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Rubrik -  - Welcome to Polaris: Courtesy of Slack and Serverless Compute

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Welcome to Polaris: Courtesy of Slack and Serverless Compute

At Rubrik, one of the “good problems” we have is massive hyper-growth across teams, which means we have to find easy, scalable ways to communicate to each other. This was put to the test with our launch of the Polaris SaaS platform earlier this year, which led to the Sales Engineer team getting multiple “can I get access to the Polaris demo account?” requests every week. In order to create the new accounts, I simply log into Polaris and select the Invite Users link, and then a welcome email that includes all relevant login information would be sent to the team member requesting access. Even though the invite process was just a few clicks, as someone focused on all things DevOps and automation at Rubrik, a small part of me would shudder every time I had to manually repeat the invite process. That was until Chris Wahl decided to throw down the gauntlet. As a self-confessed Slack (our communication tool of choice) addict, I was immediately intrigued and got to work. I soon had a proof-of-concept Python script up and running that automated the new user invite process. But now what? How could I turn that basic script into a…
Rubrik -  - Advancing Your Data Protection Strategy with APIs

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Advancing Your Data Protection Strategy with APIs

In today’s interconnected world, having a stand-alone product that only works within an ecosystem is not a reliable business proposition. The ability to change how data is stored, managed, and recovered is no longer a nice-to-have, but imperative to drive business and processes forward. The Current situation Traditionally, managing data was possible through GUI interfaces and, in some cases, by using not-very-well documented command line tools. Because these toxols are platform dependent and require specific documentation, they can slow down adoption and limit the usability of these products. Furthermore, introducing additional tools often produces a perpetual cycle of deployment and patch management to keep the tools up-to-date. There is also the, even if ever so slight, risk of introducing an unintended security vulnerability by having additional tooling installed on your systems. There have been recent examples in which third-party management tools were explicitly targeted and used for privilege escalation or data exfiltration. The Solution Because of API-driven development, we allow all our customers to interact with Rubrik directly. The advantage of this is that we can communicate with the API from any platform and use any scripting or programming language. As a result, our API-first solution delivers a more dynamic…
Rubrik -  - Cloudy Explorations at Cloud Field Day 3

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Cloudy Explorations at Cloud Field Day 3

As Chris Wahl wrote previously… It’s not often that I get to present to a room full of amazingly talented colleagues gathered from all around the world. But when I do, it’s typically during one of Gestalt IT’s Field Day presentations. While Rubrik has presented 5 times at Tech Field Day Events, presenting at Cloud Field Day 3 was particularly special. For the first time, we were able to host the delegates at our groovy HQ in Palo Alto. The tree outside turned out to be a great location for the Cloud Field Day 3 group photo. BUT…before the Rubrik presentations, we loved watching a brand new company launch from stealth – Droplet Computing. It brought a tear to our eyes as we remembered how we ended our own stealthy ways not even three short years ago. Chris Wahl kicked off our sessions with an introduction to Rubrik, our vision for the future, and recent announcements, including Rubrik Datos IO and the new Polaris SaaS platform. His intro helped set the stage for the upcoming presentations, which was appreciated by Tim Crawford and Scott D. Lowe. Next, we moved into a deep dive and demo of CloudOut, our long-term retention technology…
Rubrik -  - Building Automated Test/Dev Environments with Rubrik

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Building Automated Test/Dev Environments with Rubrik

IT environments can get complex. So, it’s only natural that trying to mimic a production environment as close as possible in a test environment (why else would you build it?) can get equally complex. You often don’t have the same exact resources available for test and dev as you do for production, which makes it additionally challenging. As a developer (and tester), you don’t want to be hindered by the shortcomings of the infrastructure (hence the popularity of consuming public cloud resources on-demand). Equally, IT infrastructure folks want to deliver the best experience possible for their internal consumers, so they look for ways to introduce more flexibility into the environment. One aspect of this can be automation. It is a way to potentially speed up delivery of resources, ensure a consistent service, reduce errors, and avoid additional interruptions, leading to increased productivity on both ends of the equation. So what if there was hidden potential deep inside your IT infrastructure that could help out in this regard? I’m talking about backup data — data that typically sits unused in your environment, consuming space and resources until called upon to provide restores that will (fingers crossed) return you back to operation…
Rubrik -  - Integrating Rubrik with ServiceNow for Rich Self-Service

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Integrating Rubrik with ServiceNow for Rich Self-Service

A key part of simple, hands-free data management is automation. That’s why Rubrik provides a suite of RESTful APIs for creating custom workflows. This post walks you through Rubrik’s integration with ServiceNow and some common use cases. ServiceNow is a cloud-based IT service management platform designed to reduce costs and increase business agility across all ITIL processes. Their rich integration system is built into their platform and enables end users to connect with third-party systems that may be otherwise unavailable. Rubrik’s integration with ServiceNow is a custom app that provides common backup and recovery workflows to the end user and helpdesk team through items presented in the ServiceNow Service Catalog. Ultimately, this functionality provides a higher level of self-service that is ITIL compliant and aligns with existing business rules.   What exactly can you do with the ServiceNow & Rubrik integration? ServiceNow Service Catalog The Service Catalog lists form-based requests for the help desk or end users who use ServiceNow as a central point of inquiry. Rubrik’s integration includes catalog items that are easily found within the Rubrik category. These items can also be moved into more user-friendly categories to align with the service desk standards. While it may seem…
Rubrik -  - Integrating Rubrik with Redhat Cloudforms Through Ansible Automation

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Integrating Rubrik with Redhat Cloudforms Through Ansible Automation

One of Rubrik’s principle tenants is integrated automation made possible by its rich suite of RESTful APIs. Rubrik follows an API-first architecture to enable infrastructure automation with third party services, including simplification of data management tasks and integration with configuration management tools. One example of custom workflows with Rubrik’s APIs is with VMware vRealize Automation. In this post, I will demonstrate another example of automated orchestration with Rubrik with Redhat Cloudforms and Ansible. Introducing Redhat CloudForms and Ansible Tower As of Redhat Cloudforms version 4.1, Ansible Tower is natively integrated. With this integration, Red Hat CloudForms leverages the automation capabilities of Ansible, enabling Ansible Job Templates to be launched from CloudForms Service Catalog as a Service Item. Ansible Tower is a configuration management tool designed to help automate infrastructure operations. Ansible Tower features management of host inventory, Ansible playbooks, access keys and passwords, as well as detailed reporting and auditing of infrastructure deployments. CloudForms is a hybrid cloud management platform based on the ManageIQ community. CloudForms provides a myriad of functions that include: Monitoring and tracking Capacity management and planning Resource usage and optimization Workload life-cycle management Policies to govern access and usage Self-service portal and catalog Controls to manage…