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Rubrik - Blog - How Red Hawk Eliminated Tape for Good

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How Red Hawk Eliminated Tape for Good

Jake Warren, Systems Administrator at Red Hawk Casino, shares how he finally eliminated tape and started using public cloud (Amazon Web Services) as a cost-effective long-term data retention resource with Rubrik. What led you to Red Hawk? I’ve been building computers and networks since I was in high school so working in IT was a natural career choice. I honed my IT chops working as a desktop technician for a medical company during my college years and then worked my way up over the next 20 years from being a network admin to designing and implementing new technologies at casinos. When Red Hawk opened its doors in 2008, I left home (Michigan) to help build the IT environment and team from scratch at the Northern California-based casino. What makes running IT at a casino unique? Like most places today, IT is chartered with keeping the business running 24/7. Within a casino, that means ensuring guests can play slots, poker, whatever they want at any time they want. A casino environment is unique since there is a significantly larger number and greater variety of systems that each admin needs to manage. At Red Hawk, we have two sys admins managing close…
Rubrik - Blog - VMworld LEGO Giveaway of Epic Proportions

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VMworld LEGO Giveaway of Epic Proportions

It must be nearly time for VMworld, because I’m tingly with excitement. From Opening Acts through vBacon, the community glow this annual virtualization event puts out is both educational and energizing. Hopefully, you’ve managed to secure your pass and find a hotel that doesn’t require both legs and arms for the nightly deposit. And remember folks – avoid the Tenderloin! On a related topic, you might have noticed me dropping some epic Star Wars LEGO sets at various VMware User Group events as Rubrik giveaways for those in attendance. And there’s a mountain more where that came from! In fact, my co-presenter Arvind “Nitro” Nithrakashyap and myself have picked out our favorite sets from the Battle of Hoth series! I’m going to call this photo Serious Business to reflect our somber moods. 😉 What does this all have to do with VMworld? Here’s the scoop – I’ve painstakingly collected all of the Battle of Hoth Star Wars LEGO sets from Episode V. And one lucky winner can take them all home (or we’ll ship them to you)! Simply sign up and attend our session at VMworld entitled Instant Application Recovery and DevOps Infrastructure for VMware Environments – A Technical Deep Dive for a…
Rubrik - Blog - Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Software Converged

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Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Software Converged

As a technologist, I find a certain amount of joy comes from learning about what’s new in the market. This could be as simple as a new code or hardware release for a solution that has been around for a while, driving me to absorb the new features. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, it could be an entirely new way of thinking about how to tackle a challenge within the data center by learning from startups who are looking to shake things up with an interesting idea. A common pain point is figuring out exactly what it is that the young company does, as often the technical bits get blended in with a bunch of marketing jargon and buzzwords (see my buzzword bingo parody video) that dilute the transfer of information. In this series, I’m going to get a little nerdy about a relatively new term that is hitting the market, Converged Data Management, and dive into the five important properties that build into this solution. The goal is to provide a clear view into each feature with real meat on the bone, along with why and how the solution is important in today’s modern data center,…
Rubrik - Blog - Building a Managed Service Business with Rubrik

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Building a Managed Service Business with Rubrik

Mike Leone, Sr. Network Engineer at Protected Trust, talks about building a reliable, secure managed service business with Rubrik (and the single bane of his existence). Tell me about what you do at Protected Trust. I’ve been at Protected Trust for the last 6 years. As a network engineer and system architect, I wear multiple hats, dealing with networks, servers, and systems. Protected Trust started out as an Exchange hosting company for high-security level clients and over the years has evolved into a full-service managed services shop (simple email encryption, Exchange hosting, secure cloud, and disaster recovery). Our job is to not only make IT easy for our users, but also make IT secure. Our clients don’t need to see the data center unless they want to. What led you to Rubrik? Protected Trust offers backups as part of its DR-as-a-Service offering. It’s been a challenge trying to find an effective solution to execute on our vision of protecting the full data lifecycle in a secure and reliable fashion. After data creation by our clients, it’s our job to process, archive, and dispose of it properly. We’ve tried multiple backup solutions and found them to be fairly complicated. As you…
Rubrik - Blog - Managing and Monitoring SLA Domains at Global Scale

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Managing and Monitoring SLA Domains at Global Scale

In my previous post, I went into the complexities that funnel into building Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that exist between consumers and providers of an IT service. This friction can be greatly assuaged by decoupling the agreed upon policy’s intent from the actual execution of backup jobs. It allows administrators to abstract away much of the low-end fuss required to build and maintain data protection, instead focusing on adding value at a more strategic level across the organization. Let’s now move the story forward to discuss how consumers can easily determine if their SLAs are being honored. At a high level, SLA Domains are constructed using Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and retention values. The RPO is essentially asking how much data loss the consumer is willing to tolerate, while the retention input determines where the provider will store data (on-premises or elsewhere). To understand SLA compliance, it’s important to look at the entire set of backup jobs to ensure all facets of the RPO are being met for an application. This goes beyond looking at the number of total backups held by the system, as an RPO is often expressed as a quantity of hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly…

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