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Rubrik -  - Providing Cost-effective NAS Protection for Enterprise Customers via NAS Direct Archive

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Providing Cost-effective NAS Protection for Enterprise Customers via NAS Direct Archive

Given the recent digital explosion, the size of our customers’ NAS environments has drastically increased. A big reason for this is the relative ease with which companies can deploy, manage, and scale NAS storage systems. As more and more critical data makes their way to NAS systems (e.g., medical images, design files, and sensitive documents), enterprises are increasing their focus on NAS protection. Rubrik is a one-stop shop for enterprise data protection, and a large component of this protection is NAS. Given the significant size of our customers’ NAS environments, Rubrik built NAS Direct Archive with our new Andes 5.0 release to address the challenge of efficiently protecting large NAS environments. NAS Direct Archive combines our customers’ desire for a cost-efficient solution with Rubrik’s trademark simplicity and core capabilities such as single file search and recovery across massive filesets. Our approach delivers global mobility for all our customers’ NAS data by indexing and capturing metadata and orchestrating data to users’ destination of choice–public cloud, object store, or NFS. NAS Direct Archive is a testament to Rubrik’s commitment to tailoring our product to our customers while maintaining our industry leading position as an enterprise data management provider. Here are the top…
Rubrik -  - Sphero Chooses Rubrik for Easy Integration with Nutanix AHV and AWS

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Sphero Chooses Rubrik for Easy Integration with Nutanix AHV and AWS

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Sphero designs and develops robots that fuse physical robots, digital apps, and entertainment experiences. Founded in 2010, the company helped pioneer connected play with its smartphone-enabled spherical robots that encourage learning through play. Since the launch of their iconic BB-8 droid, Sphero has created robotic toys for some of the largest entertainment brands in the world, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar while also engaging kids worldwide with their presence in over 20,000 schools. We recently spoke with JD Snodgrass, IT Manager, who oversees all IT services at Sphero. Tell us about Sphero’s IT strategy. My team and I support and manage all end-user systems for the company, including networking, servers, AV, and help desk. Sphero is dedicated to providing employees with innovative technology to help serve its global customer base. As a result, ensuring always-on services is a top priority for my team. What issues were you experiencing with your legacy backup solution? Previously, we only relied on network storage devices and disk. We had no physical backups and no disaster recovery plan. Upon joining the company, I knew we needed more robust data protection. On top of that, we had an incident that caused part…
Rubrik -  - NWB Bank Simplifies Compliance Reporting and Saves Time with Rubrik

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NWB Bank Simplifies Compliance Reporting and Saves Time with Rubrik

Headquartered in the Hague, Netherlands, Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V. (NWB Bank) is a leading bank within the Dutch public sector. Founded in 1954, NWB Bank is the fifth largest bank in the Netherlands in terms of balance sheet. NWB Bank is supervised by the European Central Bank and has the highest credit rating from both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. The bank mainly serves local authorities (water boards, municipalities and provinces) and institutions under the guarantee of decentralized governments, such as housing corporations and healthcare institutions. We recently spoke with Michel Vaessen, ICT Manager and Rob Heemskerk, Network Engineer at NWB Bank. Tell us about your team and their responsibilities at NWB Bank. Vaessen: I oversee a nine-person IT team dedicated to supporting the bank’s internal users and external clients. Our central mandate is managing the company’s infrastructure, ICT projects, and network applications. We also provide digital services to our external clients and are currently working on creating a client portal to provide our customers even more insight into their loans and accompanying documentation. Data availability and employing cutting-edge technology are fundamental to our IT strategy. Rubrik fits perfectly with this vision and will allow us to reap the benefits of…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Doubles Down on Oracle Database Support, Delivering Instant Recovery and Clones at Scale

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Rubrik Doubles Down on Oracle Database Support, Delivering Instant Recovery and Clones at Scale

How long does it take you to backup a multi-terabyte Oracle database? How long does it take you to restore such a large database or clone it for developers? How do you manage hundreds, if not thousands, of backup scripts as your databases proliferate? How do you empower DBAs and developers to self-serve their data recovery and access needs while maintaining data governance and compliance? These are the questions Oracle DBAs and backup admins struggle with every day, especially as their digital transformation initiatives cause mission-critical database explosion and prolonged backup and recovery times. At Rubrik, we aim to remove these pain points and protect the world’s largest databases. We’re excited to introduce new capabilities built to run your mission-critical databases without compromising performance, security, and flexibility for DBAs, developers, and backup admins. Our support for Oracle databases will address three key data management challenges: inferior recovery times of large-scale databases, management complexity from manual scripting, and operational inefficiencies between database and backup admins.   Rubrik debuts Live Mount for Oracle databases, delivering near-zero RTOs with instant recovery and live migration upon failback. DBAs can also provide instant clones to developers, accelerating application development, testing and ETL (extract, transform, and…
Rubrik -  - Petit Forestier Deploys Rubrik for Cost Efficiencies and Easy Google Cloud Platform Integration

