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Rubrik - Blog - Cloud is the New Tape

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Cloud is the New Tape

A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to Terry Young, the man behind the scenes that keeps infrastructure running at Castilleja School. We met in November to discuss how Castilleja used Rubrik to solve recovery challenges and re-purpose backup data for testing. This time, our conversation focused on how Castilleja has been using Rubrik to archive data to AWS S3. As a result, Terry has wiped out tape management complexity and created a disaster recovery insurance plan for Castilleja. Mapping Business Objectives to Cloud Services In order to smoothly transition to public cloud, Terry segmented workloads by size, criticality of data, and recovery time objectives. RTOs differ when you’re recovering 4TB from the Brik vs. from the cloud. In addition, Terry defined a new retention policy – everything was kept on-premises for 3 days and anything beyond 3-5 days was archived to the cloud. Archiving starts at midnight to 6 am to not coincide with business hours. Significant Time Savings from Easy Recoveries As Chris mentioned in Part 1, the challenge of public cloud is ensuring that data can be pulled down into an on-premises location without breaking the bank and recovery time/point objectives. This is where Rubrik works…
Rubrik - Blog - Automation Rules the Kingdom: Why Quality is Important For You

Architecture

Automation Rules the Kingdom: Why Quality is Important For You

Automated End-to-End Testing: Ensuring Quality We take quality seriously. For both our customers and developers’ satisfaction, it is essential to provide consistent product performance and speed of development with confidence that existing use cases are not broken. To ensure agile development, here’s why quality is essential to your organization and how our strategy makes automated end-to-end testing fast, reliable, and responsive. Importance of Quality For Customers: Every company claims to deliver high quality to their customers, but this is especially critical for Rubrik. Our product is responsible for managing highly valuable data that powers our customers’ businesses. In the backup and recovery industry, our solution needs to be on active duty at the exact moment our customers experience trouble within systems protected by us. Given that these problems are complex, providing an extremely simple user experience alleviates troubleshooting. Of course, this simple user experience can only be simple as long as all the underlying pieces are performing reliably. For Engineers: Engineers want to innovate without breaking existing functionality that customers depend on. If the fundamentals fail, customers cannot upgrade without losing data. It’s often difficult to innovate without affecting the interoperating pieces. In Rubrik’s case, we integrate at all levels…
Rubrik - Blog - Hacking With Briks

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Hacking With Briks

On March 30, we hosted our first company hackathon at headquarters. In 24 hours, our team submitted 24 projects, including faster backups, improvements to the UI, and extensions to the Brik. While the submissions showcased the breadth of talent within the engineering realm, we were also proud to host a brewmaster, a juggler, and a team of world change brikers that formed a committee to drive social change in our community. Of course, we cannot forget Hobson, our best buddy Slack chatbot created to answer all of our questions. Hobson, what did you think about the hackathon.” “When you’re enlightened, every word is wisdom.” Well, maybe Hobson’s answers sound more like something Gandalf would say. In the words of our CEO Bipul Sinha,“I’m blown away by Rubrik’s first hackathon. The creativity and velocity of our engineering team is humbling.” Check out a summary of the hackathon results below, and stay tuned for the innovations coming to a data center near you. In the spirit of Hobson, “speak friend and enter.”
Rubrik - Blog - Here’s Why You Should Shelve Backup Jobs for Declarative Policies

Architecture

Here’s Why You Should Shelve Backup Jobs for Declarative Policies

Changing out legacy, imperative data center models for the more fluid declarative models really gets me excited, and I’ve written about the two ideas in an earlier post. While the concept isn’t exactly new for enterprise IT – many folks enjoy using declarative solutions from configuration management tools such as Puppet – the scope of deployment has largely been limited to compute models for running workloads. The data protection space has largely been left fallow and awaiting some serious innovation. In fact, this is something I hear from Rubrik’s channel partners and customers quite frequently because their backup and recovery world has forever been changed by the simplicity and power of converged data management. To quote Justin Warren in our Eigencast recording, backup should be boring and predictable rather than exciting and adventurous because the restoration process failed, and you’re now responsible for missing data. That’s never fun. Thinking deeper on this idea, it brings me to one of the more radical ideas that a new platform brings: the lack of needing to schedule backup jobs. Creating jobs and telling them when exactly to run, including dependency chains, is the cornerstone of all legacy backup solutions. As part of their…
Rubrik - Blog - Meet the r599 BC: Bringing Backup Back

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Meet the r599 BC: Bringing Backup Back

Rubrik is proud to announce our latest product, the all new r599 BC. r599 BC does one job and does it best: archival to papyrus. “Backup is dead,” they said. “Even the dead need backup!” we believe. During our beta testing, the most crucial piece of feedback we received was from Mr. Tutankhamun, C.I.O., Pharaohmatix Inc. “We deal with sensitive data, and we need encryption, not just backup,” he said. Enter r599 BC: papyrus archival with encryption using hieroglyphs. r599 BC is the world’s first converged data management platform with state-of-art ancient encryption built right into it. What’s more, there’s no master key we can forge to break the encryption. That means you own your data. Now. Always. The customer testimonials are flying in, and they all agree: r599 BC is light-years ahead of its time. “You guys made backup sexy again.” “Rock solid backup!” “Now I can backup all of Cleopatra’s selfies without worrying!” It’s product of the century. With r599 BC, data security will never be the same again. The government can not have and will never have access to your data.

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