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Rubrik -  - LKAB Avoids Millions in Downtime & Drives Operational Efficiency with Rubrik

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LKAB Avoids Millions in Downtime & Drives Operational Efficiency with Rubrik

Rubrik is honored to have received the Best Data Security and Data Protection award at VMworld 2019, marking our eighth VMworld award in just four years. This win was in partnership with our customer LKAB, a leading Swedish mining company, and recognizes the automation, increased efficiency, and significant business value they achieved with Rubrik Edge. Winners of the award were selected “based on the business benefits, levels of innovation and best practice their projects demonstrated.” Enabling our customers to tackle the toughest enterprise data management challenges and unlock new value from their data is what drives us. That’s why, in celebration of our Best of VMworld award, I want to share LKAB’s story and the business benefits they’ve realized by deploying Rubrik.  Modern Data Management for Modern Operations LKAB is a state-owned mining company that produced 26.9 Mt of iron ore products in 2018 with ambitious plans to increase production by 5% per year through 2021. Due to the modern technology and high cost of running their mines, IT is a crucial component of their operations and supports business-critical applications, as well as their entire global employee base.  As Robert Pohjanen, IT Architect at LKAB, explains, “Our small IT department…
Rubrik -  - 3 Steps to Constructing a Security-First IT Strategy

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3 Steps to Constructing a Security-First IT Strategy

How CIOs and other IT leaders can successfully guide their teams into a security-first IT strategy and earn stakeholder buy-in. Cybersecurity threats are not just becoming increasingly frequent and sophisticated– they remain a top financial concern for businesses, regardless of region or industry.  It is now on the shoulders of IT leaders to navigate the technical security landscape and build agile teams that can dynamically respond to new threats. In addition, because of the financial implications of downtime and breaches, these leaders must also be able to abstract the business value of security in order to influence company-wide priorities.   I sat down with Ron Sinopoli, CIO of McHugh Construction, to discuss how CIOs and other IT leaders can effectively drive and advocate for a security-first posture within their organizations. Sinopoli has been the CIO of McHugh for the past year, and he has already led the company through an entire upheaval of its IT strategy in order to uplevel security measures as a strategic priority for the business.   Here’s an inside look at the three major stages Sinopoli led his organization through when shifting to a security-first posture. Stage 1. The Security Event Post-Mortem: Conducting an Honest Analysis  “After all,…
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 -  - Introducing the Rubrik Authorized Support Partner Specialization

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Introducing the Rubrik Authorized Support Partner Specialization

Rubrik has employed a 100% channel-driven go-to-market strategy since day one and this has played a key role in our success to date. Last year we formalized this approach with the launch of the Rubrik Velocity Partner Program, our first global program for resellers. The program has been extremely well received by our partners and we are continuing to offer more ways for partners to grow their Rubrik business — today, I’m excited to launch the Rubrik Authorized Support Partner (RASP) Specialization.  This exclusive specialization extends Rubrik’s world-class support through a small group of hand-picked partners with a proven track record in delivering level 1 and level 2 technical support. Our RASP partners will receive the same rigorous training as Rubrik’s own level 3 support engineers and are empowered to act as the first point of call for joint customers. The RASP network is an extension of our own team, and we stand by to assist our customers if advanced troubleshooting is required.  The RASP Specialization allows for a select, high-performing group of partners to further differentiate themselves and grow their Rubrik business. Customers will experience new benefits as well, with increased choice for the type of support and services…
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 -  - IT and Sports: A Tale of Three Teams

Customers

IT and Sports: A Tale of Three Teams

Professional sports are big business. With teams looking for an edge both on and off the field, many clubs are embracing advancements in technology and big data to provide the best possible game-day experiences for players and fans. Not only is data being used to create championship-winning strategies, it’s also leveraged to better understand fan relations and ROIs and to gain insight into athletic performance during training sessions. This shift has led to the front offices of many franchises to embrace best-of-breed IT technologies that not only protect sensitive information, but help them unlock new business value from it. Tampa Bay Rays Hit It Out-of-the-Park with Instant Data Recovery From recruiting top athletes to game management, American baseball pioneered the use of data for on-field success. Many teams, like the Tampa Bay Rays, have scaled their IT infrastructure accordingly to store and manage critical statistics, including past season metrics, individual player performances, and other crucial data points. The Rays leverage this data to create reports that influence game plans and day-to-day business operations. As critical as data is for The Rays, managing it wasn’t always easy. The IT team was bogged down by fragmented, cumbersome backups and slow restores. To…
Rubrik -  - Cranfield University Chooses Rubrik for Disaster Recovery to the Cloud and Simplified Data Management

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Cranfield University Chooses Rubrik for Disaster Recovery to the Cloud and Simplified Data Management

Cranfield University, a British postgraduate university, is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. Every year, Cranfield University delivers academic courses in 50 countries outside of the UK and executive development to over 15,000 people. Cranfield is one of the UK’s top five commercial research-intensive universities. We recently spoke with Edward Poll, Head of IT Infrastructure, about their experience with Rubrik. Tell us about Cranfield’s IT strategy. What is the IT team responsible for? As a leading global research institution, demand for agile services from our users is continuously increasing. We need forward-thinking technology within our infrastructure that will give us hands-free management and automated orchestration, providing DevOps-like functionality while minimizing downtime, so we can effectively support the university’s 1,600 staff and 4,000 postgraduate students. Cloud is also top of mind for us, especially for disaster recovery. Our goal is to leverage the agility and cost savings of cloud infrastructure. What challenges did you previously have with data protection? Previously, we were replicating to a third-party host. A weakness of this approach was that if our two on-site resilient data centres were completely down, we had no easy way to fully restore services from our…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Recognized as a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions

Customers

Rubrik Recognized as a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions

At Rubrik, customers are our north star in guiding and shaping our roadmap. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say we’re slightly obsessed with our customers, which is why we are especially humbled to be named a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice in the Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions market. It is a special recognition near and dear to our heart because this distinction is given to us directly by our customers. We received a 4.8 out of 5-star rating, the highest in the market, from over 350 of our customers, and we couldn’t be more honored. We felt it was important to take this opportunity to understand the valuable insights and organic customer sentiment in each review. After scrupulously reading through each and every one of the reviews, these were the top five resonating takeaways that were important to our customers, straight from their words: Simplicity & Ease of Use: Rubrik was built with the revolutionary mission to not just shrink the complex backup infrastructure, but to automate the entire backup and recovery process, making it is simple, fast, and reliable. Radical simplicity and ease of use has always been our driving force, and we’re thrilled to see…
Rubrik -  - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Achieves API-Driven Automation and Security with Rubrik

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Achieves API-Driven Automation and Security with Rubrik

With roots dating back to the late 1800s, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is one of today’s leading global law firm with offices around the world. Recognized by the Financial Times as one of North America’s most innovative law firms and by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top 20 firms for client service, Pillsbury is highly regarded for their forward-thinking approach. We recently spoke to David Comer, Senior Network Engineer, about his team’s experience with Rubrik. Tell us about Pillsbury’s IT strategy. Our IT strategy is to be on the leading edge of technology. Both our global staff and clients expect our systems to be up and running 24/7, so we invest heavily in technologies that ensure high application availability. We are always looking for ways to consolidate, be more economical, and help our attorneys be as efficient as possible through innovative technology. What issues were you experiencing with your legacy backup solution? Our company relies heavily on Exchange, SQL, and Sharepoint to get our work done. With our previous solution, the recovery process for mounting Exchange Databases to recover mailbox items was extremely manual. It would take us an hour to restore a single VM,…