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Rubrik -  - Your Primer on AWS EC2 Protection

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Your Primer on AWS EC2 Protection

Are you on the cloud-native train? Nowadays, it seems everyone is building new stateless cloud-native applications or refactoring their old “jalopies” to become container-based, microservice-architected, cloud-native “Teslas.” However, that isn’t the reality when you speak with most users. Many are still hesitant to run production workloads in the cloud because they are not sure if their data will be protected and managed. Even current cloud users have concerns about the challenges of protecting their stateful data. Earlier this month, we announced Rubrik Alta 4.2, which extended our enterprise hybrid cloud data management capabilities. Based on customer demand, we’ve made simplifying the protection of cloud workloads a key component of our platform, beginning with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instance protection. Protecting EC2 instances centers on efficiently managing EBS snapshots and Amazon Machine Images. We’ll dive into how Rubrik simplifies AWS EC2 protection in a follow-up blog post. But first, we need to level-set our understanding of related AWS technologies and the possibilities and challenges they present.  Let’s begin with the different storage types that an EC2 instance uses. What is an EC2 Instance Store? An instance store is temporary or ephemeral block storage for EC2 instances. It’s a logical volume…
Rubrik -  - Introducing Rubrik Alta 4.2: Purpose-built for the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

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Introducing Rubrik Alta 4.2: Purpose-built for the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

As enterprises undergo digital transformation, many have embraced hybrid cloud by hosting their applications on a blend of infrastructure platforms, including private cloud, public cloud, and traditional data centers. This trend shows no signs of slowing down, with over 90% of enterprises expected to use multiple cloud services and platforms by 2020.* Today, we’re thrilled to help solve the biggest challenges of the hybrid cloud enterprise with Rubrik Alta 4.2. Our newest additions simplify how organizations manage and protect data across their hybrid cloud deployments, whether they are building on AWS or other environments. Here are the key highlights of our new offering: Cloud-native Data Protection Through a Single Control Plane As enterprises look to deploy more applications on AWS, many are burdened with complex and fragmented legacy solutions. Alta 4.2 makes it easier to protect workloads running on AWS EC2 through Rubrik’s cloud-native backup and lifecycle management capabilities. To do this, we use native AWS APIs to take snapshots of the EBS volumes and add core Rubrik services, including Google-like search, policy-driven automation, and instant data access. Our customers can also leverage this feature to instantiate a replica of any EC2 instance in another AWS availability zone or region–with just…
Rubrik -  - Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Amazon S3

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Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Amazon S3

In a previous post, I discussed the role of data encryption as a critical component of any company’s security posture and the potential pitfalls of not using encryption properly. This is magnified when you are talking about storing data outside of customer data centers in public cloud storage repositories such as Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, and Google Cloud Storage. Security is one of the key pillars of Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management platform, and we design security into every aspect of the platform. This includes end-to-end encryption, both in transit and at rest, which extends to our integration with public cloud providers. The majority of Rubrik customers take advantage of our CloudOut capability to store their backup data in one of the big three public cloud providers, often as a replacement for tape. This approach is typically more cost effective, more reliable, and offers better response times in the event that data restoration is required. To secure data uploaded via CloudOut, Rubrik enables encryption in transit using TLS and encryption at rest using various methodologies. No matter the cloud provider, Rubrik applies the same three key principles to how we encrypt customer data: Use the strongest encryption cipher available and…
Rubrik -  - Choose Your Cloud: Rubrik Enhances Multi-cloud Management

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Choose Your Cloud: Rubrik Enhances Multi-cloud Management

At Rubrik, we are focused on architecting a complete enterprise data management platform from data center to cloud. The Rubrik Alta 4.0 release furthered this vision by rounding out support for the key modern physical and virtual environments in the enterprise with Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV support, instant recovery for SQL Server, native Oracle data management, and CloudOn instantiation services for AWS. Today, we are excited to announce Rubrik Alta 4.1, our tenth product release in three years. The release completes support for all major public cloud providers with Google Cloud Platform and expands CloudOn instantiation services to Azure. Here are the key highlights of Alta 4.1: Server-less test/dev and DR on Microsoft Azure With Alta 4.1, Rubrik CloudOn instantiation services now support both AWS and Azure. Enterprises can now instantiate VMs in Azure (in addition to 4.0 CloudOn support for AWS) through a “server-less” conversion of VMs to cloud instances for cost-efficient disaster recovery and test/development. CloudOn instantiation lowers costs of such use cases by utilizing cloud services only when needed. Enterprises can now mobilize apps across data center to cloud. Manage all Microsoft apps on one platform Rubrik provides a single platform to manage your entire Microsoft…
Rubrik -  - Disaster Recovery in the Cloud with Rubrik, Part 2: The Architectures

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Disaster Recovery in the Cloud with Rubrik, Part 2: The Architectures

