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Rubrik -  - Combat Ransomware & Increase Resiliency with Rubrik and Azure

Product

Combat Ransomware & Increase Resiliency with Rubrik and Azure

It’s 2020, and the frequency of and repercussions from ransomware are getting worse. Bad actors are taking advantage of increases in remote work and the lapses or gaps in security measures as the attack-surface spreads. In Q1 2020, the average enterprise ransom payment increased to $111,605, up 33% from Q4 of 2019. Business interruption costs are often 5-10x higher than direct ransomware incident costs. Lost revenue, downtime, and brand damage are factors that severely affect victims of ransomware if they’re unable to recover quickly. Recently, Karl Rautenstrauch, Principal Program Manager with the Microsoft Azure engineering team, gave a highly informative presentation about how Rubrik and Microsoft Azure are a powerhouse combination in helping to defeat ransomware. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation: A Common Ransomware Reality The following scenario happened to an Azure customer. It’s a bad story, but it’s one everyone can learn from. The customer’s entire network was impacted by a particularly nefarious form of ransomware that not only deleted content on users’ workstations where the ransomware was first encountered, but reached out across the network and deleted content from NAS appliances and from an appliance used to back up to the Azure Cloud. The ransomware…
Rubrik -  - Understanding Cloud Costs

Architecture

Understanding Cloud Costs

Your company runs cloud infrastructure on AWS and it wants to reduce the spend.  You’ve already got a Savings Plan in place, you’ve right sized your instances, but when you look in Cost Explorer, the spend is still too big to believe. What do you do? If you take one thing away from this post let it be this – your objective should be to understand your costs. While reducing costs is important and valuable, reduction should come as a consequence of understanding. The value of understanding cloud costs is something we at Rubrik discovered firsthand on our journey to reduce our bills. Below we’ll share anecdotes demonstrating our approach to achieving an understanding of our cloud spend, concrete examples of both successes and failures, and the learnings we picked up along the way.  These stories will include how:   Accurate attribution led to a speedy 10x reduction in a major account. Dogfooding led to a bug discovery, a fix, and corresponding savings. Using APIs and histograms allowed us to come to grips with reality. Process failure can be as important as software bugs. Rearchitecting resulted in a 600x reduction in CI/CD cost. At the core of success is a model…
Rubrik -  - Sessions at FORWARD Digital Summit for Every Stage of Your Cloud Journey

Company

Sessions at FORWARD Digital Summit for Every Stage of Your Cloud Journey

FORWARD Digital Summit, a fully-virtual experience on May 11, features a number of technical sessions from the cloud era’s boldest thinkers and technologists. As forward-thinking enterprises have moved to the cloud over the years, we find customers at various points in their journey –  from those balancing hundreds of workloads in complex, multi-cloud environments to those who are just now laying the groundwork for cloud mobility. No matter where you are in your multi-cloud journey, the FORWARD Digital Summit has a session for you: You: Curious about the first steps your organization can take to mobilize to the cloud The session: Workload Mobility from Zero to Any Cloud Customers can be overwhelmed with the complexity of workload mobility and migration – understanding networking requirements, workload dependencies, choosing hybrid or multi-cloud destinations, and deciding if applications should be refactored can often stall or drag out strategic cloud projects. In this session, Emad Younis, Staff Cloud Architect at VMware, will dive into how to create your workload mobility passport, key considerations when migrating workloads, and leveraging tooling. You: Trying to unify management across a hybrid or multi-cloud environment. The session: How to Use Rubrik to Protect All of Your Cloud Workloads [Register…
Rubrik -  - FORWARD Digital Summit Sessions Now Live: What to Expect

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FORWARD Digital Summit Sessions Now Live: What to Expect

FORWARD Digital Summit is weeks away, and we’re thrilled by the enthusiasm our customers, partners, and community have shown about the event! A fully-virtual experience, FORWARD Digital Summit will take place on May 11th and deliver a full program of thought-provoking keynotes, breakout sessions and demos, and opportunities to connect with peers. The event will feature a variety of industry veterans, groundbreaking technologists, leading innovators who will share insights into everything from Rubrik’s vision to entrepreneurship and leadership principles.  To complement these activities, we’re hosting a variety of sessions focused on navigating the changing data protection landscape. Led by internal and external experts, these sessions dive into the most-talked-about IT topics, data management use cases, and the future of multi-cloud. To help you plan your agenda (builder coming soon!), we’ve broken down sessions into four key categories:  Core Platform Organizations interested in Rubrik and customers looking to sharpen their Rubrik knowledge will enjoy these employee- and customer-led sessions that go under the hood of the core platform, dive into best practices, and showcase new use cases. Sessions include: How The Home Depot Manages a Large-Scale Rubrik Deployment: The Home Depot, one of our largest customers, automated Rubrik Edge to be…
Rubrik -  - Expanding our Technology Solutions with Microsoft, NetApp, and VMware

Product

Expanding our Technology Solutions with Microsoft, NetApp, and VMware

At Rubrik, we build to make our customers’ work easier across their entire infrastructure, especially as they move to hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Customer feedback drives our product roadmap, and we heavily invest in our partners to deliver critical solutions that solve the biggest enterprise data management challenges.  We’re always looking for new ways to innovate and expand our partner ecosystem and are thrilled to introduce three upcoming solutions! Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come: Protecting Azure NetApp Files with Rubrik Unstructured data brings about new data management challenges. In many large enterprises, the size of unstructured data is in double or even triple-digit petabytes and continues to grow exponentially. The sheer volume of data and number of files, which can run into the billions, makes it difficult for backup software to identify which files to protect, as the entire file system needs to be examined for changes since the last backup. This can result in horribly slow backups, failed backup jobs, and unfavorable resource consumption. To solve these challenges, we recently introduced Rubrik and NetApp StorageGRID, which enables users to automate data lifecycle management at cloud scale. We also introduced our first-to-market integration with SnapDiff APIs (expected…
Rubrik -  - The Digitization of Media: Protecting and Delivering Content with the Cloud

Customers

The Digitization of Media: Protecting and Delivering Content with the Cloud

Cloud computing was once a buzzword. Now it’s a reality. This massive adoption of cloud is happening across nearly every industry and vertical as companies look to lower costs and increase agility. In this blog, we explore how two of our media and entertainment customers, Sesame Workshop and America’s Test Kitchen, are embracing the cloud to unlock added business value. Sesame Workshop Supports Key Digitization Efforts and Moves to the Cloud with Rubrik Sesame Workshop is a non-profit providing educational entertainment to children through a variety of media platforms and is best known for overseeing Sesame Street, the longest-running children’s show of all-time. Delivering educational programming to children in over 150 countries, Sesame Workshop’s IT team manages over 45 years-worth of intellectual property. Having previously relied on outdated, complex, legacy technologies, the organization selected Rubrik to help their team protect, archive, and manage business-critical data and content and to accelerate their use of Microsoft Azure. Sesame Workshop CTO Shadrach Kisten insists that the cloud is necessary for content archival, long-term retention, and accessibility among team members – something Rubrik facilitates. According to Kisten, “With Rubrik, we will be able to archive to Azure for 90 days and then push the…
Rubrik -  - Tips for Migrating Your App to the Cloud

General Tech

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

General Tech

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

General Tech

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…