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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 -  - Why NDMP Is Not the Answer to Your NAS Protection Challenges

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Why NDMP Is Not the Answer to Your NAS Protection Challenges

The Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) is currently the de facto approach for protecting NAS data. However, an increasing number of enterprises are exploring new approaches as their environments grow and the challenges and limitations associated with NDMP come to the surface. A Short History of NDMP More than two decades ago, NAS pioneer NetApp and backup vendor Intelliguard collaborated to solve an issue that was increasingly vexing NAS users – the inability to reliably protect their data. Up to that point, NAS platforms such as NetApp Filers were being backed up by having backup servers mount NAS shares and then moving the backup data to locally attached tape devices or a networked tape library. This solution was fraught with problems ranging from low performance due to the need to read every file over a POSIX interface, performance bottlenecks created by sending data over a single mount point, and managing multiple devices. NDMP was first proposed by NetApp and Intelliguard in 1995 to address these challenges in protecting NAS platforms.* NDMP is officially defined as an “open standard protocol for network-based backup for network- attached storage.”** The protocol specifies a separation of the control path from the data path. Control…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Archive Consolidation for Lower RTOs and Storage Costs

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Rubrik Archive Consolidation for Lower RTOs and Storage Costs

Most IT admins prefer incremental backups to full ones, as they reduce backup windows, storage costs, and unnecessary redundancy. However, incremental backups can be tricky to manage, particularly as admins look to safely expire snapshots past their retention date. Since incremental snapshots are incremental relative to previous backups, they form “snapshot chains” that increase in length until the next full backup is taken. As incremental snapshot chains grow, they become slower to recover and costlier to store. With legacy data protection systems, keeping snapshot chains short requires periodic full backups, which are inefficient and costly and can impact SLA compliance.  Challenges of Shortening Snapshot Chains With the legacy approach, an incremental snapshot could be past its expiration date but forbidden from expiring if there are newer incrementals in the chain that require it for recovery. When recovering from an incremental snapshot, the recovery aggregates the data of that incremental with all previous incrementals in the chain, plus the first full snapshot, which anchors the chain. As a result, the chain cannot expire until every snapshot in the chain has expired. This method requires chains to grow increasingly long, which in turn enforces higher RTOs and storage costs. Simplified Archive Management…
Rubrik -  - Data Protection for DataStax Enterprise Search Indexes and Databases

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Data Protection for DataStax Enterprise Search Indexes and Databases

DataStax supports a popular feature called DSE Search as part of DataStax Enterprise (DSE). DSE Search allows you to find data and create features like product catalogs, document repositories, and ad-hoc reports. It uses Apache Solr in the backend to enable search operations on any existing DSE table by creating a Solr index in DSE. In the event of data loss, administrators need to restore the DSE data and then rebuild the indexes from scratch, a process that  can take days. Using Rubrik Mosaic™, you can now backup and restore DSE Search indexes and their data at wire speed, saving you days of application downtime. Let’s dive deeper into how it all works. At its core, DSE Search comprises the DSE Enterprise database, Apache Solr search interface, and Apache Lucene engine for indexing and search. When enabled, DSE Search indexes the data distributed on each Cassandra node using Solr and Lucene libraries. Each search node maintains the highly-optimized search index of data stored on that node. The search indexes are stored alongside the data in the Cassandra data directory. These indexes are built incrementally over time as new data is written to the Cassandra node. In order to utilize the…
Rubrik -  - How to Protect Mission-Critical Oracle Databases with Rubrik

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How to Protect Mission-Critical Oracle Databases with Rubrik

