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Rubrik -  - JE Dunn Achieves Significant Cost Savings and Automation with Rubrik

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JE Dunn Achieves Significant Cost Savings and Automation with Rubrik

JE Dunn Construction has been a leader in the commercial construction industry since 1924, providing construction management services, design-build, and integrated project delivery. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, JE Dunn has 21 offices nationwide and over 2,500 employees. It is the 11th largest domestic general building contractor in the United States, generating over $2.9 billion in revenue in 2017 alone. We recently spoke with Jason Hull, Senior Systems Manager, about their experience with Rubrik. Tell us about JE Dunn’s IT strategy. What is the IT team responsible for? IT is tightly integrated with our business strategy. Our IT team provides trusted, innovative technologies that enable our executive management, project teams and clients to advance transformational business solutions. My team that is responsible for data protection and data center operations, supporting 2,500 employees and over 50,000 accounts. We empower lean processes at our construction sites with technology, enabling our teams and partners to be more collaborative and productive. On top of that, we’re committed to providing stability, availability and performance. Rubrik is a crucial part of achieving that strategy. What challenges were you previously having with data protection? As we begun to evaluate new vendors, we wanted a solution that was disrupting the backup and…
Rubrik -  - Should Your Data Protection Strategy Go 100% Agentless?

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Should Your Data Protection Strategy Go 100% Agentless?

Over the past 30 years, we’ve grown  used to data protection solutions that require backup agents to be deployed within an OS. Historically, no other options were available, and the available solutions were designed to protect mostly physical machines, at least in the x86 world. Most people define  a backup agent (sometimes known as a backup client)  as a piece of software provided by the data protection solution that  performs the actual backup job from within the workload. This job is usually comprised of several tasks, including: Preparing the workload for online backup, which involves quiescing the filesystem and running applications to put them in a consistent state. Identifying new and changed data, such as blocks or files, since the previous backup operation. Processing new data, which might include actions such as deduplication, compression, and encryption. Transporting the backed up data to a backup storage target. Backup agents are deployed, controlled, and maintained by a master server that tells each agent what to do. The master server also collects and stores information about the backed up data, called metadata, and logs everything that happens. This is basically a client-server relationship that requires network communication between the backup infrastructure and each…
Rubrik -  - Automate Windows Full Volume Recovery with Rubrik

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Automate Windows Full Volume Recovery with Rubrik

Can you instantly recover from a catastrophe, data loss event, or crash of your Microsoft Windows system? If you have ever been in this situation before, you may recall that simplicity reigns supreme. To help cope with disasters, systems and backup administrators desire simplified ways to achieve volume-level protection for their Windows environments. If you’re on a quest for a more innovative method that requires less manual effort and provides more flexibility and agility, Rubrik’s Windows Full Volume Protection (FVP) is for you. With Alta 4.2, Rubrik introduces Windows FVP to perform volume-based backup and recovery of the entire system and data drives that reside on physical Windows servers. Admins can now automate full volume recoveries with a process guaranteed to make efforts more efficient. What is Windows Full Volume Protection? Before diving into the benefits of our approach, let’s walk through the basics. Rubrik Windows FVP extends our capabilities to protect Windows components by utilizing our Rubrik Backup Service (RBS), which calls the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to capture crash-consistent snapshots of the volumes, such as: All Drives (C:\, D:\, etc.), including system and data drives Fileset type (NTFS) Volume Size Permissions This extension further enhances our…
Rubrik -  - Your Primer on AWS EC2 Protection

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Your Primer on AWS EC2 Protection

Are you on the cloud-native train? Nowadays, it seems everyone is building new stateless cloud-native applications or refactoring their old “jalopies” to become container-based, microservice-architected, cloud-native “Teslas.” However, that isn’t the reality when you speak with most users. Many are still hesitant to run production workloads in the cloud because they are not sure if their data will be protected and managed. Even current cloud users have concerns about the challenges of protecting their stateful data. Earlier this month, we announced Rubrik Alta 4.2, which extended our enterprise hybrid cloud data management capabilities. Based on customer demand, we’ve made simplifying the protection of cloud workloads a key component of our platform, beginning with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instance protection. Protecting EC2 instances centers on efficiently managing EBS snapshots and Amazon Machine Images. We’ll dive into how Rubrik simplifies AWS EC2 protection in a follow-up blog post. But first, we need to level-set our understanding of related AWS technologies and the possibilities and challenges they present.  Let’s begin with the different storage types that an EC2 instance uses. What is an EC2 Instance Store? An instance store is temporary or ephemeral block storage for EC2 instances. It’s a logical volume…
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 -  - Edge-ier Cloud Data Management for ROBO Environments

