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Rubrik - Blog - ExponentHR Goes Forward with a Simpler, Easier DR Strategy

Customers

ExponentHR Goes Forward with a Simpler, Easier DR Strategy

Misha Vyazmensky, CTO, and Chris Gurley, Sr. Network Engineer, explain how Rubrik helped ExponentHR move forward in its DR strategy. What does ExponentHR do? Misha: Since 2001, we’ve been a leading human resource information systems SaaS platform. We help businesses (100 to 10,000+ employees) drive smarter decision-making, from running payroll to accessing vast amounts of data for financial analysis to managing employee benefit plans in light of recent legislative changes like ObamaCare. Why were you investigating a new solution for backup and replication? Misha: We have a team of 4 employees. We’re a small group supporting an enterprise-level business so we place a high emphasis on technologies that deliver simplicity and ease of management. Chris: Before, we were using a virtualization-centric backup solution that had replication capabilities to deliver off-site availability. When it worked, it was fine. When it didn’t work, it was rocket science to root cause the issue. Restores were also click-intensive and time consuming – it took a hundred clicks and 30 minutes to start restore for just 50 VMs. Why Rubrik? Chris: We were two days away from signing paperwork to expand our existing backup system when I saw Duncan Epping’s post on Rubrik. We had…
Rubrik - Blog - Contrasting a Declarative Policy Engine to Imperative Job Scheduling

Architecture

Contrasting a Declarative Policy Engine to Imperative Job Scheduling

One of the topics du jour for next-generation architecture is abstraction. Or, more specifically, the use of policies to allow technical professionals to manage ever-growing sets of infrastructure using a vastly simpler model. While it’s true I’ve talked about using policy in the past (read my first and second posts of the SLA Domain Series), I wanted to go a bit deeper into how a declarative policy engine is vastly different from an imperative job scheduler. And, why this matters for the technical community at large. This post is fundamentally about declarative versus imperative operations. In other words: Declarative – Describing the desired end state for some object Imperative – Describing every step needed to achieve the desired end state for some object Traditional architecture has long been ruled by the imperative operational model. We take some piece of infrastructure and then tell that same piece of infrastructure exactly what it must do to meet our desired end state. With data protection, this has resulted in backup tasks / jobs. Each job requires a non-trivial amount of hand holding to function. This includes configuration items such as: Which specific workloads / virtual machines must be protected Where to send data and how to store that…
Rubrik - Blog - Top 10 Reasons Not to Buy Rubrik

Business

Top 10 Reasons Not to Buy Rubrik

15-year veteran of the storage industry, born and raised in Southern California, passionate about helping to solve his customer’s business challenges through the use of technology. You’ve had the same backup system in place for the last 10 years and even though you hate it, you hate innovation even more. You believe the public cloud is just a fad so why would you ever want to store instantly recoverable copies of your backups there for pennies per gigabyte? You look forward to your annual contract negotiations with your legacy vendors. Zero time restores, granular recovery to the file level, and Google-like predictive search? Boring… You enjoy busy work… checking and re-starting failed backup jobs, clicking thirty times to kick off a re-store, manually browsing snapshots for files. You have an affinity for tape and can’t imagine your life without it. You believe the words sexy and back-up never belong in the same sentence, unless it’s in a Justin Timberlake song. You’re a big fan of complexity and have no interest in deploying a backup solution in the same amount of time it takes you to make a cup of coffee (no PS & no training necessary). You find the idea…
Rubrik - Blog - Just Backup and Chill with a No More Flaky Backups Kit

Company

Just Backup and Chill with a No More Flaky Backups Kit

Next-generation solutions are cutting a wide swath through the modern data center because they fundamentally pivot how we think about and execute upon technology. At Rubrik, we’ve set pinpoint focus on making the world of data protection – backup and restores, disaster recovery, and searchable archives – as simple and intuitive as possible. This means abandoning the legacy architecture approaches that only bring incremental improvements to the table, and instead creating a new, ground-up solution that encompasses a scale-out design, convergence between software and hardware, and a breathtaking user experience. Quite simply, you deserve a platform that has abstracted away all of the imperative muck that surrounds typical backup jobs. If your data protection platform is designed to be intelligent, it can be fed declarative statements into a policy engine and do the remaining work on your behalf. This is how Rubrik operates, and it paves the way for bringing performance, testability, and reliability to your end-to-end protection plans. In the spirit of creating something fun to demonstrate this point, the team has created a video entitled Just Backup and Chill to showcase the frustrations encountered with legacy backup infrastructure. If this strikes a chord with you, share the link with a…
Rubrik - Blog - Score Sweet Swag at the vBrownBag End-Of-Year Community Giveaway

Company

Score Sweet Swag at the vBrownBag End-Of-Year Community Giveaway

Heads up! The fine folks over at vBrownBag, an excellent long-running resource for community education and collaboration, are running their annual End-Of-Year Community Give Away. The 2015 edition is raising the bar with a lot of snazzy swag for you to score. And guess what? I’ve tossed in five sets of additional goodies on behalf of Rubrik! Here’s what you can take home: Signed copies of Networking for VMware Administrators, with royalties being donated to the Alzheimer’s Association charity! LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon building kits.