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Rubrik -  - Tips for Migrating Your App to the Cloud

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Tips for Migrating Your App to the Cloud

In this age of falling cloud computing costs and hybrid cloud infrastructures, many businesses are trying to find a path to migrate their apps to the cloud. There are a myriad of reasons why app migration is top of mind: Potential cost savings Disaster recovery uses App refactoring or modernization Access to burstable resources Integration with SaaS platforms or new cloud-based tools (e.g. Amazon RDS, Azure App Services, and Google Cloud Spanner) In this blog post, I will explore some of the concepts and requirements needed to migrate an app from an on-premises data center to another location. This secondary location is typically a cloud provider, but many of the concepts apply when moving to a DR site, or even a developer’s laptop. In our example, we’ll use one of the most ubiquitous three-tier apps available: WordPress. The diagram below describes the components of our app. Understand Your App Let’s be honest—apps can be complex. If you’ve amassed technical debt in regard to documenting your apps or have little understanding of how they connect with other apps or business processes, you will have some homework to do. You’ll need to document and fully comprehend all aspects of your app, including:…
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 -  - Scoping the Options for Your Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution

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Scoping the Options for Your Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution

“Starting off, all options are always open, but as soon as you choose something, you inevitably limit yourself. If you go for B, A is out.” – Alva Noto, Musician and Artist For many of us in IT, we’ve operated under the mindset that our disaster recovery plan will save our bacon when an unfortunate incident hits. However, this attitude neglects one of the essential acts of due diligence that is incumbent for every DR design: continually evaluate and implement new and better options to ensure a solution is effective in the cloud era. Even if you are just starting to create your DR plan, it’s important to have a wide-windshield view of the offerings that cloud technology and different cloud providers can give you. Here are the ones that I will focus on in this post: On-premises to co-location or private cloud On-premises to a Managed Service Provider (MSP) or Cloud Service Provider (CSP) On-premises to multi-cloud (public and private) On-prem to Private Cloud Most traditional DR plans employ the warm/cold-like co-location design that sources the data in one data center (DC) the company owns and recovers in either another DC owned by the company (hopefully in a different geo…
Rubrik -  - Introducing Rubrik Go: Subscribe to Simplicity

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Introducing Rubrik Go: Subscribe to Simplicity

Today, we’re thrilled to announce Rubrik Go, a new evergreen subscription purchasing program designed to help customers easily modernize their data centers. The program applies a SaaS approach and empowers customers to enjoy future innovation through one simple and predictable subscription license. With Rubrik Go, customers can easily access the latest data management technology through free evergreen refreshes, streamlined software editions, and the flexibility to migrate data to the public cloud at any time with no additional costs. A trend we’ve seen among our customers is that as they try to modernize their data centers or migrate to the cloud, many are held back by the lack of flexibility with traditional licensing. This traditional on-premises model typically results in higher capital expenditures, a challenge for companies restricted by annual budgets and the inability to commit to large upfront costs. On top of that, many customers are tired of trying to access the latest technology without battling price hikes, lengthy contract negotiations, and unpredictable renewals. For example, if customers wish to migrate data to the cloud, they often have to repurchase their on-premises license. Rubrik Go is designed to solve these challenges easily. To enable agile infrastructures, Rubrik Go offers a…
Rubrik -  - Fast-Track to the Cloud with Rubrik Accelerator for Microsoft Azure

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Fast-Track to the Cloud with Rubrik Accelerator for Microsoft Azure

Every enterprise has ambitions to move to the cloud. But even with a strategy in place, organizations that rely on complex legacy solutions struggle to make that journey in a seamless, cost-efficient way. Rubrik was built to ease this journey through a single software solution that can manage and protect your data, regardless of where it lives. Today, we’re thrilled to further this mission by introducing Rubrik Accelerator for Microsoft Azure (RAMA) to simplify data management across on-premises and Azure environments. This special edition of our Cloud Data Management platform provides new users with free Azure and our well-loved CloudOn instantiation capability. RAMA builds off of our rich Microsoft support, including Office 365, Windows, Hyper-V, SQL Server, Azure, and Azure Stack.   So, why Microsoft and Rubrik? We share a common vision of helping customers accelerate their digital transformation. As Gavriella Schuster said at Microsoft Inspire, “Rubrik can help customers, within 4 clicks, pull all their data and archives into Azure”. Microsoft tapped Rubrik’s shoulder for a joint solution due to our already-strong technical alignment. Rubrik was the first to pioneer the game-changing Live Mount capability for SQL Server, enabling instant recovery and multiple test/dev use cases such as table comparisons…
Rubrik -  - How to Beef Up Your Backup-as-a-Service

