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Rubrik - Blog - How to Get Started with Open Source Projects

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How to Get Started with Open Source Projects

So you want to start dabbling in open source? There are tons of reasons why contributing to open source projects is a rewarding use of time–from advancing your career to supporting a community you like. But contributing to an open source project for the first time can be incredibly intimidating. Like many, I was apprehensive about contributing to open source projects at first. I kept putting it off, thinking that I would eventually help out when I had more to offer. But you don’t need to be an expert to support an open source project–you don’t even need to write code to be a contributor. The opportunities are often quite broad and many communities, like Rubrik Build, accept code and non-code contributions. Here are some easy ways to get started with open source: Join the Conversation The simplest and fastest way to get started with open source projects is to contribute your thoughts. No code required! Join in the conversation and offer your experience or use cases. This can be done with Slack conversations or providing input on issues associated with projects on GitHub. Alternatively, start the conversation by filing an issue for a project. Tell us if something isn’t…
Rubrik - Blog - How to Throw a Disaster Recovery Tabletop Workshop

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How to Throw a Disaster Recovery Tabletop Workshop

Ransomware and destructive malware. You either groan with media fatigue or cringe at the thought of getting blown off the map by bitcoin bandits…perhaps both. For many organizations, creating a multi-leveled disaster recovery plan to accommodate this potential threat is now a top priority. The problem is, many organizations create a DR plan but don’t test each year. It’s easy to procrastinate DR testing, as it’s a costly activity in terms of both hours and infrastructure. But failure to test in a complete and realistic scenario can leave an organization woefully unprepared for some of the ancillary activities like communication and ownership of action. Essentially, the first time the crisis team meets should never be during a crisis. Simulating an attack around a table with a few colleagues doesn’t replace live testing, but it does uncover things you may not otherwise think of. This blog series will help walk through the setup and execution of a tabletop exercise for testing your DR plan. In true RPG style, this post will show how to simulate an unfolding disaster and apply your DR strategy in response. The advantage of running a tabletop exercise is its lightweight impact in terms of time and…
Rubrik - Blog - How Rubrik Datos IO Reduces NoSQL Backup Storage Up to 96.4%

Architecture

How Rubrik Datos IO Reduces NoSQL Backup Storage Up to 96.4%

NoSQL databases are becoming mainstream. As enterprises deal with the changing characteristics of data and applications, many are leveraging the inherent speed and redundancy of NoSQL databases. But the downside of this native redundancy is that NoSQL databases typically store 3 or more copies of each piece of data, resulting in pricey backup and storage costs. Rubrik Datos IO (RDIO) provides powerful space efficiency capabilities in a modern data management product purpose-built for distributed architectures such as NoSQL databases. Our approach helps customers realize their NoSQL database deployments in an easy-to-use data protection solution that enables them to achieve up to 96.4% in backup storage savings. This blog post explores two major features that make this possible: semantic deduplication and incremental forever.   Rubrik Datos IO’s industry-first semantic deduplication is the answer to the fundamental shortcomings that traditional block-level deduplication encountered in the world of modern distributed NoSQL databases (MongoDB, Apache Cassandra, DataStax). I’ll dive into the limitations of two distributions of Cassandra, DataStax Enterprise and Apache Cassandra, and how RDIO addresses them. At a high-level, these deduplication shortcomings fall into two categories: compression and housekeeping. One of the main reasons NoSQL deduplication is challenging is that the majority of…
Rubrik - Blog - Leadership Lab: Melinda Wu on Driving Inclusion in the Workplace

Culture

Leadership Lab: Melinda Wu on Driving Inclusion in the Workplace

Melinda Wu joined Rubrik in 2015 as the VP of Product Operations. With over 20 years of experience leading supply chains and manufacturing, she is an in-house expert in building and scaling strong teams. I had the chance to sit down with Melinda and chat about the biggest learnings in her career and her approach to building an inclusive workforce. You’re an industry veteran who has worked at leading tech companies like Hewlett Packard and Cisco. Why did you choose to join Rubrik, which at the time was only one year old?   While the business model and technology were compelling, it was the energy and passion of the founders that sealed it for me. Bipul was magnetic. When he described his long-term vision for the company, I knew I wanted to be part of what they were building. What’s one of your proudest moments in your career? I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing people in my career, but I’m most proud of my time here at Rubrik. I joined when the company was roughly 50 people, so helping it grow to a recognized industry leader with over 1,400 employees is extremely rewarding. I’m proud…
Rubrik - Blog - Using Automation for Faster Cloud Adoption

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Using Automation for Faster Cloud Adoption

Most work conversations I’m involved in go something like this: blah cloud adoption blah agility blah. It’s true that public cloud provides an innumerable list of benefits, but to me, the most attractive aspect is a uniform, API-driven method of provisioning resources. This makes it inherently automatable, unlike so many frustratingly simple and tedious data center tasks. I always encourage organizations to use cloud as a gateway to automation. There are two primary avenues for automation: infrastructure provisioning and application-delivery aspects of the business. While easy in concept, automation requires a lot of initial investment before its value is returned. I like to start with focusing on the management aspect and automate most of the back-end operations tasks. For example, my team often builds and destroys Rubrik Cloud Cluster deployments as part of our testing, so this is something that made sense to automate. Across the team, some like to use automation tooling such as Terraform, while others prefer native template tools like AWS CloudFormation. We’ve made these use cases available on Rubrik Build so that you can use some of the same tools that we use internally. Terraform Modules We previously announced the Rubrik Provider for Terraform, which simplifies…