FORWARD Digital Summit is weeks away, and we’re thrilled by the enthusiasm our customers, partners, and community have shown about the event! A fully-virtual experience, FORWARD Digital Summit will take place on May 11th and deliver a full program of thought-provoking keynotes, breakout sessions and demos, and opportunities to connect with peers. The event will feature a variety of industry veterans, groundbreaking technologists, leading innovators who will share insights into everything from Rubrik’s vision to entrepreneurship and leadership principles. 

To complement these activities, we’re hosting a variety of sessions focused on navigating the changing data protection landscape. Led by internal and external experts, these sessions dive into the most-talked-about IT topics, data management use cases, and the future of multi-cloud. To help you plan your agenda (builder coming soon!), we’ve broken down sessions into four key categories: 

Core Platform

Organizations interested in Rubrik and customers looking to sharpen their Rubrik knowledge will enjoy these employee- and customer-led sessions that go under the hood of the core platform, dive into best practices, and showcase new use cases. Sessions include:

How The Home Depot Manages a Large-Scale Rubrik Deployment: The Home Depot, one of our largest customers, automated Rubrik Edge to be deployed across 2,200+ stores. Hear from BB Laycock, Lead Systems Engineer, and Eric Alba, Sr. Systems Engineer, about how Rubrik protects this enterprise-scale architecture (from ROBO sites to centralized clusters in their primary data centers) and integrates with Cloudbolt to provide self-service restores.

The Experts’ Guide to Advanced SLA Management: Did you know that Rubrik takes a declarative approach to data lifecycle management with its novel SLA policy engine? In this session, Anant Manajan, Sr. Product Manager at Rubrik, will describe how the Rubrik SLA policy engine provides a set-it-and-forget-it style of implementation for a variety of use cases, such as:

  • Automate scheduling, replication, and archival
  • Auto-protect workflows
  • Centralize log backup policies for databases

And if you’re considering Rubrik to modernize your data management strategy, we highly recommend you start with “An Introduction to Rubrik for Backup Administrators, DBAs and Architects,” which will dive into how Rubrik can help simplify data lifecycle management for your workloads in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. 


A call to action for Cloud era IT leaders! This set of demos and deep dives show how Rubrik can protect your cloud and power your multi-cloud journey.

How to Build a Multi-Cloud Data Strategy with Rubrik: As more enterprises adopt multiple clouds, IT leaders must focus on effective data management across hybrid and multi-cloud architectures. In this session, Raja Balakrishnan, Principal Product Manager at Rubrik, discusses the journey to multi-cloud data control with metadata management. Topics include:

  • How Rubrik Polaris, a SaaS metadata platform serves as a unifying control plane across your hybrid and multi-cloud environments
  • How Rubrik extends the value of your backup data to ransomware recovery, data classification, and native protection

How University of the Pacific Overcame Cloud Migration Challenges with Rubrik: In order for the University of the Pacific to progress its cloud-first initiative, it needed to overcome a myriad of challenges. Tony Carrero, Enterprise Systems Manager, will walk through the university’s cloud journey and how he increased operational efficiency with Rubrik’s simplicity while also leveraging the platform for archiving to AWS S3, CloudOn for DR, Rubrik Polaris GPS, and Office 365 protection.


Whether you’re a seasoned DevOps Engineer or APIs just pique your interest, these sessions will showcase the use cases and advantages of Rubrik’s APIs. Deep dive into our ecosystem solutions, such as languages (SDKs), tooling integrations, and other third-party systems.

Orchestrate and Automate With Rubrik PowerShell: The Rubrik PowerShell Module enables a plethora of automation and integration opportunities for your Rubrik environment. Developer Advocates Jaap Brasser and Mike Preston will dive deep into how to automate everyday tasks and link the Rubrik SDK for PowerShell to nearly all corners of your data center and cloud, piecing together once disparate solutions into automated, repeatable workflows you can begin using immediately. 

Learn How Pillsbury Reduced Backup Management time by 90% with Rubrik API: Curious how the globally renowned law firm, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman reduced backup management time by 90%? Vincent Waniel, Network Engineer, aka the API Jedi, will explore the basics of how to work with the REST API using Powershell, and cover real-world examples of the tools he’s built that’s freed up time to use for more strategic initiatives.

Cyber Resiliency & Compliance

Ransomware and compliance top of mind? See how Rubrik can make ransomware protection and recovery and data compliance a breeze.

Addressing Data Governance Imperatives with Sensitive Data Discovery: As organizations grapple with more data and more regulatory compliance, a manual approach is often unsustainable – consuming valuable resources and increasing the risk of sensitive data exposure. This session will discuss how to leverage Rubrik Sonar, a SaaS app, to discover and report on sensitive data. By leveraging existing Rubrik deployments, users get up and running in just a few minutes with zero additional infrastructure required.

How to Use Rubrik to Recover from a Ransomware Attack: Deciding to pay the ransom vs. recovering from backups is a decision more organizations are weighing than ever before, especially as ransomware is growing more sophisticated, making backups themselves compromised. This session will walk through how you can use Rubrik to recover quickly from ransomware with instant recovery, an immutable filesystem, automated attack impact assessments, and ML-driven anomaly detection.

This is just a glimpse of what we have in store at FORWARD Digital Summit–you can check out the full schedule here. Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts diving deeper into our sessions and demos!