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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 -  - Building PowerShell ChatOps Integrations with PoshBot

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Building PowerShell ChatOps Integrations with PoshBot

Chat tools may have started out for simple communication, but many organizations are now leveraging chat to streamline their operations. This is known as ChatOps (or Chat Operations and Chat Automation), which aims to automate tasks, execute workflows, and retrieve the results directly in chat. In this post, we’ll look at the benefits of ChatOps and how to get started using Rubrik and PoshBot in combination with Slack. Advantages of ChatOps Before we dive into the technical specifics, let’s first answer the question: Why use ChatOps to automate anything? There are several reasons for using ChatOps, but one of the biggest reasons is that in most organizations, we are already using a form of chat interaction to communicate with teammates. Leveraging a familiar interface to automate tasks makes it much easier to expose scripts and workflows to non-technical users who would otherwise not have access. Another advantage is that the learning curve of using ChatOps is quite low. If a bot is added to an existing chat channel, everyone in the channel can see how a command is executed, which reduces both the learning curve and context switching. Instead of asking for help, a user with sufficient privileges is able…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Live Mount: More Than a Recovery Feature!

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Rubrik Live Mount: More Than a Recovery Feature!

Rubrik’s Live Mount for VMware VMs is one of those features that has been around since the very first version of the product. But over the last 5 years, the feature has changed a bit, broadening to support both SQL Server and Oracle databases as well as Hyper-V VMs. And as the breadth of what Live Mount supports has expanded, so has its capabilities. Live Mount offers both security and efficiency enhancements, but the core technology that powers the ability to take point-in-time snapshots of objects stored within Rubrik and present them back to a source has remained unchanged. And let’s face it; 5 years is a long time, and during that time, we have seen Live Mount providing our customers a means to restore faster, as testimonials like the one below can attest. But aside from just faster recovery, we are also seeing our customers utilize Live Mount to solve some other challenges in their day-to-day operations. Being able to duplicate point-in-time copies of a production environment with Rubrik Live Mount supports many unique scenarios that stretch far beyond recovery. If you are wondering how Live Mount may fit into your operations, think of it as an enabler rather…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Recognized as a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions

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Rubrik Recognized as a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions

At Rubrik, customers are our north star in guiding and shaping our roadmap. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say we’re slightly obsessed with our customers, which is why we are especially humbled to be named a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice in the Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions market. It is a special recognition near and dear to our heart because this distinction is given to us directly by our customers. We received a 4.8 out of 5-star rating, the highest in the market, from over 350 of our customers, and we couldn’t be more honored. We felt it was important to take this opportunity to understand the valuable insights and organic customer sentiment in each review. After scrupulously reading through each and every one of the reviews, these were the top five resonating takeaways that were important to our customers, straight from their words: Simplicity & Ease of Use: Rubrik was built with the revolutionary mission to not just shrink the complex backup infrastructure, but to automate the entire backup and recovery process, making it is simple, fast, and reliable. Radical simplicity and ease of use has always been our driving force, and we’re thrilled to see…
Rubrik -  - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Achieves API-Driven Automation and Security with Rubrik

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Achieves API-Driven Automation and Security with Rubrik

With roots dating back to the late 1800s, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is one of today’s leading global law firm with offices around the world. Recognized by the Financial Times as one of North America’s most innovative law firms and by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top 20 firms for client service, Pillsbury is highly regarded for their forward-thinking approach. We recently spoke to David Comer, Senior Network Engineer, about his team’s experience with Rubrik. Tell us about Pillsbury’s IT strategy. Our IT strategy is to be on the leading edge of technology. Both our global staff and clients expect our systems to be up and running 24/7, so we invest heavily in technologies that ensure high application availability. We are always looking for ways to consolidate, be more economical, and help our attorneys be as efficient as possible through innovative technology. What issues were you experiencing with your legacy backup solution? Our company relies heavily on Exchange, SQL, and Sharepoint to get our work done. With our previous solution, the recovery process for mounting Exchange Databases to recover mailbox items was extremely manual. It would take us an hour to restore a single VM,…
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).…