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The Beauty of Immutability

Imagine one or more of your systems is unavailable because of some malicious attack, whether a nasty virus, ransomware, or sabotage from a disgruntled employee. No worries, these things happen —  you’ll recover from backup. Except you discover that your backups have been compromised in the same manner (this has happened). This is usually where the term air gap gets dropped. Someone will say, “you need a truly offline backup — tape! There’s no way ransomware can get into a tape backup!” While that’s true, how long does it take to recover from tape stored in a land somewhere far, far away? If a backup takes so long to restore that there’s major financial or business impact, does it actually exist? Realistically, there are ways to protect your data stored by backup systems even without this gap. I recently wrote a blog post about immutable infrastructures, but compute infrastructures are not the only way that immutability matters in the data center. Immutable, by definition, means the state is set or inflexible once constructed. In other words, it cannot be changed. The goal is to build a more reliable automated compute infrastructure in order to enable stable continuous delivery. Data has become…
Rubrik - Blog - 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 - Blog - Rubrik Turns Four: Our Year in Review


Rubrik Turns Four: Our Year in Review

Today, we’re excited to celebrate the past four years at Rubrik and the growth we’ve experienced along the way. Each year has been filled with unbelievable breakthroughs, but I think this one really cemented Rubrik as the fastest growing enterprise company. To commemorate our growth, as well as the customers and partners who support us, let’s take a look at some of our key milestones in 2017. Expanded Our Enterprise Data Management Solution One of the biggest areas of momentum for us has been in engineering and product development. We’ve had ten product releases over the past four years, and the Rubrik Alta 4.0 release was our biggest one to date. Rubrik Alta encompassed all major hypervisors by introducing integration with Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV and added support for Oracle databases. This release also pioneered SQL Live Mount and CloudOn instantiation so that customers can leverage cost-efficient test/dev and disaster recovery. Each new feature is driven by our customers, a mindset that’s led us to continue our rapid market adoption and approach a $300 million global bookings run rate. Over the past fiscal year, we’ve grown our global customer base by more than 4x. This growth is a testament…
Rubrik - Blog - 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 - Blog - HM Hospitales Reduces Costs and Simplifies Data Management with Rubrik


HM Hospitales Reduces Costs and Simplifies Data Management with Rubrik

HM Hospitales is a private hospital group that provides comprehensive healthcare services in addition to medical research, continuous education, and technological innovation. Directed by doctors, HM Hospitales has more than 4,000 employees throughout its 14 hospitals, 3 centres specializing in Oncology, Cardiology and Neuroscience, and 21 polyclinics. We spoke with Arturo Gordo Carbajo, Director of Security and Systems at HM Hospitales, about how Rubrik has helped them save time, reduce operational costs, and focus on their overall IT strategy. Tell me about HM Hospitales and your overall IT strategy. HM Hospitales offers high-quality patient care and access to the latest advances in medicine. We’re a patient-focused group, and IT plays a critical role in providing the best patient care and services to our employees. My team is responsible for keeping infrastructure up and running across all the hospitals. To support our network of hospitals and patients, we needed a single, secure data management solution for the centres that the Group has in four autonomous communities: Madrid, Galicia, Castilla-La Mancha, and Castilla y León. What challenges were you experiencing with your legacy solution? We needed a change because our previous backup solution was too labor intensive and complex to manage. It…

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