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Rubrik -  - Backup-as-a-Service with Rubrik and Red Hat CloudForms

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Backup-as-a-Service with Rubrik and Red Hat CloudForms

Self-service cloud management platforms that provision and manage IT infrastructure help organizations deliver agile environments for development teams to build, test, and release their applications. Platforms such as these are part of the reason Amazon, Microsoft, and others have made multi-billion dollar businesses out of delivering API-based elastic infrastructure. Many companies want to offer this kind of agility without putting all of their eggs in one cloud provider’s basket – preferring to put applications and environments on the most fitting platform. This freedom of choice allows them to maintain a compliant, controlled environment that suits their approach to digital transformation. Red Hat CloudForms helps businesses provide this secure, agile cloud experience by enabling them to define operational policy and control and abstract infrastructure components. CloudForms offers extensibility through CloudForms Automate to provide additional services on top of the core feature set delivered by CloudForms. This allows customers to provide services such as security and data protection in order to meet the compliance and regulatory requirements of a modern business. Through this framework, we have built the Rubrik Management Pack for CloudForms, which layers on backup-as-a-service offerings for CloudForms customers to protect and recover workloads with the Rubrik CDM platform. Rubrik’s…
Rubrik -  - Using Ansible with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

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Using Ansible with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

Automation is at the heart of Rubrik. Whether we’re automating our test framework or making our APIs as easy to consume as possible through our Python and Go SDKs, we’re always looking for ways to help our users increase automation adoption. When speaking with our customers, it’s clear that automation is also top of mind for them, with infrastructure-as-code being a common theme. That’s why I’m happy to announce the availability of the Rubrik Modules for Red Hat Ansible! Ansible is an open source orchestration tool that allows you to provision, manage, and codify your infrastructure. Ansible uses the language Playbooks  for configuration, deployment, and orchestration. You can simply define the desired infrastructure configuration in your Playbook, and Ansible will update the target environment in an idempotent manner. An Ansible module is responsible for understanding API interactions and exposing the resources from a given infrastructure, platform, or SaaS offering to Ansible. The initial release of the Rubrik Modules for Ansible includes: rik_assign_physical_host_fileset rubrik_cluster_version rubrik_job_status                 rubrik_assign_sla                                                   rubrik_bootstrap                                          Rubrik_on_demand_snapshot Rubrik_end_user_authorization rubrik_nas_fileset rubrik_physical_host rubrik_dns_servers rubrik_managed_volume rubrik_physical_fileset Let’s walk through an example of how Playbook Ansible works. Using the Rubrik Modules for Ansible, you can write a file that automatically takes…
Rubrik -  - Using Terraform with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

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Using Terraform with Rubrik Just Got Easier!

Automation is a part of Rubrik’s cultural DNA. Whether we are automating our testing framework or making our platform APIs as easy to consume as possible, we’re always looking for ways to help our customers increase automation. One of the ways that our customers are leveraging Rubrik APIs is via infrastructure-as-code workflows. That’s why I’m happy to announce the availability of the Rubrik Provider for Terraform! Terraform is an open source orchestration tool that allows you to provision, manage, and codify your infrastructure. The configuration file that Terraform uses enables you to write infrastructure as code in either JSON or HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL). Simply define the desired infrastructure state, and then Terraform updates the target environment in a declarative manner to match the defined state. This model allows for easy repeat automation. A Terraform Provider is responsible for understanding API interactions between and exposing the resources from a given infrastructure, platform, or SaaS offering to Terraform. Rubrik offers a provider for CDM, which can be used to manage several aspects of Rubrik, including the ability to create, update, or destroy: AWS Native Accounts AWS S3 CloudOut (using either RSA or KMS for encryption) AWS CloudOn Azure CloudOn Azure CloudOut…
Rubrik -  - Get-Started with the Rubrik PowerShell Module

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Get-Started with the Rubrik PowerShell Module

