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Rubrik - Blog - Combat Ransomware & Increase Resiliency with Rubrik and Azure


Combat Ransomware & Increase Resiliency with Rubrik and Azure

It’s 2020, and the frequency of and repercussions from ransomware are getting worse. Bad actors are taking advantage of increases in remote work and the lapses or gaps in security measures as the attack-surface spreads. In Q1 2020, the average enterprise ransom payment increased to $111,605, up 33% from Q4 of 2019. Business interruption costs are often 5-10x higher than direct ransomware incident costs. Lost revenue, downtime, and brand damage are factors that severely affect victims of ransomware if they’re unable to recover quickly. Recently, Karl Rautenstrauch, Principal Program Manager with the Microsoft Azure engineering team, gave a highly informative presentation about how Rubrik and Microsoft Azure are a powerhouse combination in helping to defeat ransomware. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation: A Common Ransomware Reality The following scenario happened to an Azure customer. It’s a bad story, but it’s one everyone can learn from. The customer’s entire network was impacted by a particularly nefarious form of ransomware that not only deleted content on users’ workstations where the ransomware was first encountered, but reached out across the network and deleted content from NAS appliances and from an appliance used to back up to the Azure Cloud. The ransomware…
Rubrik - Blog - 3 Truths About Moving Large Workloads to the Cloud

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3 Truths About Moving Large Workloads to the Cloud

We are in the age where data is no longer the endgame for businesses, it’s merely a place to start. Deep insights that drive innovation, enhance customer engagement, and improve business outcomes can be pulled from data. So, how you treat your data can have a profound bearing on the conclusions you draw and the business success you realize. Businesses that want to move their big data applications to the cloud (like SAP, Oracle, HPC) in order to open up the vast opportunities the cloud offers in terms of data treatment have, historically, faced significant barriers. Traditionally, the biggest obstacles have been bandwidth limitations in getting the applications to the cloud and a lack of control over data, both in-transit and at rest. After data has been migrated to the cloud, you won’t necessarily have the same suite of tooling to manage it that you would have on-premises. The business process differs as that data moves. And, of course, data-in-transit faces more potential exposure and is therefore more vulnerable. However, with advancements in both internet infrastructure and secure data management solutions, the barriers that have held companies back from the cloud in the past have been removed. Now, there is…
Rubrik - Blog - Building an Error Message Framework


Building an Error Message Framework

In a fast-growing engineering team, it becomes less and less realistic for a single engineer to understand every behavior behind a product. In fact, relying on an individual to make the product consistent often leads to disastrous results, especially for features that get less attention. A well-designed framework alleviates these problems by shaping collective developer behavior and promoting better designs, and ultimately makes a better product for our customers. Recently, I was commissioned to revamp the error message framework in Rubrik’s CDM product. Although this framework seems small compared to others, I learned a few lessons that can be applied to building frameworks of any size, including: Understand your customers, which include both end users and developers Automate as much as possible, leaving fewer chances for human errors Rules do not matter if they are not enforced by code A framework should help scale the engineering organization Building a framework means changing a culture What Went Wrong At Rubrik, we pride ourselves in prioritizing our customers’ feedback and using their insights to shape our product roadmap. This was recently true when we received feedback on the quality of our error messages. For reference, here is a real-life message given to…
Rubrik - Blog - Automating CloudOut to Amazon S3 Configuration


Automating CloudOut to Amazon S3 Configuration

The ability to archive data to Amazon S3 has been part of the Rubrik platform since our very first product release. This feature, CloudOut, automates lifecycle management by archiving older, mostly unused data to public cloud storage tiers. Using public cloud is often more cost effective and reliable than tape for long-term data retention and has been widely adopted by Rubrik customers.  More details about designing a CloudOut to S3 solution can be found in this blog post.  Preparing your AWS environment for CloudOut is not necessarily difficult, but leveraging automation enables consistent configuration when there are several archive locations. Automating the process utilizing the tools described below not only decreases the chance of error and saves valuable time, but also helps prevent misconfiguration and supports a more reliable and consistent environment.  For these reasons, many of our customers automate the configuration of their AWS environment for CloudOut. The Rubrik Cluster’s archival settings can also be configured using an automation tool. This blog post will cover automating CloudOut to S3 resource configuration using the tools our customers most commonly use: AWS CloudFormation, Ansible, and Terraform. Automation with AWS CloudFormation AWS CloudFormation provides a common language to model and provision all…
Rubrik - Blog - A New IT Imperative: On-Demand Recovery

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A New IT Imperative: On-Demand Recovery

Disaster noun 1. a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage. There are many reasons that a company may experience a data disaster–from a fire or flood impacting a data center to increasingly prevalent ransomware attacks, even to insider threats or just plain old human error. If the corresponding downtime stretches on or business-critical data can’t be retrieved, company brand reputations suffer, profits slide, and sometimes doors shut permanently. Here are some interesting reads on how widespread outages impact over 95% of enterprises, costing them up to $400,000 per hour of downtime. An outage can really cripple your business, but I’m not writing to relay tales of doom and gloom. Quite the opposite. While you can’t avoid a disaster, you can prepare for it. Business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) are not new concepts; however, many of the threats faced and the way businesses respond to them are. This is why it’s imperative to pivot the conversation from the traditional, expensive disaster recovery (DR) plans, which provide weak guarantees on the amount of data lost or restart time, to on-demand recovery. The message is simple: minimize the impact of a catastrophe. Recover from…