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Rubrik - Blog - Have Your Cake and Eat It Too – Object-Level Recovery

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Have Your Cake and Eat It Too – Object-Level Recovery

In the last few weeks, Kenny covered how we’ve designed Rubrik to eliminate the effects of VMware application stun and JB covered why we built our own VSS Provider to take application-consistent snapshots. In this post, I’ll wrap up the app consistency series by discussing our object-level recovery and search capabilities. Maintaining application and data consistency in data protection requires a “three-layer cake” design. The base layer is our Converged Data Management platform, the next layer is the application tier, and the frosting and sprinkles are the objects/messages/files that are embedded inside the application and database. Maintaining application and data consistency in data protection requires a “three-layer cake” design. The base layer is our Converged Data Management platform, the next layer is the application tier, and the frosting and sprinkles are the objects/messages/files that are embedded inside the application and database. Our platform features a Distributed Task Framework, an engine that assigns and executes data across the cluster in a fault tolerant and efficient manner. It ensures all tasks are load balanced across the cluster and distributed to the nodes that contain the relevant data. This allows us to handle the ingestion of data across multiple nodes in parallel. Adding more…
Rubrik - Blog - Getting Physical: Rubrik Announces Support for Physical Linux

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Getting Physical: Rubrik Announces Support for Physical Linux

Today, at Day 2 of Pure//Accelerate, we’re excited to announce support of physical Linux on the Rubrik Converged Data Management platform! Over the last few months, our enterprise customers have asked us to extend our next-gen platform to protect physical Linux servers. This broadens the set of virtual and physical data sources supported on Rubrik. Earlier in February, we announced support for physical SQL to be released in 2016. You can check out the physical SQL demo originally shown at Tech Field Day 10 here. This product announcement allows us to deliver a set of unique benefits to file servers, web servers, database servers, and legacy Linux apps, including: Policy Automation: You can manage physical infrastructure through our dead-simple SLA policy engine. Just specify the retention and frequency required for data protection and whether replication and/or archival should be enabled. You craft the policy and the engine automates execution of data protection for instant on- and off-site recovery. Distributed Savings and Efficiencies: Rubrik is designed as a distributed architecture that linearly scales, with no limitations. Since the system is a single namespace, data services like deduplication and compression scale in-line with cluster size. Instant Data Access: Rubrik gives you near-zero…
Rubrik - Blog - Building a Company with Great Partners

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Building a Company with Great Partners

This week we announced AHEAD as our 2015-16 Partner of the Year. We’re excited to present AHEAD with this recognition for not only the work they’ve done with us this year, but also for the kind of business they are building. As we build Rubrik into an enduring institution, our channel partners will be an integral part of our customers’ experience. It follows that on-boarding the right partners with an aligned vision and customer-centric ethos is something that we care a lot about. Since our r300 Series GA eight months ago, AHEAD has been a supporter of Rubrik’s Converged Data Management vision: radical simplicity, consistent performance and cloud economics for backup and recovery. In fact, Rubrik is now part of AHEAD’s vision, called Cloud Delivery Framework. Cloud Delivery Framework is new IT operating model incorporating virtualization, data protection and automation that is meant to provide simplified end-to-end infrastructure services. We’ve also been impressed with how AHEAD drives their vision to reality. They have invested in engineering resources to design and test their Cloud Delivery Framework. AHEAD currently runs a Rubrik environment in their Chicago lab, and has validated a reference architecture for Converged Data Management. This kind of work has…
Rubrik - Blog - Pure Rubrik Goodness

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Pure Rubrik Goodness

As Pure//Accelerate approaches, one of my favorite aspects of winning solutions comes to mind. It’s a virtue that transforms products into MVPs, rather than the drama generators so common on the court and in the field. What is it? Simplicity Businesses have enough knobs and pain points with tier-1 Oracle/SAP deployments and SQL, SharePoint and Exchange farms. The last thing they need is for storage and data protection to jump on the pile. That’s why enterprises need Pure Storage and Rubrik. From the ground up, Pure and Rubrik have simplicity in their DNA. If you have a FlashArray on the floor, then you already know the freedom and ease it brings to storage infrastructure. Gone are the days of tweaking with RAID sets or tuning LUNs to squeeze out a few performance points. With a few cables and a vSphere plugin, Pure serves up datastores and gets out of the way. Rubrik brings the same unobtrusive value to data protection and is the perfect pairing to Pure. From rack & go to policy-driven automation to instant recovery, Rubrik drives straight to the point and with beautiful simplicity.Rack & Go Rack & Go The first thing that stands out with Rubrik is its lean footprint–it doesn’t eat…
Rubrik - Blog - Why We Built Our Own VSS Provider

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Why We Built Our Own VSS Provider

In last week’s post, Kenny explained how we designed Rubrik to eliminate the effects of VMware application stun. We couple flash with a distributed architecture to deliver faster ingest that linearly scales with cluster growth. We reduce the number of data hops by collapsing discrete backup hardware/software into a single software fabric. We tightly manage the number of operations hitting the ESXi hosts to speed up consolidation. Our own VSS Provider also contributes to this effort. In this week’s post, Part 2 of our App Consistency series, I’ll explain why we built our own VSS agent and how we take app-consistent snapshots. Maintaining application and data consistency is industry standard practice for any backup solution worth its salt. To backup transactional applications installed on a Windows server (SQL, Exchange, Oracle), we utilize Microsoft’s native Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). Taking an application-consistent snapshot not only captures all of the VM’s data at the same time, but also waits for the VM to flush I/O operations and transactions in process. We Hate Bad Days and Sleepless Nights Failed backup jobs are a leading cause of bad days and sleepless nights, which is why we took extra care to mitigate risk factors when protecting…