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Petit Forestier Deploys Rubrik for Cost Efficiencies and Easy Google Cloud Platform Integration

Headquartered in Villepinte, France, Petit Forestier is the European leader in refrigerated vehicle and container rental, providing key products for businesses whose success depends directly on controlled temperatures of their products and maintaining the continuity of the cold chain. The company has a portfolio of over 15,000 customers in diverse business sectors and more than 3,500 employees. With a network of 237 sites worldwide, Petit Forestier maintains an expansive fleet of more than 49,000 vehicles to serve its customers. We recently spoke with Guillaume Laurency, CIO and Johan Barre, Project Manager, Infrastructure, about their experience with Rubirk. Tell us about Petit Forestier’s IT strategy. Laurency: As a family-owned company, we care deeply about our employees. We want to ensure they have a world-class experience by equipping them with modern IT solutions that will last for the next decade. We need infrastructure that will scale to support our company’s growth and transition to the cloud. Rubrik is a true long-term partner for Petit Forestier, future-proofing our infrastructure as we develop their digital transformation and cloud strategy. Rubrik is more than just backup, providing us with greater use cases that can drive business objectives and deliver additional value to other teams. What…
Rubrik -  - Should Your Data Protection Strategy Go 100% Agentless?

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Should Your Data Protection Strategy Go 100% Agentless?

Over the past 30 years, we’ve grown  used to data protection solutions that require backup agents to be deployed within an OS. Historically, no other options were available, and the available solutions were designed to protect mostly physical machines, at least in the x86 world. Most people define  a backup agent (sometimes known as a backup client)  as a piece of software provided by the data protection solution that  performs the actual backup job from within the workload. This job is usually comprised of several tasks, including: Preparing the workload for online backup, which involves quiescing the filesystem and running applications to put them in a consistent state. Identifying new and changed data, such as blocks or files, since the previous backup operation. Processing new data, which might include actions such as deduplication, compression, and encryption. Transporting the backed up data to a backup storage target. Backup agents are deployed, controlled, and maintained by a master server that tells each agent what to do. The master server also collects and stores information about the backed up data, called metadata, and logs everything that happens. This is basically a client-server relationship that requires network communication between the backup infrastructure and each…
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 -  - Automate Windows Full Volume Recovery with Rubrik

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Automate Windows Full Volume Recovery with Rubrik

Can you instantly recover from a catastrophe, data loss event, or crash of your Microsoft Windows system? If you have ever been in this situation before, you may recall that simplicity reigns supreme. To help cope with disasters, systems and backup administrators desire simplified ways to achieve volume-level protection for their Windows environments. If you’re on a quest for a more innovative method that requires less manual effort and provides more flexibility and agility, Rubrik’s Windows Full Volume Protection (FVP) is for you. With Alta 4.2, Rubrik introduces Windows FVP to perform volume-based backup and recovery of the entire system and data drives that reside on physical Windows servers. Admins can now automate full volume recoveries with a process guaranteed to make efforts more efficient. What is Windows Full Volume Protection? Before diving into the benefits of our approach, let’s walk through the basics. Rubrik Windows FVP extends our capabilities to protect Windows components by utilizing our Rubrik Backup Service (RBS), which calls the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to capture crash-consistent snapshots of the volumes, such as: All Drives (C:\, D:\, etc.), including system and data drives Fileset type (NTFS) Volume Size Permissions This extension further enhances our…
Rubrik -  - In the Eye of the Beholder: Rubrik Alta 4.2

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In the Eye of the Beholder: Rubrik Alta 4.2

In any new release, there are the major features–the items you mention when asked for a 30-second version of “what’s new.” Rubrik Alta 4.2 is no exception, and we’ve talked a lot about the high-level themes and larger features. Perhaps it’s my IT Operations background, but while I get excited about the banner features, I also find the “smaller” items fascinating. I still remember reading release notes as a customer and seeing a feature or feature improvement that, while minor to many, was hugely impactful and an indication of development maturity. If developer cycles aren’t also put towards improvement to existing features or “minor additions,” that’s not healthy and is especially challenging for current customers. Given that, I’d like to take a few minutes to focus on a few less notable, but still important, 4.2 features. Let’s call them “In the Eye of the Beholder” features. Edge on AHV & Hyper-V I’ve spent a lot of time with customers who have extensive Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO) architectures. Backup and recovery in these environments can be painful–lack of physical space, tape rotation, budget challenges, performance, and more. While Rubrik in the data center traditionally has a 3 or 4 node minimum,…