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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 -  - 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 -  - 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 -  - How to Get Started with Open Source Projects

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How to Get Started with Open Source Projects

So you want to start dabbling in open source? There are tons of reasons why contributing to open source projects is a rewarding use of time–from advancing your career to supporting a community you like. But contributing to an open source project for the first time can be incredibly intimidating. Like many, I was apprehensive about contributing to open source projects at first. I kept putting it off, thinking that I would eventually help out when I had more to offer. But you don’t need to be an expert to support an open source project–you don’t even need to write code to be a contributor. The opportunities are often quite broad and many communities, like Rubrik Build, accept code and non-code contributions. Here are some easy ways to get started with open source: Join the Conversation The simplest and fastest way to get started with open source projects is to contribute your thoughts. No code required! Join in the conversation and offer your experience or use cases. This can be done with Slack conversations or providing input on issues associated with projects on GitHub. Alternatively, start the conversation by filing an issue for a project. Tell us if something isn’t…
Rubrik -  - Using Automation for Faster Cloud Adoption

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Using Automation for Faster Cloud Adoption

Most work conversations I’m involved in go something like this: blah cloud adoption blah agility blah. It’s true that public cloud provides an innumerable list of benefits, but to me, the most attractive aspect is a uniform, API-driven method of provisioning resources. This makes it inherently automatable, unlike so many frustratingly simple and tedious data center tasks. I always encourage organizations to use cloud as a gateway to automation. There are two primary avenues for automation: infrastructure provisioning and application-delivery aspects of the business. While easy in concept, automation requires a lot of initial investment before its value is returned. I like to start with focusing on the management aspect and automate most of the back-end operations tasks. For example, my team often builds and destroys Rubrik Cloud Cluster deployments as part of our testing, so this is something that made sense to automate. Across the team, some like to use automation tooling such as Terraform, while others prefer native template tools like AWS CloudFormation. We’ve made these use cases available on Rubrik Build so that you can use some of the same tools that we use internally. Terraform Modules We previously announced the Rubrik Provider for Terraform, which simplifies…
Rubrik -  - Welcome to Rubrik Build

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Welcome to Rubrik Build

Since Rubrik opened its doors in 2014, we have built our product around an API-first architecture. This means that our API is a first-class citizen developed by our engineers, who subject it to the same meticulous testing and quality control as the rest of the core Rubrik platform. This principle continues to be a key part of the company ethos. We believe in empowering our customers and partners to integrate Rubrik into third-party tools and apply our simple policy-driven approach to their entire environment. Today, I am proud to extend our API-first approach with the launch of Rubrik Build, an open source community where contributors can create new applications, automation tooling and integrations, as well as consume or improve existing projects that simplify monitoring, testing, development, and automated workflows. Our goal is to establish a community around consuming Rubrik’s world-class APIs to quickly get started with pre-built use cases, quick start guides, and integrations with popular tooling. The Build program was designed with our customers in mind, easing their transition to consuming APIs. Many of us in the tech community do not come from a traditional software engineering background. This can make contributing to open source seem daunting. I am…
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 -  - Provision and Protect vRealize Workloads

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Provision and Protect vRealize Workloads

“Software-defined” has taken over the data center, leading to many businesses adopting an IT-as-a-service approach. Leveraging a self-service approach streamlines processes by allowing users to provision as many VMs as desired on-demand. Goodbye to creating trouble tickets just so an IT administrator will create a VM! However, the self-service approach can also make lifecycle management a challenge. How do you ensure that these newly created workloads are protected? One option is to implement a modern API-driven solution with a single software fabric that allows the provisioning tool to assign a backup policy at the creation of the workload. This technique is known as Provision and Protect and can be executed using Rubrik’s APIs and the provisioning tool of your choice. Rubrik was built to be API-first since day one. Way back in 2015, Rubrik announced the ability to integrate with VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO), which allows administrators to automate tasks in both VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and vSphere. For the Provision and Protect use case, Rubrik can be integrated into existing or new vRA blueprints surrounding VM provisioning, requiring users to select an SLA Domain during the provisioning process. This ensures that each and every time a vRA catalog item…
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…
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