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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 We Use CloudOn & CloudOut to Protect Developer Environments

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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 -  - The Day the Data Center Stood Still: A Tabletop DR Workshop

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The Day the Data Center Stood Still: A Tabletop DR Workshop

When it comes to being ready for the real thing, regular DR testing is crucial to preparing a team for all the moving parts involved when some random day goes really wrong. The trouble is, it’s not always possible to scrape together the time and resources needed to test as often as you should. In many organizations, the first time a crisis team gets together is for the big one.   This blog series shows how you can use tabletop workshops to do some hypothetical training and strengthen your disaster recovery and response strategy. In my first post, I discussed the importance and preparation of a tabletop exercise. This post will help walk through the setup and execution of the exercise. Let’s get started! Tips for Running Your Tabletop Workshop Each workshop has one facilitator to guide the exercise and 5-10 participants in the core and extended crisis team to roleplay the scenario. Note that participants will not necessarily be playing their actual role at the company, but working collectively as a group to address the disaster. Group Discussions One of the main goals of a tabletop workshop is to encourage group discussions that identify holes in your current DR strategy…
Rubrik -  - Risk Management in the Multi-Cloud World: A CIO’s Perspective

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Risk Management in the Multi-Cloud World: A CIO’s Perspective

By now, nearly every enterprise is knee-deep executing on its digital transformation strategy as a way to maintain competitive edge and increase agility. As a result, the modern CIO is no longer just about building an impactful infrastructure, but is also critical for driving key business objectives. They are focused on leveraging the cloud for projects that enable business features and capabilities–web commerce, customer self-service, supply chain automation–while reducing costs and aligning to larger organizational goals. The cloud has become instrumental in delivering these critical features faster. When combined with the rising NoOps model, the cloud empowers developers to leverage APIs and abstract the complexity of managing core infrastructure, so they can focus more on building directly for the business. However, while the cloud unlocks a variety of benefits, it also brings its own set of challenges.  Whether it’s due to legacy applications that are costly to move, regulatory requirements, or just the decision to avoid vendor lock-in, most companies are unable to transition to just a single cloud provider. As a result, data can become fragmented, bringing more risk to more environments in an infrastructure that is harder to manage. It is on the shoulders of the CIO 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 -  - Understanding RPO and RTO

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Understanding RPO and RTO

As enterprises utilize more and more business-critical digital services, information technology infrastructure and applications have become key strategic imperatives. Downtime and data loss translate to a huge business and financial impact that  must be minimized with an effective data protection strategy. When planning for a data protection strategy or a disaster recovery plan (DRP), there are several criteria to consider in order to align with the business impact of various applications and workloads. A Business Impact Analysis (BIA) can help assess and weigh the impact and consequences, both financial and non-financial, of an interruption in business operations. These findings can help organizations determine their availability Service Level Agreements (SLA), or the level of service expected by the customer from the entity that provides the service. Most often, multiple SLAs are defined to match the various levels of criticality that were determined during the BIA. For example, the following SLAs are commonly utilized: 99%, or two 9s, corresponds to 3 days 15 hours and 36 minutes of downtime per year. 99.9%, or three 9s, corresponds to 8 hours 45 minutes and 36 seconds of downtime per year. 99.99%, or four 9s, corresponds to 52 minutes and 34 seconds of downtime per…
Rubrik -  - How to Throw a Disaster Recovery Tabletop Workshop

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How to Throw a Disaster Recovery Tabletop Workshop

Ransomware and destructive malware. You either groan with media fatigue or cringe at the thought of getting blown off the map by bitcoin bandits…perhaps both. For many organizations, creating a multi-leveled disaster recovery plan to accommodate this potential threat is now a top priority. The problem is, many organizations create a DR plan but don’t test each year. It’s easy to procrastinate DR testing, as it’s a costly activity in terms of both hours and infrastructure. But failure to test in a complete and realistic scenario can leave an organization woefully unprepared for some of the ancillary activities like communication and ownership of action. Essentially, the first time the crisis team meets should never be during a crisis. Simulating an attack around a table with a few colleagues doesn’t replace live testing, but it does uncover things you may not otherwise think of. This blog series will help walk through the setup and execution of a tabletop exercise for testing your DR plan. In true RPG style, this post will show how to simulate an unfolding disaster and apply your DR strategy in response. The advantage of running a tabletop exercise is its lightweight impact in terms of time and…
Rubrik -  - How to Not Be A Victim of Infrastructure with Rubrik Live Mount

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How to Not Be A Victim of Infrastructure with Rubrik Live Mount

Since day one, Rubrik was built with the user in mind, delivering ultimate simplicity and comprehensive data protection at enterprise scale. That’s why we leverage our own platform to manage and protect our mission-critical data, allowing us to experience firsthand how our technology accelerates product development and automation. However, just like any other organization, we at Rubrik are still susceptible to unpredictable hiccups and disasters. We recently encountered one of these issues during a product release cycle. With Rubrik, we were able to quickly meet our time-to-market goals and minimize business disruption and engineering productivity loss. Here’s our story of how Rubrik came to the rescue: At Rubrik, one of our core values is velocity, and that applies to our engineering teams as well. Our engineering teams use our home-grown orchestration layer to allocate precious infrastructure resources for functional/integration and regression tests, which enables us to deliver quality product at lightning speed. This orchestration layer and its services run on top of an enterprise SAN (hybrid flash-based array) for storing the test data and builds. However, recently, this storage layer behaved erratically, significantly slowing down our build times and release pipelines. Our IT infrastructure teams came to the rescue, quickly…
Rubrik -  - Scoping the Options for Your Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution

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Scoping the Options for Your Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution

“Starting off, all options are always open, but as soon as you choose something, you inevitably limit yourself. If you go for B, A is out.” – Alva Noto, Musician and Artist For many of us in IT, we’ve operated under the mindset that our disaster recovery plan will save our bacon when an unfortunate incident hits. However, this attitude neglects one of the essential acts of due diligence that is incumbent for every DR design: continually evaluate and implement new and better options to ensure a solution is effective in the cloud era. Even if you are just starting to create your DR plan, it’s important to have a wide-windshield view of the offerings that cloud technology and different cloud providers can give you. Here are the ones that I will focus on in this post: On-premises to co-location or private cloud On-premises to a Managed Service Provider (MSP) or Cloud Service Provider (CSP) On-premises to multi-cloud (public and private) On-prem to Private Cloud Most traditional DR plans employ the warm/cold-like co-location design that sources the data in one data center (DC) the company owns and recovers in either another DC owned by the company (hopefully in a different geo…