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Rubrik - Blog - An Interview with the Top 5 vBloggers

Culture

An Interview with the Top 5 vBloggers

Each year, Eric Siebert over at vSphere-Land provides a really groovy service to the community in the form of a Top vBlog voting contest. It’s a way for bloggers and podcasters within the virtualization community to gain recognition from peers and readers for sharing their knowledge. This year, I thought it would be interesting to send out a few questions to the Top 5 vBloggers to tickle their brain a bit over what keeps their creative juices flowing. Perhaps their answers to the following three questions will offer some insights to you as you look towards starting or furthering your own writing habits! Q1. The Top vBlog voting is driven by both quality and quantity of your writing content. How do you balance work, life, family, and everything else while still creating posts that meet these criteria? Q2. Where do you derive inspiration to craft content, and how do you then frame it into a coherent post that makes sense to your audience? Essentially – what is your process? Q3. Looking back on all of the posts you’ve written, what is your favorite (or least favorite) article and why? Cormac Hogan @CormacJHogan   A1: I see this as part of my…
Rubrik - Blog - PowerShell and RESTful APIs – Making Backup Awesome Again

Business

PowerShell and RESTful APIs – Making Backup Awesome Again

The virtualization world has long been singing the praises of the “abstract, pool, and automate” goal. Put simply, it meant separating the application from hardware, forming a fabric of resources, and automating the consumption of those resources for applications. The key focus is the application and how it can be made a first class citizen in the data center. However, the automation of tasks has traditionally been slower to enter the world of enterprise infrastructure. I attribute this to vendors using proprietary or closed protocols while also lacking a solid, simple to use, and consumable API that enables a rich ecosystem of task automation. On top of this, administrators and engineers are burdened with keeping the data center operational and don’t have the luxury of codifying a plethora of workflows using handfuls of different programming languages. What’s needed is a easy way to control infrastructure, such as data protection, that actually reduces overhead and grants IT professionals more time to focus on value-add efforts (that are usually more fun, too). Enter PowerShell! It’s a framework that is incredibly simple to learn and consume that can also send and receive data from an API endpoint. Plus, when paired with the Rubrik…
Rubrik - Blog - Leadership Lab: Mark Leslie on Building Culture and Transformative Technology

Business

Leadership Lab: Mark Leslie on Building Culture and Transformative Technology

How do transformational leaders build game-changing companies? We bring you the first part of our Leadership Lab series where we ask next-gen executives, investors, and academics to share their perspectives on what they learned and what is driving future innovation. We sat down with Mark Leslie at Nutanix .NEXT, who is an investor in, prior board member of, and current senior advisor to Nutanix. He is the Managing Partner of Leslie Ventures and was the Founding Chairman and CEO of VERITAS Software. What lessons did you learn in building two companies before Veritas? One of the lessons I learned early on was that I used to say, “We are going to ship it on Tuesday no matter what.” This created a war inside the company. We ended up being sorry we shipped it on Tuesday, and I learned that it is all about shipping great products that work well – and you can’t ship them before their time. When you were CEO of Veritas, how did you address the issue of technical debt? We didn’t have that word in our vocabulary when we started. It is great that we have that definition now because we can define the delta between…
Rubrik - Blog - If I Could Build Anything (Datacenter Edition)

Architecture

If I Could Build Anything (Datacenter Edition)

As a field engineer at Rubrik and a former customer, I have seen data centers (DCs) containing all types of vendors and products. However, I have never been able to build an environment from a blank slate—or what’s known today as “greenfield.” In this post and subsequent webinar, I’ll explore the characteristics of a greenfield data center using two of my favorite companies and their products. Objectives: As guiding principles, I’m aiming to do three things in each area of the DC: Simplify: Deliver the most bang with the least overhead Soar: Accelerate business-critical unencumbered Shrink: Represent the smallest physical and environmental footprint Below, I walk you through all aspects of the DC, incorporating each of these principles to create simple, modern, and scale-out architecture. Applications and Compute Technology exists to enable business needs. Without the business, the bits, bytes and architectures are fun, but lack a unifying reason to live. Thus, for our purposes here, I’ll assume we’re cutting and pasting a modern, virtualized environment into this ideal data center. It runs services like Oracle, SQL, and Exchange, and holds terabytes of files and application data that are core to the enterprise. Following Moore’s Law, the compute layer has…
Rubrik - Blog - Next-Gen Backup at Wabash National, North America’s Leading Semi-Trailer Producer

Customers

Next-Gen Backup at Wabash National, North America’s Leading Semi-Trailer Producer

This week, I chat with Steve Bunch, Server and Storage Manager at Wabash National, on how next-gen backup helps Wabash in its quest to keep America’s leading fleets operating efficiently. Tell me about your role at Wabash and how you landed there.   I’ve been working at Wabash for 12 years, right out of college. I started answering phones with the Tier 1 support team, worked my way up the chain, and left to get some server, backup, and virtualization experience. I received a call from Wabash with an offer to re-join as a server admin. The company was  starting to diversify and acquisitions were a part of the strategy, which meant plenty of help was needed to standardize data center environments. The team grew from 3 to 14 people, and I was promoted to Server/Storage Manager, handling everything from servers, storage, virtualization, and business critical applications. What type of backup challenges were you experiencing? Our company is active in M&A activity, which means we acquire lots of different data centers and IT stacks. It wasn’t until I brought in a backup administrator to streamline our multiple backup solutions and firmware upgrade process that I realized how challenging backup was!…

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