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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…
Rubrik -  - Advancing Your Data Protection Strategy with APIs

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Advancing Your Data Protection Strategy with APIs

In today’s interconnected world, having a stand-alone product that only works within an ecosystem is not a reliable business proposition. The ability to change how data is stored, managed, and recovered is no longer a nice-to-have, but imperative to drive business and processes forward. The Current situation Traditionally, managing data was possible through GUI interfaces and, in some cases, by using not-very-well documented command line tools. Because these toxols are platform dependent and require specific documentation, they can slow down adoption and limit the usability of these products. Furthermore, introducing additional tools often produces a perpetual cycle of deployment and patch management to keep the tools up-to-date. There is also the, even if ever so slight, risk of introducing an unintended security vulnerability by having additional tooling installed on your systems. There have been recent examples in which third-party management tools were explicitly targeted and used for privilege escalation or data exfiltration. The Solution Because of API-driven development, we allow all our customers to interact with Rubrik directly. The advantage of this is that we can communicate with the API from any platform and use any scripting or programming language. As a result, our API-first solution delivers a more dynamic…
Rubrik -  - NAS Recovery for the Cloud Era

Architecture

NAS Recovery for the Cloud Era

At Rubrik, we have architected our product for enterprise scale. Our typical NAS customer has at least a few hundred TBs, up to many PBs, of NAS in their environment.  Backing up this large of an environment while ensuring SLA compliance is a huge challenge for them, as it requires a platform that is highly parallelized, vendor-agnostic, and policy-based. With our customers’ pain points at the forefront of our minds, we have built an innovative solution to managing NAS. A Modern Approach to Backing Up NAS We’re focused on developing a solution that delivers both simplicity and high performance, even in large-scale environments. For enterprise customers with NAS systems, our approach delivers four key benefits: Cost-effectiveness: Just like Rubrik is disrupting the overall backup and recovery industry, we’re developing a truly innovative way of protecting today’s enterprise environments. We take a cloud-first approach to our NAS solution so that users can enjoy the flexibility and cost-efficiency of the cloud. Not only do we provide our customers with the ability to archive to on-prem targets such as NFS and object stores, but we also allow users to store files of both structured data (like documents or spreadsheets) and unstructured data (like PDFs…
Rubrik -  - Cloudy Explorations at Cloud Field Day 3

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Cloudy Explorations at Cloud Field Day 3

As Chris Wahl wrote previously… It’s not often that I get to present to a room full of amazingly talented colleagues gathered from all around the world. But when I do, it’s typically during one of Gestalt IT’s Field Day presentations. While Rubrik has presented 5 times at Tech Field Day Events, presenting at Cloud Field Day 3 was particularly special. For the first time, we were able to host the delegates at our groovy HQ in Palo Alto. The tree outside turned out to be a great location for the Cloud Field Day 3 group photo. BUT…before the Rubrik presentations, we loved watching a brand new company launch from stealth – Droplet Computing. It brought a tear to our eyes as we remembered how we ended our own stealthy ways not even three short years ago. Chris Wahl kicked off our sessions with an introduction to Rubrik, our vision for the future, and recent announcements, including Rubrik Datos IO and the new Polaris SaaS platform. His intro helped set the stage for the upcoming presentations, which was appreciated by Tim Crawford and Scott D. Lowe. Next, we moved into a deep dive and demo of CloudOut, our long-term retention technology…
Rubrik -  - Secure-24 and Rubrik Partner to Tackle New Customer Markets

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Secure-24 and Rubrik Partner to Tackle New Customer Markets

Secure-24, headquartered in Michigan, is a fast-growing managed service provider that delivers mission-critical application hosting, comprehensive managed IT, cloud, and security services to global enterprises. Sean Donaldson, CTO of Secure-24, discusses how their company leverages Rubrik’s robust APIs, high level of security, and cloud capabilities to expand to new markets, including Healthcare and hybrid cloud customers. Tell me about Secure-24’s IT environment and product offerings. At Secure-24, we maintain a highly-virtualized data environment, managing over tens of thousands of VMs globally. We offer a comprehensive business solution to enterprises seeking IT transformation, primarily targeting larger organizations ranging from $1B to $10B in revenue. Our goal is to provide not only backup-as-a-service to our customers, but a service-oriented experience across the entire IT cycle. We focus on running mission critical applications with a high degree of reliance on security, compliance, and governance. What frustrations did you experience with your previous solution? With our legacy backup solution, the recovery process was very manual and required the involvement of multiple teams. RTOs were lengthy, and it was cumbersome to use different tools and procedures for our physical and virtual environments. In particular, we encountered challenges with backing up large VMs in our environment.…
Rubrik -  - Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud, Part 1: Why It Matters

General Tech

Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud, Part 1: Why It Matters

Data Breaches Are Trending While IT security in 2018 has been dominated with news about CPU vulnerabilities, we may very well look back on 2017 as the year of online data breaches and cloud data leaks. From stolen consumer data due to unpatched vulnerabilities to sensitive data leaks due to misconfigured cloud storage buckets, it seems that no one’s data was safe in 2017. For a number of reasons, this is a trend that is likely to continue in 2018 and beyond: The inexorable move from analog to digital means more and more of our data is being stored on computers and websites that are targets for hackers. For example, the Equifax breach impacted 145 million consumers who had personal information stolen. A greater percentage of company employees work remotely using a wide range of devices from desktops to smartphones. This expands the threat landscape and gives malicious actors more ways to compromise valuable data. The growth of the public cloud means that increasingly more data is being stored outside of company data centers in repositories that are accessible via public endpoints. This move to the cloud requires knowledge and skill sets that are still in short supply, leading to…
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