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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…
Rubrik -  - How Infrastructure as Code Supports DevOps Best Practices

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How Infrastructure as Code Supports DevOps Best Practices

As operations increasingly migrate to the cloud, there are more opportunities to develop support solutions and infrastructure, from ensuring security to improving integrations. Infrastructure as code can help you increase automation and reduce your deployment cycle time so you can help more customers interested in these services. Incorporating infrastructure as code into your IT org’s practices can help eliminate costly human setup errors and inconsistencies, save time, and more easily debug issues with your team or the open source community at large. What is Infrastructure as Code, Anyway? Infrastructure as Code (or IaC) is a descriptive model that allows you to automatically generate a desired environment, including networks, VMs, and connection types. IaC uses the same type of versioning approach that DevOps and software engineering teams use in source code, but it’s applied to build the exact same environment for each and every deployment. Consider IaC a method of automating the process of test environment setup. In the past, you would have had to manually specify the machines, configuration, and network each time you were testing an application in a particular environment. The manual approach is prone to human error and quite time-consuming. IaC automates the process by giving you…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Collection to Be Certified in Ansible 2.9!

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Rubrik Collection to Be Certified in Ansible 2.9!

Many of our customers leverage APIs and consume Rubrik Build projects to seamlessly automate and operate within a hybrid cloud environment. To provide the highest-quality integrations, we take a partner-focused approach when developing innovative solutions for the modern enterprise. To provide the best user experience, Rubrik has closely collaborated with Red Hat to design and develop our Ansible integration for Cloud Data Management.  Collections were announced as a part of Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.8 and are designed to provide a consistent format that allows partners, such as Rubrik, to ship a bundle of modules, plugins, roles, and documentation together. Using Collections simplifies management of Ansible content while maintaining ease of consumption. The Rubrik Collection for Ansible empowers customers to more tightly integrate configuration management, provisioning, and data protection. With our latest Ansible release, I am pleased to announce that Rubrik’s integration with Red Hat Ansible will be certified against Ansible 2.9. “Rubrik worked with Red Hat as a launch partner to certify their Ansible Collection, giving our joint customers robust support when using Ansible to automate mission-critical services. The integration follows Ansible’s best practices and enables Ansible and Rubrik customers to make data protection a component of their automation…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik + NetApp: Automate Data Lifecycle Management at Cloud Scale

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Rubrik + NetApp: Automate Data Lifecycle Management at Cloud Scale

In the 20+ years I’ve been working in tech, one of the things that stands out at Rubrik is its customer and partner-centric approach to building solutions. Here, customer feedback helps drive our roadmap, and we know our partners are critical for delivering our solutions. We’re always looking for ways to expand our ecosystem, which is why we’re thrilled about our new strategic alliance partner, NetApp. Today, we’re kicking off our partnership with Rubrik Cloud Data Management for NetApp StorageGRID, which enables enterprises to optimize data lifecycle management on cloud-scale architectures. NetApp StorageGRID is well-known throughout the industry, and just like Rubrik, the secret sauce is their policy engine. NetApp StorageGRID is a software-defined object storage solution that supports industry-standard object APIs such as the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) API. Users can create multiple service levels with metadata-driven object lifecycle policies, optimizing durability, protection, performance, cost, and location across multiple geographies. As requirements change, users can adjust policies and realign their data landscape. With Rubrik and NetApp StorageGRID, you can now automate data lifecycle management through Rubrik’s simple control plane while using StorageGRID as a cloud-scale object-based archive target. Both Rubrik and StorageGRID index file metadata to enable…
Rubrik -  - Capturing Data On-Demand Yields New Workflows

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Capturing Data On-Demand Yields New Workflows

The automation of repetitive tasks to ensure consistency and reliability is generally a great focus for technical professionals. This frees up time to tackle other initiatives that help differentiate your business while also limiting the amount of context switching required to get through various projects. The net result is an increase in speed and a more satisfying work experience. Rubrik’s SLA Domains provide a great deal of automation by scheduling all of the policy-driven snapshots required to meet your defined recovery point objectives (RPOs) for various workloads. However, there are times when ingesting data using an on-demand snapshot makes more sense than relying on the intelligent scheduler baked into Rubrik’s software stack. I’ve spoken with many customers who are actively leveraging on-demand snapshots to tackle some interesting workflows in both manual and automated workflows. In this post, I will dive deep into the architecture, design considerations, and use cases for on-demand snapshots as part of a larger series on SLA Domains. If you’re new to this technology, check out Mike Wilson’s post that introduces the concept of SLA Domains. The Advantages of On-Demand Snapshots Almost all systems have a mechanism in place to store state. This ranges from hypervisor snapshots,…