Rubrik APIs make it easy to interact, extract data, and build custom workflows. To empower our customers and make it even simpler to interact with our platform, SDKs for Go and Python have recently been made available. We’re excited to extend Rubrik’s focus on APIs with our updated PowerShell module. The PowerShell module contains a set of functions and cmdlets that can be used to connect to the Rubrik platform. Simplify your interactions with the Rubrik API by using the grouping, formatting, and pipelining features of the PowerShell language. Whether you want to get information about the backup status of your newly created workloads or build a fully automated workflow, the Rubrik PowerShell module is a powerful tool. PowerShell Core, the most recent release of PowerShell, makes PowerShell compatible with not only Windows PowerShell, but also platforms such as MacOS and Linux. The new update of the Rubrik PowerShell module gives you the ability to run scripts created on your platform of choice, allowing you to leverage the power of PowerShell and Rubrik from any device and on any supported operating system. To get started with this module, you will need to have PowerShell installed (available as a free download here).…
Rubrik -  - The Myth of Boring Backup

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The Myth of Boring Backup

Am I crazy for thinking backup is exciting? Prior to joining Rubrik, I was a Gartner analyst for 20+ years and spent the majority of my time there covering primary storage and backup and recovery. As a storage analyst, I saw the consistently high client inquiry volumes on backup and recovery and decided to switch my coverage to this area. Some of my colleagues shook their heads and couldn’t understand why I wanted to cover a technology area that was so “boring.” To me, backup is not boring; it’s the biggest pain point in the entire data center infrastructure! It has often become a huge burden that slows down an organization’s quest for agility. As I studied the market and technologies, I realized that the pain was caused by too little innovation. All the major enterprise backup solutions only had incremental improvements in the past 20 years and couldn’t meet the new backup and recovery performance requirements. As a result of relentless data growth, backup windows have become longer and longer, while recovery is too slow to meet the requirement of new digital initiatives and changing expectations. Today, backup has become one of the most exciting fields because it’s experiencing…
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 -  - Modern Development: Impossible Without Automation

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Modern Development: Impossible Without Automation

The normal release cycle for Rubrik Cloud Data Management (CDM) is quarterly — fast releases drive manual testing efforts through the roof. But any step in a process requiring human input has the potential to become a roadblock delays or kills productivity. To the extent possible, everything should be automated—and that includes testing. Automate the critical parts step by step, and you’ll be ready for continuous deployment. At Rubrik, we automate as much of our testing as possible. As with any software company, it is important that we thoroughly test our product before releasing it out into the wild world of our customers’ data centers. Factoring in a quarterly release cycle —  that’s not much time for development, QA, and testing. Test automation allows Rubrik to quickly and thoroughly test while maintaining more consistency. Time is freed up to work on new test cases or to debug failures while repetitive, automated testing continues. We have found that intelligent test automation provides the following benefits: Consistent test environment by removing the human element Increased productivity and time savings Fast response to changing business demands Speedier release cycle by validating builds quicker Improved customer experience The move to agile has led many…
Rubrik -  - be-itys Modernizes Data Management and Achieves High Performance with Rubrik

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be-itys Modernizes Data Management and Achieves High Performance with Rubrik

be-itys, headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, is dedicated to hosting, securing, processing, and managing sensitive data. We spoke with Manuel Rigaut, CIO of the be-ys group and be|itys, responsible for establishing an IT strategy in line with the business needs of the be-itys group. be-itys deployed Rubrik to support its network of more than 230,000 healthcare professionals and to scale easily. Tell me about be-itys and its product offerings. be-itys is a trusted digital company and wants to make innovation its driving force. We identify blockchain, big data, and deep learning as the future of digital trust. Our group applies its technology, its knowledge and know-how to the the strategic areas of activities of organizations, including legal security of digital transactions, probative value archival or management of services in the healthcare sector, or personalized prevention. What challenges were you experiencing with your legacy solution? As we experienced significant growth, we needed a data management solution that met our scalability needs while providing operational efficiency. We needed a robust IT infrastructure to support our network of more than 230,000 healthcare professionals. Additionally, we were looking for a solution to support our production environment with Nutanix consisting of 2,400 VMs. Why Rubrik? As…
Rubrik -  - The Beauty of Immutability

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The Beauty of Immutability

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 has happened). 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 recently 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 has become…