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Rubrik - Blog - New White Paper – Rubrik and VMware Virtual SAN

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New White Paper – Rubrik and VMware Virtual SAN

One common thread among all application requirements is the need for reliable, performant storage. Today, that comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes – from legacy, dual-controller arrays to software defined storage using distributed, scale-out architectures. All of the choice can be a tad daunting at times, especially when you consider the criticality of workloads that will be writing and reading their data. At Rubrik, we see a vast number of different storage solutions in production for our customer workloads. One of the first questions that crop up is around compatibility – can we provide data protection services for their VMware virtual machines? The simple answer is: sure! As I’ve rambled on about before, abstraction by way of vSphere APIs for Data Protection (VADP) allows our Converged Data Management fabric to largely ignore the underlying storage technology being used to provide data services to an application. While not all of them are fashioned in the same way, specific nuances are handled by the hypervisor directly. But it’s one thing to say that two technologies work together and quite another thing entirely to prove it out. My many years as an engineer and architect have taught me to “trust,…
Rubrik - Blog - How We Built More Efficient Data Archival with Cloud

Architecture

How We Built More Efficient Data Archival with Cloud

The move to cloud is no longer a question of if but rather when. However, enterprises are still confused on how to adopt a cloud strategy within their own environments. As our CEO Bipul Sinha stated at the Looking AHEAD Tech Summit, in order to increase cloud adoption, “companies need to create killer applications to leverage the cloud.” At Rubrik, we create applications that help enterprises transition to cloud seamlessly. The first step in the path is to archive the backups. The challenge of archiving to public cloud is ensuring that data can be pulled down into an on-premises location without breaking the bank or your recovery time objectives. This is where Rubrik works its magic. When Rubrik manages your data, it keeps a record of the metadata that is quickly accessible without data rehydration. You can locate VMs and files instantly with Google-like search. Just type a few letters into Rubrik’s predictive search engine, and you’ll get served results instantly. In this post, I will describe how Rubrik archives data and makes data rehydration fast and efficient. Snapshot Upload We have jobs running per VM that archives snapshots depending on the configured SLA policy for that VM. When an…
Rubrik - Blog - An Interview with the Top 5 vBloggers

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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

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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

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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…