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How to Beef Up Your Backup-as-a-Service

There is one constant in the world of IT, and that is the word “change.” Today, change often refers to the rise of cloud adoption. One of the biggest impacts of cloud is its role in thrusting traditional data centers into more modern OPEX-driven data centers optimized for as-a-Service (aaS) models. For many organizations, Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) has become a critical consumption model since it bridges the gap between protecting data on-premises and in the cloud. BaaS has proven especially valuable in the midst of arduous IT departments struggling to protect the goldmine of data buried in their storage troves. BaaS is a useful tool for organizations to procure backup and recovery services from their storage troves in a fast, flexible, and agile way while delivering cost savings. Although not a new consumption model, Backup-as-a-Service has gained popularity as large enterprises and MSPs continue to search for new ways to enhance their backup infrastructure and portfolio of self-service offerings. Many service providers still struggle in their search for a flexible solution that allows tenants to manage SLA policies and self-service recovery in a secure, isolated network. Look no further as Rubrik Envoy, in addition to vCloud Director (vCD), simplifies and accelerates…
Rubrik -  - Accelerating the Cloud Journey with Rubrik and AWS

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Accelerating the Cloud Journey with Rubrik and AWS

Today, we’re proud to announce that Rubrik has achieved AWS Storage ISV Partner Competency, which recognizes our powerful cloud technology and proven ability to support customers evaluating and using AWS. The AWS Competency Program simplifies the adoption of new solutions by providing AWS customers with quality APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and success in specialized areas. Earning the highest level of partnership that an AWS partner can attain is a testament to Rubrik’s cloud-first approach to data management. That’s why I want to take a step back to talk about our integration with AWS and how companies are leveraging Rubrik when on-ramping to the cloud. At Rubrik, our customers are on a journey to modernize their infrastructure and meet the changing demands of businesses. More often than not, this journey takes them to cloud providers such as AWS that can help them achieve cost efficiency and increase business agility. Rubrik was built to accelerate our customers’ cloud adoption, whether it’s by simplifying archival to Amazon S3, streamlining recovery and migration to AWS, or enabling multi-region and hybrid environments. For each phase of the journey, Rubrik has built capabilities into its platform that simplify the process of moving data…
Rubrik -  - AWS EC2 Protection with Rubrik

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AWS EC2 Protection with Rubrik

For most IT professionals, data protection is a difficult and thankless task. Adding to the pain, data protection tools can be even more complex and brittle than manual processes. Take, for example, the protection of virtual machines/instances in the public cloud. The primitives help protect your data, but automating the process often requires cobbling together various scripts and services that have to be constantly maintained. Solving these pain points was a major part of the recent Rubrik Alta 4.2 release. Based on customer demand, we’ve made simplifying the protection of cloud workloads a key benefit of our platform, beginning with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instances. In a previous post, I provided an overview of the various AWS primitives, such as EBS snapshots and Amazon Machine Images, that are involved with EC2 instance protection. This post will go under the hood of how Rubrik uses these primitives to automate and simplify protection. What Challenges Are We Solving For? We designed Alta 4.2 to address the top data management challenges we heard from customers and prospects who are running workloads in AWS. This includes those who are new to the public cloud and those who run primarily in the cloud. Here…
Rubrik -  - Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Azure Blob Storage

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Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Azure Blob Storage

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. Since the beginning, security has been a key pillar of Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management platform. Our engineers have built security into every aspect of the platform, from end-to-end encryption to immutable backups. Naturally, this obsession with security extends to our integration with the cloud. As customers adopt the cloud, many are leveraging our CloudOut capability for long-time archive in the public cloud, 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. I recently spelled out how Rubrik secures data that is sent to the cloud by encrypting data both in transit and at rest using a variety of methodologies with AWS. This post gives a more in-depth look at Rubrik’s main principles for encrypting data in the cloud, including using the…