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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…
Rubrik - Blog - Leeward Business Advisors Drives Competitive Advantage with Rubrik

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Leeward Business Advisors Drives Competitive Advantage with Rubrik

Jason Klein, CTO at Leeward Business Advisors, spends his time hunting for the latest disruptive enterprise technology to transform business outcomes. An IT architect trained in economics, he’s racked up almost two decades of enterprise tech experience. Tell me about Leeward Business Advisors and how it differentiates from other service providers? We’re a Midwest managed service provider that delivers CTO/CIO-level consulting services for all types of organizations, from non-profits with 5-10 users to departments within large, Fortune 100 customers.  We take a business-centric approach that focuses on aligning business leadership with technology leadership. We accomplish this by engaging C-level executives to help prioritize business initiatives and outcomes that can be translated to the technology teams. We then offer services that accelerate those outcomes. How were you solving the data protection challenge prior to Rubrik? Our previous vendor didn’t provide us with any competitive advantage. The product works fine but didn’t fit into our overall service provider approach. We were looking for webscale solutions that could deliver linear scalability and mitigate single points of failure. We ended up hitting some performance and scalability issues with our previous solution. I’ve seen customers switch from X to Y to Z, trying to find…
Rubrik - Blog - Reducing the Impact of Application Stun

Architecture

Reducing the Impact of Application Stun

Application stunning during the snapshot process is a topic that often bubbles up in customer conversations on data protection for VMware environments. To level set, application stun goes hand-in-hand with any snapshot operation. VMware stuns (quiesces) the virtual machine (VM) when the snapshot is created and deleted. Cormac Hogan has a great post on this here. Producing a snapshot of a VM disk file requires the VM to be stunned, a snapshot of the VM disk file to be ingested, and deltas to be consolidated into the base disk. If you’re snapping a highly transactional application, like a database, nasty side effects appear in the form of lengthy backup windows and application time-outs when the “stun-ingest-consolidate” workflow is not efficiently managed. When a snapshot of the base VMDK is created, VMware will create a delta VMDK. Write operations are redirected to the delta VMDK, which expands over time for an active VM. Once the backup completes, the delta VMDK needs to be consolidated with the base VMDK. Longer backup windows lead to bigger delta files, resulting in a longer consolidation process. If the rate of I/O operations exceeds the rate of consolidation, you’ll end up with application time-outs.Rubrik was designed…
Rubrik - Blog - New vRealize Orchestrator Workflows for Enhancing Your Rubrik Experience

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New vRealize Orchestrator Workflows for Enhancing Your Rubrik Experience

One of my favorite topics of discussion is hearing how folks are embracing the world of Rubrik’s Converged Data Management to tie in our RESTful APIs with other systems for end-to-end automation. One such system is VMware’s vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) which was released as a community focused project on Flowgrab over half a year ago. Since then, we’ve added a lot more to the product across two major releases, such as replication, new form factors, and a plethora of user experience enhancements. This has a direct correlation on our API maturity in terms of functionality, available resources, and what can be done to the data protection fabric. I’m here to share the next evolution of our vRO Plugin. Our very own Matt Altimar, who has over a decade of experience as a Senior Server Administrator building and maintaining large enterprise data centers, has constructed a new open source project on GitHub with a ton of new Rubrik workflows. These are all compatible with release 2.0 of our product and sync up nicely with a vRO deployment. If you’re looking to expose workflows like SLA Domain assignment, on-demand backups, mount removal, and much more – you have to check out this project! Getting started…