar. Starting with version 4.0 and later, Rubrik natively integrates with QStar Archive Manager to provide tape archiving. QStar exposes a tape library via SMB from a Windows server, handles the proprietary drivers required to interface with tape libraries, and…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Brings Adaptive Data Consistency to vSphere Virtual Machines

Rubrik Brings Adaptive Data Consistency to vSphere Virtual Machines

At Rubrik, every product release aims to add capabilities that will address our customers’ current pain points with enterprise data management. We started out by protecting VMware vSphere environments, and now support more than 20 platforms. While we are aggressively proliferating to multiple platforms, we are equally focused on refining our current solutions based on real-world customer stories. One such innovation is  adaptive data consistency  for virtual machines — a capability that drastically improves the lives of enterprise backup admins. Before diving into adaptive data consistency, let’s go through the basics. Data consistency in recovery points is broadly classified into three categories: inconsistent, crash-consistent, and app-consistent. An inconsistent recovery point is taken with zero pre-work. It is not suitable for data sets that contain complex and interdependent relationships, as only data captured on disk is backed up. The in-memory changes are not captured, so it won’t be a true representation of the data in the system for that point in time. A crash-consistent recovery point, when restored, gives you the state of the data from the time of the backup. All the data is captured at the same time, but I/O operations and transactions in process may not be captured. For…
Rubrik -  - API Orchestration Based on Real-Time Weather Forecasts

API Orchestration Based on Real-Time Weather Forecasts

Information is knowledge — we’ve known that for centuries. When it comes to meteorological events, the more informed you are about them, the more preparation you can take. This especially holds true in our data-driven era in which a service outage can be detrimental to a business. One example of this is during a hurricane. Suppose a hurricane is headed to your state, with forecasted winds great than 100 MPH. You’d enter “high alert mode” and take every precaution necessary to protect your family and valuable possessions. What if this same human instinct could be orchestrated in your on-premises data center — without you having to even think about it? That’s where the power of API comes in. Rubrik places simplicity at the forefront, which is one reason our engineers chose to create an API-first architecture. Even our HTML5 interface consumes API endpoints. Our rich suite of RESTful APIs makes it easy to create customized workflows, and both our customers and partners have wowed us with their creativity. Rubrik’s API-first architecture goes beyond automating day-to-day data protection. It offers intelligent data management that can be leveraged for predictive capabilities, self-service, and more. I’m honored to call Florida my home and…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Multi-tenancy: Secure Data Isolation for a True Cloud Computing Era

Rubrik Multi-tenancy: Secure Data Isolation for a True Cloud Computing Era

Multi-tenancy is one of the cornerstones of a cloud data management platform. It enables you to support multiple customers (commonly referred to as ‘tenants’) on a single platform. Pooling resources results in lower costs, greater efficiencies, and faster innovation for both tenants and service providers. Secure data and metadata isolation is required in multi-tenant environments. Traditionally, data isolation required for multi-tenant environments is established as physical boundaries. The storage domain, including its compute resources, is divided into multiple partitions, and role-based access control is applied on those partitions, as shown above. Each tenant is given a rigid partition isolated from others using physical boundaries. The resources are often over-provisioned to meet tenant demand during peak usage. Thus, resources are often underutilized and typically wasted. The security principals (user and service accounts) need to be reserved for each partition. Rubrik brings an innovative cloud-based framework for secure data and metadata isolation. This is designed to give the best of both worlds; security benefits of physical boundaries and economic advantages of a true cloud computing model. It is made possible by virtualizing all resources so that tenants can share allocated resources in a secure, isolated fashion, as pictured above. Let’s take a…
Rubrik -  - Rapid Restore: Rubrik + Pure Storage

Rapid Restore: Rubrik + Pure Storage

What do you get when you combine a scale-out Rubrik Cloud Data Management (CDM) platform with a scale-out Pure Storage FlashBlade? The result is web-scale uploads, rapid restores, and instant access to granular data across a far wider timeframe and in a substantially smaller form-factor than legacy solutions. This is a joint solution that will provide your data center with 50x faster restores at blazing throughput because every minute counts during recovery. You can no longer afford to wait to modernize your legacy Backup and Recovery environment, as time is of the essence. Today, there are many priorities that are top of mind for CIOs; the proliferation of data, rising malicious threats, and the digital transformation in which technology converges into our everyday lives. Rubrik and Pure Storage have aligned with those priorities by offering an architecturally-matched solution for copy data since Rubrik integrates with Pure Storage FlashBlade as a scale-out archival tier via NFS (with S3 coming soon). Rubrik CDM will ingest your data with parallel streams across multiple nodes, taking advantage of its scale-out architecture and performance. This capability delivers superior Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) for simple, automated workflows. The intelligent policy engine is built to make use…
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…