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Rubrik -  - Beyond “Always On”: How Higher Education Is Embracing the Cloud

Customers

Beyond “Always On”: How Higher Education Is Embracing the Cloud

At Rubrik, we enjoy speaking with our customers immensely. Not only do we learn about their experiences implementing our product, but we also gain unexpected insights into the challenges they face in their respective industries.  One of our favorite interviews was with Fernando Thompson, CIO of UDLAP, one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America. Many higher education IT departments are required to provide always-on services for students and faculty while also mapping back to the institution’s broader goals. For UDLAP, downtime can not only directly impact their finances, but can also be a severe hit to their credibility. As Thompson explains, “We give [our students] tools that enable them to start their own businesses and improve their strategic decision making. It’s a differentiator against other students competing in an international job market.” For UDLAP, the cloud is instrumental in on-ramping innovative technologies and ensuring business continuity. By moving to the cloud, UDLAP was able to increase the availability and reliability of their services—just one example of why other higher education institutions are doing the same. In this blog, we’re showcasing examples of how universities are taking advantage of the cloud and the myriad benefits they’ve seen, including increased…
Rubrik -  - How We Use CloudOn & CloudOut to Protect Developer Environments

General Tech

How We Use CloudOn & CloudOut to Protect Developer Environments

For many organizations, drawing up an effective Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Disaster Recovery (DR) plan is imperative to ensuring business operations don’t stop during an unplanned outage, security threat, or attack. Most strategies focus on recovering mission-critical data and systems such as financial, customer, and ERP applications. In addition, many organizations, including those whose main business is developing software, often consider revenue-impacting systems and data as mission-critical, while software development is an afterthought.  Just like any other tech company, Rubrik is susceptible to unpredictable outages or disasters that can affect its on-premises or cloud infrastructure. That’s why we have a broader definition of mission-critical data and systems that includes our development work environments. We make recovering them a key part of our DR plan so we can continue to develop software in any scenario.  In order to achieve this, we use two powerful features of Rubrik Cloud Data Management: CloudOut: Archives backed up data to object storage platforms such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and Azure Blob Storage for quick access and retrieval. CloudOut as a standalone feature might sound like elastic storage on cloud for quick and easy access, but when coupled with CloudOn, it becomes an…
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 -  - Harnessing Intelligent Application Instantiation with CloudOn

Product

Harnessing Intelligent Application Instantiation with CloudOn

Almost one year ago, Rubrik’s 4.0 “Alta” release was launched to supply those looking to build amazing IT with a solution teeming with helpful features and ecosystem integration points. For application mobility or disaster recovery, Alta introduced CloudOn as an intelligent application instantiation feature that operates across data centers and clouds. The idea is to take all data earmarked for long-term retention and start actively using it to construct workloads in the public cloud, regardless of the source format. This has an added bonus of using data that has already been efficiently stored in the cloud to construct workloads without further incurring a network transfer hit. In a nutshell – Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management software knows which applications have been archived to Amazon S3 or Azure Blob Storage and can convert any of the backup points into runnable, native instances within those same public cloud environments. My team and I even showed this live at Cloud Field Day 2 back in 2017 – no hiding behind marketecture slides or canned videos for this crew! 🙂 While that’s all fine and dandy, the real value can be found in the use cases. I’ve stood up on my soapbox on this topic…