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Rubrik -  - Introducing Rubrik API Code Capture Chrome Extension

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Introducing Rubrik API Code Capture Chrome Extension

If you’re familiar with Rubrik’s product suite at all, you’ve probably heard us talk about our API-driven architecture, a design principle that has been key to our technology since day 1. This architecture all boils down to our goal of helping customers leverage automation to simplify data protection and management tasks, allowing IT teams to spend time on more strategic projects.  Automation using Rubrik’s REST–and now GraphQL–endpoints can be executed for a variety of use cases. But one of the most common questions I hear from customers is how do I automate X task? One of the easiest ways to determine which APIs to use is to complete the workflow within the Rubrik UI and then monitor which APIs are being consumed during that process. To make this whole process even more efficient, I’m excited to introduce the Rubrik API Code Capture Chrome Extension, now available for anyone to download. This extension makes monitoring API calls more digestible for our end users, allowing them to easily determine which API calls should be used in their external scripts. While Rubrik API Code Capture is useful for any IT organization, it’s especially effective for those who are newer to automation and scripting. Benefits…
Rubrik -  - FORWARD Digital Summit Recap: Our Most Popular Sessions

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FORWARD Digital Summit Recap: Our Most Popular Sessions

Rubrik recently launched FORWARD Digital Summit, our first-ever user conference that we hosted through an interactive, fully-digital experience. With over 8,000 global data management professionals attending, FORWARD delivered a variety of intense technical and industry-focused content from our users and leading technologists. I was especially excited to be part of our product announcement demo, which showcased our latest Polaris offerings for O365 OneDrive, Google Cloud, and AWS RDS. You can check out my cameo here. These sessions are now available on-demand to anyone and are split up into four distinct tracks. But there’s a lot of content to sift through–over 25 breakout sessions and keynotes to be exact. So, here’s a rundown of our most popular talks—and a few honorable mentions: An Introduction to Rubrik for Backup Administrators, DBAs and Architects  This 12-minute walkthrough was the most attended session at FORWARD and offers a preview into our product and capabilities for those new to Rubrik. Whether you’re a backup admin or cloud architect, see how Rubrik’s policy-driven approach to data protection can drive automated backup and recovery, seamless migration to the cloud, and massive amounts of time and cost savings.  Expert Seminar on Rubrik APIs I led this session with…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik As Built Report for Easier, Automated Documentation

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Rubrik As Built Report for Easier, Automated Documentation

It’s in the back of your mind, lurking in the corner, consuming your every thought as you try meticulously to forget it. You may even think you can skip it or leave it for someone else. But you know that when the time comes, you and your peers will need it, and that ultimately it’s one of the most important parts of IT. Does this process of writing as-built documentation sound familiar to you? Luckily, you can now document your environment without the standard time investment and stress through a completely automated process that always provides the most up-to-date, accurate documentation. Meet the Rubrik As Built Report. Hello, As Built Report The As Built Report project, started by Tim Carman and Matt Allford back in 2017, aims to take the act of documentation and make it, well, as the title says: suck less. The project is a PowerShell based, open-source configuration document framework that can produce automated, as-built documentation in multiple document formats across a number of vendors and technologies. The As Built Report project solves three of the most common pitfalls of writing as-built documentation: Documentation is a tedious task: For many IT organizations, documentation is still a very…
Rubrik -  - FORWARD Digital Summit Sessions Now Live: What to Expect

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FORWARD Digital Summit Sessions Now Live: What to Expect

FORWARD Digital Summit is weeks away, and we’re thrilled by the enthusiasm our customers, partners, and community have shown about the event! A fully-virtual experience, FORWARD Digital Summit will take place on May 11th and deliver a full program of thought-provoking keynotes, breakout sessions and demos, and opportunities to connect with peers. The event will feature a variety of industry veterans, groundbreaking technologists, leading innovators who will share insights into everything from Rubrik’s vision to entrepreneurship and leadership principles.  To complement these activities, we’re hosting a variety of sessions focused on navigating the changing data protection landscape. Led by internal and external experts, these sessions dive into the most-talked-about IT topics, data management use cases, and the future of multi-cloud. To help you plan your agenda (builder coming soon!), we’ve broken down sessions into four key categories:  Core Platform Organizations interested in Rubrik and customers looking to sharpen their Rubrik knowledge will enjoy these employee- and customer-led sessions that go under the hood of the core platform, dive into best practices, and showcase new use cases. Sessions include: How The Home Depot Manages a Large-Scale Rubrik Deployment: The Home Depot, one of our largest customers, automated Rubrik Edge to be…
Rubrik -  - Built-in Immutability for Cyber Resiliency

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Built-in Immutability for Cyber Resiliency