When it comes to protecting mission-critical Oracle databases, many DBAs have traditionally turned to Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN).  However, with thousands of options and hundreds of scripts, protecting Oracle databases at scale can be a challenge for even the most seasoned DBA.  This blog wiIl explore how Rubrik Cloud Data Management simplifies the protection of Oracle databases by enabling DevOps-centric automation, instant recovery, self-service clones, and streamlined collaboration between DBAs and backup admins.   Automate Oracle Data Protection with Rubrik Backup Service and SLA Domain Policies For organizations looking for a hands-off approach to Oracle data protection, Rubrik provides the Rubrik Backup Service (RBS) and SLA Domain Policies. RBS is a lightweight connector that can be installed on either Linux or UNIX hosts and auto-discovers all of the Oracle real application clusters (RAC), hosts, databases, and tablespaces within the environment.  Once the entire Oracle environment is discovered, users can leverage Rubrik’s intelligent and automated SLA policy engine to create declarative policies that define backup frequency, retention duration, and desired location. After an SLA policy has been mapped, Oracle databases will be automatically protected, replicated, and archived. “One of the biggest advantages with Rubrik over legacy solutions is its policy-based management for…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Named a Data Resiliency Leader

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Rubrik Named a Data Resiliency Leader

As modern enterprises advance their digital transformation strategies, data is growing increasingly fragmented and difficult to manage. When combined with the rising number of privacy regulations and security threats, it’s critical that IT leaders prioritize adopting cutting-edge solutions that can ensure data resiliency across multiple data sources.  Rubrik was architected to enable enterprises to protect and maximize value from data that is scattered across data centers and clouds. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Rubrik has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Data Resiliency Solutions, Q3 2019. The report evaluated 10 vendors based on 40 criteria, which were grouped into three categories: current offering, strategy, and market presence. Despite being in the market for only five years, we’ve been recognized as a Leader and achieved the highest possible score in the strategy category, with among the highest scores in the security and backup optimizations criteria. Based on rigorous research and analysis, Forrester identified three capabilities that data resiliency solution customers should look for in a provider. Rubrik believes that its innovative platform aligns with these principles, empowering IT professionals to: Drive policy-based execution. According to Forrester, “It’s not practical for firms to operate the backup infrastructure using individual…
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 -  - Rubrik is Certified for VMware vCloud Director!

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Rubrik is Certified for VMware vCloud Director!

At Rubrik, we take a partner-focused approach to develop innovative solutions for the modern enterprise. Many customers leverage Rubrik’s solutions for VMware (vSphere, vSAN, VMware Cloud Foundation, vRealize Suite, vCloud Director, and Continuous Data Protection) to seamlessly automate and operate within a hybrid cloud environment. Rubrik has collaborated with VMware to design and develop our vCloud Director data management solution. This also includes delivering the Rubrik Extension for vCloud Director using the vCloud Director Extensibility Framework introduced in vCloud Director 9.1. This extension enables Rubrik actions and workflow to be directly executed within the vCloud Director user interface. The Rubrik Extension for vCloud Director empowers service providers and global system integrators to offer self-service data management for their customers. We are pleased that Rubrik’s integration with vCloud Director will be listed on the VMware Compatibilty Guide. Products listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide are supported by VMware’s Global Support Services organization, providing customers the buying assurance they need. “Rubrik worked with VMware as a design and launch partner to deliver a tightly integrated solution that can be consumed directly within the vCloud Director user interface. The integration follows VMware’s best practices and enables joint VMware and Rubrik service provider partners…
Rubrik -  - Deploying a Secure Data Protection as a Service Solution with Rubrik Polaris

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Deploying a Secure Data Protection as a Service Solution with Rubrik Polaris

Cloud security is one of the topics du jour in the enterprise IT space. In fact, it’s a big enough topic that Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted their own security conference, AWS re:Inforce, back in June. It highlights the challenge with securing your data in the cloud,  especially if you are using tools and approaches that were not designed for security from the start. Not adhering to good security practices exposes cloud customers to the potential risk of being hacked and having data stolen. To assist customers and partners with building secure solutions, AWS has codified recommended practices and principles into the security pillar of their AWS Well-Architected Framework. The Well-Architected Framework is a tool for evaluating the soundness of any solution running on AWS and leveraging their services. The framework is comprised of five conceptual areas called pillars, including the security pillar.  So where does Rubrik Polaris fit into this picture? We previously announced the general availability of AWS native protection support in Rubrik Polaris, our Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for cloud data management. Now, we want to explore how Polaris is able to build a secure solution for protecting Amazon EC2 instances and Amazon EBS volumes using the recommended…