My previous blog post focused on leveraging the public cloud as a DR site for a primary on-premises environment. For this use case, there are several cloud DR options based on a user’s Recovery Time Objective (RTO), Recovery Point Objective (RPO), and financial requirements: Backup and Restore, Pilot Light, Warm Standby, and Hot Site. In this post, I will show how Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management Platform can be used to build out a DR site in the cloud, regardless of the option they choose. Using Rubrik for Disaster Recovery in the Cloud There are a number of approaches that users can take to move data to the cloud, from home-grown scripts to cloud vendor-specific tools to robust data management platforms. In his Gestalt IT blog post, Tim Carr cited Rubrik as a tool that facilitates data archiving to the cloud and provides orchestration capability to help automate the Backup and Recovery option. Rubrik also provides tools to help users build out and extend all four of the DR options. Specifically, there are three important capabilities in our Cloud Data Management platform that support this use case: CloudOut: Archive backup data to object storage platforms such as Amazon S3 or Azure Blob…
Rubrik -  - Disaster Recovery in the Cloud, Part 1: Knowing the Options

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Disaster Recovery in the Cloud, Part 1: Knowing the Options

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with many users about their plans for public cloud vendors and disaster recovery (DR). Specifically, users ask me about how they can use AWS or Azure as the DR target for their on-premises environment. This is also a topic that Tim Carr addresses in his recent Gestalt IT blog post. In the first of two blog posts, we will examine the different DR options in public cloud. Why Use Public Cloud for DR? The traditional approach to DR requires significant investment of time and resources. At minimum, users must consider how they would replicate their primary infrastructure to a secondary site. That secondary site needs to be procured, installed, and maintained. During normal operations, the secondary site will typically be under-utilized or over-provisioned. The cost of such an investment is beyond the means of many companies. Even for companies with the means, DR is seen as a sunk cost that delivers little return quarter over quarter. However, not having an adequate DR strategy is also something no company can afford. The public cloud offers a way for companies of all sizes to build DR sites with little upfront costs through a pay-as-you-go model. Options…
Rubrik -  - Accelerating Your Cloud Data Management Strategy

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Accelerating Your Cloud Data Management Strategy

In my previous blog post, I responded to a Gestalt IT article by Tim Carr that reviewed the typical stages of public cloud adoption in an enterprise. In particular, I focused on Rubrik solutions such as CloudOut, CloudOn, and Cloud Cluster, which provide customers with advanced data management capabilities for each phase of their cloud adoption journey. Tim has followed up his article with a deeper look at how enterprises are approaching phase 2 and the important role that cloud data management plays in their journey. Three areas of emphasis that Tim highlights are security, management tool sprawl, and cloud lock-in. These are areas that Rubrik has thought hard and long about as part of its “clean sheet” approach to data protection and cloud data management. Security While security should always be top of mind, it’s frequently an afterthought addressed in phase 2 or beyond in the cloud journey.  But any time you consider sending data off-premises over the internet, there should be questions about securing data in transit and at rest. Rubrik provides an end-to-end solution beginning with data encrypted as it is being backed up to our Rubrik nodes. Each file is encrypted using client-side encryption prior to data…
Rubrik -  - Helping Customers with Their Cloud Journey

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Helping Customers with Their Cloud Journey

There was a time not so long ago when adopting the public cloud was considered too big of risk for the enterprise. Today, enterprises are seeing public cloud vendors as strategic partners and exploring new ways to leverage the innovation, agility, and scale of providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. However, enterprise use cases for the public cloud are not restricted to cloud-native workloads, as originally articulated by AWS and others, but also include more traditional and monolithic applications. As Tim Carr discussed in his recent Gestalt IT blog post, enterprise customers are embracing the public could but typically in a phased approach. Source: Can a Backup Appliance Really Help your Enterprise Cloud Strategy? – Part 2 These cloud journey phases often look like this: Phase 1: Leverage basic public cloud services that require minimal changes to current workloads or processes. Phase 2: Build out an infrastructure using public cloud resources for new workloads or for migrating existing on-premises workloads. Phase 3: Refactor applications to take advantage of public cloud scale and innovations, including more advanced public cloud services. Rubrik has built solutions into its Cloud Data Management platform focused on the needs of our customers as they…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Now Protects Cloud Apps Running in AWS and Azure

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Rubrik Now Protects Cloud Apps Running in AWS and Azure

Today, we’re excited to announce that Rubrik now delivers data protection (backup and recovery, replication and DR, archival, search, and more) for applications running in AWS and Azure. It’s easy to get started. Once you’re part of our Early Access program, we’ll provide the AMI/VHD directly to the AWS/Azure account for you to spin up on our recommended compute instances. With Rubrik, you can: Get up and running in minutes by deploying Rubrik as a software instance on AWS and Azure. Protect cloud applications, deliver inter- and intra-cloud replication (Azure to AWS, across AWS regions, across Azure regions), bi-directional replication between cloud and on-prem, cloud data archival, and more. Avoid cloud vendor lock-in by easily migrating data from public cloud to public cloud to optimize application service quality. Achieve unprecedented management simplicity by using the same consumer-grade HTML5 interface to manage applications on-premises, at the edge, and in the cloud. Start small and scale-out easily by growing the Rubrik cluster in lock-step with cloud data growth. All data is indexed and efficiently stored in a single, scale-out repository while providing data resiliency. Instantly locate and deliver application-consistent recoveries for data born in the cloud, including files, folders, filesets, VM, and…