Imagine one or more of your systems is unavailable because of some malicious attack, whether a nasty virus, ransomware, or sabotage from a disgruntled employee. No worries, these things happen —  you’ll recover from backup. Except you discover that your backups have been compromised in the same manner. This is usually where the term air gap gets dropped. Someone will say, “you need a truly offline backup — tape! There’s no way ransomware can get into a tape backup!” While that’s true, how long does it take to recover from tape stored in a land somewhere far, far away? If a backup takes so long to restore that there’s major financial or business impact, does it actually exist? Realistically, there are ways to protect your data stored by backup systems even without this gap.  I previously wrote a blog post about immutable infrastructures, but compute infrastructures are not the only way that immutability matters in the data center. Immutable, by definition, means the state is set or inflexible once constructed. In other words, it cannot be changed. The goal is to build a more reliable automated compute infrastructure in order to enable stable continuous delivery. Data is becoming more and more…
Rubrik -  - How Automation Can Advance Your Career

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How Automation Can Advance Your Career

Working in IT keeps you on your toes as you constantly evaluate, test, and implement new technologies and applications. In many ways, IT environments are getting more difficult to manage and protect due to rapid data growth, the increase in available tools and integrations, and the rise of cloud adoption. In addition, IT organizations are now (finally!) often considered strategic business partners as data becomes more valuable and business-critical. This shift also means that IT admins are often asked to do more with less, which is why many organizations are leaning on automation. And (despite popular belief) creating scripts and automated tooling isn’t just for developers. Any IT professional—whether you’re an entry-level backup admin or seasoned DBA—can leverage automation. It’s a great way to meet your goals and advance your skillset. To give you a little inspiration, I can still remember exactly where I was and what process I automated for the first time. It was a fully automated NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP upgrade process that included creating a temporary HTTP server that could be used in the field. I also remember, looking back at that specific piece of automation, how rudimentary it was compared to what I’m doing today.…
Rubrik -  - Auto-Protect and Cross-Region Replication Using AWS Tags

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Auto-Protect and Cross-Region Replication Using AWS Tags

Rubrik Polaris, our innovative SaaS platform, delivers a new breed of data management applications designed to tackle data fragmentation and simplify protection across data centers and clouds.  Many customers who have adopted Polaris leverage the platform for their AWS workloads and are continuing to look for ways to increase automation and ditch manual tasks and ad-hoc scripts.  In response to these needs, Polaris now has the ability to protect Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances and Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes automatically upon creation through the use of snapshots. Once these snapshots have been taken, they can be configured to replicate automatically to another AWS Region. Auto-Protecting Using AWS Tags When speaking with our customers, we found that many want the ability to automatically apply appropriate protection policies to resources whenever an Amazon EC2 instance or Amazon EBS volume is created. By leveraging AWS tags, Polaris gives users the flexibility to determine precisely which resources to protect and when they should be protected. Polaris makes setting up auto-protection using tags incredibly simple to implement. Users simply need to create a tag rule in the Polaris dashboard that specifies the: tag to monitor. AWS account to manage. SLA Domain that…
Rubrik -  - GraphQL vs REST: What You Need to Know

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GraphQL vs REST: What You Need to Know

Of late, GraphQL has been presented as a revolutionary alternative to REST APIs—but as with anything else, it has its pros and cons. In some scenarios, GraphQL will indeed be a better solution, but in others, you might find that REST APIs are still preferable. This blog post will walk through the basic differences between GraphQL and REST APIs so you can make the best possible decisions for your automation needs. GraphQL: An Introduction GraphQL follows the same set of constraints as REST APIs, but it organizes data into a graph using one interface. Objects are represented by nodes (defined using the GraphQL schema), and the relationship between nodes is represented by edges in the graph. Each object is then backed by a resolver that accesses the server’s data. When a GraphQL server responds to an end user’s request, it begins with the query root, and the resolver executes every field on the requested object. A key-value map houses each field’s values, and some return another object selecting another set of fields. This continues until only a string or a number is returned. The server then responds with a nested set of objects, as requested by the end user. The…
Rubrik -  - Advanced Protection for vCD with Rubrik and PowerShell

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Advanced Protection for vCD with Rubrik and PowerShell

Hot off the announcement of being VMware certified for vCloud Director (vCD), we have two more exciting capabilities for our vCD users. First, we have added extensive support for vCD to our PowerShell SDK. Second, our Andes 5.1 release includes the ability to protect vCD Templates in a manner similar to our existing vCD vApp protection. This post will explore both of these new features. PowerShell SDK Updates Since its release, the Rubrik SDK for PowerShell has been a powerful and popular tool for managing day-to-day data protection tasks. Adding the ability to manage vCD protection via our SDK allows users and administrators to script protection and recovery tasks by providing reliable, repeatable automation of otherwise tedious workflows. Here are the newest cmdlets: Export-RubrikVApp: Exports a snapshot from a protected vApp to a new or existing vApp. Export-RubrikVCDTemplate: Exports a snapshot from a protected vCD Template to a catalog. Get-RubrikVApp: Provides information about a vApp, including ID and assigned SLA Domain. Get-RubrikVCD: Provides information about vCD instances connected to Rubrik. Get-RubrikVAppExportOptions: Provides metadata needed to perform a vApp export. Get-RubrikVAppRecoverOptions: Provides metadata needed to perform a vApp recovery. Protect-RubrikVApp: Assigns or removes an SLA Domain from a vApp. Restore-RubrikVApp: Performs…