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Rubrik - Blog - It’s Official: Rubrik is VMware Ready!

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It’s Official: Rubrik is VMware Ready!

We all enjoy adding new, innovative technology solutions to our data centers to increase productivity, solve difficult challenges, and gain a competitive edge in the market. However, this often requires a bit of a balancing act against the risk of making changes to the status quo – both in terms of the technology used and assuaging stakeholders that financially critical workloads will continue to function. In the case of Rubrik’s Converged Data Management solution, the r300 Series Hybrid Cloud Appliance, adoption has been spectacular and customers have shared some really snazzy feedback on how their operations and work-life balance has improved. We sweep away a very large set of the complexity surrounding data protection, disaster recovery, and workload restores, allowing IT professionals to innovate their skill sets and processes. The large number of customer testimonials we feature certainly help back up our claims, but there’s still more we can do! Today, I’m really excited to share that we’re making data center adoption of Rubrik’s flagship product line even easier with the announcement of our VMware Ready endorsement. This is VMware’s highest level of endorsement and requires passing a grueling battery of testing and standards requirements, proving that we’re fully invested in…
Rubrik - Blog - Converged Data Management Unwrapped – API-Driven Architecture

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Converged Data Management Unwrapped – API-Driven Architecture

Welcome to the third post in the Converged Data Management series: API-Driven Architecture. To best understand how this property impacts the modern data center, it’s important to take a step back and view how today’s services – meaning the various number of servers that construct an application offered to the business or its clients – are created, consumes, and retired. This is often referred to as lifecycle management.As a service is instantiated, there are a number of lifecycle milestones to reach. These include the details needed to request a service from a portal or catalog, the provisioning tasks to build the service, various care and feeding events while the service runs, and ultimately the retiring and archival aspects of the service. More often than not, these milestones are wrapped into various orchestration engines and front-ended by a Cloud Management Portal (CMP) for administrative and tenant based consumption. In other scenarios, there are still automation workflows being utilized by way of point-and-click scripts and customization tasks. An API-Driven Architecture comes into play as IT professionals work to progress a service through the various lifecycle milestones along with other third party tools and infrastructure stacks. As technical teams attempt to piece together…
Rubrik - Blog - “Strawberry Fields Forever” with Rubrik

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“Strawberry Fields Forever” with Rubrik

Nathan Bach, Senior Systems Engineer, and Jose Ambrosio, Systems Engineer, explain how Rubrik helped Driscoll’s overcome recovery challenges stemming from array-based snapshots. Tell me about yourself and role. How did you get here? Nate: Prior to Driscoll’s, I was a solution architect at a tech reseller helping SMB to enterprise customers implement solutions from VMware and HP. Driscoll’s was actually one of my customers. Driscoll’s gave me an opportunity to come in and start implementing virtualization. Today, we’re 95% virtualized. Jose: I started out picking blackberries in the field as a teen, and was invited to work for Driscoll’s. I interned in different functions—quality, research, IT. I went back to school with the purpose of coming back to Driscoll’s as a systems administrator. Why were you investigating new backup solutions? Nate: Array-based snapshots was our backup strategy. Our primary storage vendor’s vision was to buy more arrays, mirror and replicate to more storage arrays. Doing so became expensive since backups quickly consumed our production capacity, and this limited our retention policies. We ran the risk of having our backups located in the same site as our primary storage. Managing this was incredibly difficult given the lack of file granularity. Locating…
Rubrik - Blog - Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Infinite Scalability

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Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Infinite Scalability

In the second part of my series on Converged Data Management, I’m putting another property under the microscope – Infinite Scalability. The underlying premise is that the fabric that is providing data management can be deployed in a shared-nothing manner with a limitless architecture focused on linear growth. Woah, what does that all mean?Let’s pick these ideas apart, one by one. A shared-nothing system is one built of a series of nodes that have no dependency upon each other. If a node fails, or parts of a node fail, the fabric remains healthy and operational without any negatively impacting penalties. Ideally, this architecture is expanded beyond the node itself, expanding out to the enclosure, rack, or even entire data centers. Contrast this to systems that are reliant upon dependencies and use alternative tricks to hide or protect them – load balancers, failover clustering, and so forth. If a failure occurs, performance suffers due to the need to ingest data into a central choke point – such as a master server, quantity of proxy nodes, or a database instance. Availability is also put at risk, especially considering that most components in a dependency chain have only a single failover counterpart because of…
Rubrik - Blog - Open Source vRealize Orchestrator Plugin Released

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Open Source vRealize Orchestrator Plugin Released

Converged Data Management is built upon five significant features, one of which is the concept of an API-Driven Architecture. I’m a firm believer that open and published APIs will rule the world, seeing as how they enable the ecosystem at large to extract enhanced value from a solution. With Rubrik, it means that data residing within the r300 Hybrid Cloud Appliance or the public and private archive can be further leveraged to bring about incredibly useful answers to irritating enterprise challenges.But don’t take my word for it. Two senior architects at AHEAD – a consulting practice in Chicago that focuses on hybrid cloud, data center infrastructure, and enterprise service management – have created something rather unique in a very short time span. They have crafted an open source vRealize Orchestrator plugin for Rubrik Converged Data Management using our 1.0 release APIs. Nick Colyer and Eric Shanks, the dynamic duo responsible for this snazzy contribution to the community, are writing a series of blog posts that discuss vRealize Orchestrator, RESTful APIs, and how they went about creating the code. Kudos, gentlemen! vRealize Orchestrator (vRO, formerly vCenter Orchestrator) is an important part of the vSphere equation and doesn’t seem to get the…