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Rubrik - Blog - VM Linking: Because Data Outlives Infrastructure

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VM Linking: Because Data Outlives Infrastructure

At Rubrik, we believe in liberating data from infrastructure so that it can be instantly accessed at anytime, anywhere. This is becoming increasingly important as companies undergo digital transformation, and we painstakingly make sure that we support the full life cycle of data even as the underlying infrastructure changes. With our customers’ needs in mind,  we developed a simple, but very powerful, feature designed to deliver true data mobility – VM linking. The VM linking feature ensures that as VMs are moved between vCenter servers, the Rubrik system is able to correlate the different “identities” of the VMs across these servers. This allows Rubrik to provide consistent protection for VMs and easy access to the VMs historical snapshots, regardless of the vCenter server from where they were taken. VM linking solves some of the biggest pain points our customers have experienced when managing historical backup data in a changing infrastructure. To illustrate, I’ll walk through a few examples of how customers benefit from this new capability. Swing Migration to a Greenfield vCenter Deployment With the new releases of vSphere, along with the ending of support for older vSphere versions approaching, many customers are planning upgrades as part of their data…
Rubrik - Blog - Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Azure Blob Storage

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Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Azure Blob Storage

In a previous post, I discussed the role of data encryption as a critical component of any company’s security posture and the potential pitfalls of not using encryption properly. This is magnified when you are talking about storing data outside of customer data centers in public cloud storage repositories such as Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, and Google Cloud Storage. Since the beginning, security has been a key pillar of Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management platform. Our engineers have built security into every aspect of the platform, from end-to-end encryption to immutable backups. Naturally, this obsession with security extends to our integration with the cloud. As customers adopt the cloud, many are leveraging our CloudOut capability for long-time archive in the public cloud, often as a replacement for tape. This approach is typically more cost effective, more reliable, and offers better response times in the event that data restoration is required. I recently spelled out how Rubrik secures data that is sent to the cloud by encrypting data both in transit and at rest using a variety of methodologies with AWS. This post gives a more in-depth look at Rubrik’s main principles for encrypting data in the cloud, including using the…
Rubrik - Blog - Advancing Your Data Protection Strategy with APIs

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Advancing Your Data Protection Strategy with APIs

In today’s interconnected world, having a stand-alone product that only works within an ecosystem is not a reliable business proposition. The ability to change how data is stored, managed, and recovered is no longer a nice-to-have, but imperative to drive business and processes forward. The Current situation Traditionally, managing data was possible through GUI interfaces and, in some cases, by using not-very-well documented command line tools. Because these toxols are platform dependent and require specific documentation, they can slow down adoption and limit the usability of these products. Furthermore, introducing additional tools often produces a perpetual cycle of deployment and patch management to keep the tools up-to-date. There is also the, even if ever so slight, risk of introducing an unintended security vulnerability by having additional tooling installed on your systems. There have been recent examples in which third-party management tools were explicitly targeted and used for privilege escalation or data exfiltration. The Solution Because of API-driven development, we allow all our customers to interact with Rubrik directly. The advantage of this is that we can communicate with the API from any platform and use any scripting or programming language. As a result, our API-first solution delivers a more dynamic…
Rubrik - Blog - Edge-ier Cloud Data Management for ROBO Environments

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Edge-ier Cloud Data Management for ROBO Environments

Imagine a small satellite office with minimal data, but data that needs to be backed up nonetheless. Organizations suffering from the complexity of legacy solutions often face costly and inefficient backup processes when dealing with remote and branch offices (ROBO) data. That’s why we created Rubrik Edge – a software appliance built specifically for ROBO environments that stretches data protection and management to the far-flung corners of our customers’ businesses. With Edge, companies can save time by managing backup and replication policies–rather than creating individual backup schedules–and quickly recover all data, no matter where it’s stored. Deploy Edge at remote locations to backup locally, replicate to a central data center, and archive to the cloud with an easy interface. We’ve gathered three stories of how our customers are using Rubrik Edge to bring operational simplicity and cost savings to their ROBO locations. Stora Enso Unifies Data Management Across Eight Remote Offices Stora Enso is a leading sustainable newsprint and magazine paper manufacturer that produces 540,000 tons of paper annually. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, the manufacturer is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions, and paper on global markets. The company has eight remote offices across three…
Rubrik - Blog - Rubrik Protects UNIX: AIX First in Line

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Rubrik Protects UNIX: AIX First in Line

From the outset, Rubrik has focused on being a one-stop solution for all enterprise data management needs. In a short time, we have expanded our footprint to support over 20 platforms and workloads that are business-critical for our customers. Some of the best feedback we hear is from  backup admins who can sleep peacefully knowing that their data is automatically being protected and meeting SLAs. In the past three years, we have breezed through a lap of supporting modern enterprise workloads – major virtualization systems (VMware, Hyper-V, AHV), physical hosts (Linux, Windows) and databases (Oracle, SQL Server). But when speaking with our customers, we found that many enterprise users want Rubrik-level simplicity for their legacy workloads that are still the workhorses for their mission-critical production systems. A significant number of our government, finance, and insurance customers run UNIX systems for deploying databases and applications that form the core backbone of their computing infrastructure. These customers are forced to use legacy backup vendors who are known for their complexity. Most new-age data management solutions have chosen to ignore these legacy workloads despite their towering importance to enterprises. Rubrik, whose DNA is rooted in its  customer obsession, has decided to take the…