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Edge-ier Cloud Data Management for ROBO Environments

Imagine a small satellite office with minimal data, but data that needs to be backed up nonetheless. Organizations suffering from the complexity of legacy solutions often face costly and inefficient backup processes when dealing with remote and branch offices (ROBO) data. That’s why we created Rubrik Edge – a software appliance built specifically for ROBO environments that stretches data protection and management to the far-flung corners of our customers’ businesses. With Edge, companies can save time by managing backup and replication policies–rather than creating individual backup schedules–and quickly recover all data, no matter where it’s stored. Deploy Edge at remote locations to backup locally, replicate to a central data center, and archive to the cloud with an easy interface. We’ve gathered three stories of how our customers are using Rubrik Edge to bring operational simplicity and cost savings to their ROBO locations. Stora Enso Unifies Data Management Across Eight Remote Offices Stora Enso is a leading sustainable newsprint and magazine paper manufacturer that produces 540,000 tons of paper annually. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, the manufacturer is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions, and paper on global markets. The company has eight remote offices across three…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Protects UNIX: AIX First in Line

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Rubrik Protects UNIX: AIX First in Line

From the outset, Rubrik has focused on being a one-stop solution for all enterprise data management needs. In a short time, we have expanded our footprint to support over 20 platforms and workloads that are business-critical for our customers. Some of the best feedback we hear is from  backup admins who can sleep peacefully knowing that their data is automatically being protected and meeting SLAs. In the past three years, we have breezed through a lap of supporting modern enterprise workloads – major virtualization systems (VMware, Hyper-V, AHV), physical hosts (Linux, Windows) and databases (Oracle, SQL Server). But when speaking with our customers, we found that many enterprise users want Rubrik-level simplicity for their legacy workloads that are still the workhorses for their mission-critical production systems. A significant number of our government, finance, and insurance customers run UNIX systems for deploying databases and applications that form the core backbone of their computing infrastructure. These customers are forced to use legacy backup vendors who are known for their complexity. Most new-age data management solutions have chosen to ignore these legacy workloads despite their towering importance to enterprises. Rubrik, whose DNA is rooted in its  customer obsession, has decided to take the…
Rubrik -  - Aligning Your Data Protection Strategy with GDPR

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Aligning Your Data Protection Strategy with GDPR

I’m the opposite of a PR person. As a Data Protection Officer, my job is to keep people out of the press. And as Data Protection laws continue to tighten with the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that job is getting a lot harder. One of the biggest brainteasers that companies are battling with inside their GDPR project is what to do with backups. GDPR requires a full understanding of the data you hold whilst balancing the need to keep data secure and, at the same time, respecting the right to erasure and proactive deletion. The first challenge here is actually knowing what data you have. You can’t protect it if you don’t have a clue where it is. Traditionally, backups have been a real pain for this since once the data is locked away inside a tape, it becomes incredibly difficult in the future to know what was in there. This is still the case in many non-physical backup systems in which you have a whole system snapshot but no way to interrogate what lies within. The simple answer to this conundrum is just stop. Stop making the problem harder for yourself, stop locking data away…
Rubrik -  - Worried About Viruses? Ransom? Data Loss? The Cure is Here!

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Worried About Viruses? Ransom? Data Loss? The Cure is Here!

This is not hype! This is reality. Companies across industries get hit with viruses all the time. In the always-on economy, companies rely on 24/7 data availability, so any downtime can severely impact the business. The good news is that with a strong data management solution, you can quickly recover from a disaster without any data loss. Before we dive into how Rubrik delivers that solution, let’s go over what happens during a virus attack. The Lifecycle of a Virus Attack Before Rubrik As the above diagram shows, a typical attack has several phases: you get hit with the virus, your systems are under attack, and your business loses access to the encrypted data. Once it’s detected, your IT team documents and implements steps to prevent the virus from spreading. But since most organizations rely on data to perform daily operations, the data loss you’ve already experienced has a severe impact on the organization. Unfortunately, for many organizations, a virus’ life doesn’t end with patching the vulnerability. Even with a sophisticated antivirus software, viruses can remain in your system undetected. This often leads to further data corruption and a vicious cycle of attack, recover, and patch. For this reason, many…