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Rubrik -  - Sphero Chooses Rubrik for Easy Integration with Nutanix AHV and AWS

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Sphero Chooses Rubrik for Easy Integration with Nutanix AHV and AWS

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Sphero designs and develops robots that fuse physical robots, digital apps, and entertainment experiences. Founded in 2010, the company helped pioneer connected play with its smartphone-enabled spherical robots that encourage learning through play. Since the launch of their iconic BB-8 droid, Sphero has created robotic toys for some of the largest entertainment brands in the world, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar while also engaging kids worldwide with their presence in over 20,000 schools. We recently spoke with JD Snodgrass, IT Manager, who oversees all IT services at Sphero. Tell us about Sphero’s IT strategy. My team and I support and manage all end-user systems for the company, including networking, servers, AV, and help desk. Sphero is dedicated to providing employees with innovative technology to help serve its global customer base. As a result, ensuring always-on services is a top priority for my team. What issues were you experiencing with your legacy backup solution? Previously, we only relied on network storage devices and disk. We had no physical backups and no disaster recovery plan. Upon joining the company, I knew we needed more robust data protection. On top of that, we had an incident that caused part…
Rubrik -  - Introducing Rubrik + VMware Cloud on AWS

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Introducing Rubrik + VMware Cloud on AWS

At Rubrik, we prioritize customer engagement and focus on tailoring our roadmap to our users’ specific needs. When speaking with our customers, we discovered that many are investigating or using VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) for a variety of use cases. Most commonly, users leverage VMC as a Disaster Recovery site or a place to run production workloads. But once our customers have workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS, they need an easy way to protect those workloads against data loss or corruption. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that Rubrik has validated Cloud Cluster to protect VMware Cloud on AWS as a fully-supported solution. The validation is a testament to Rubrik’s commitment to building strong joint solutions and supporting the modern enterprise ecosystem. The integration gives Rubrik users the ability to manage both on-prem and VMC workloads from a single solution. All of Rubrik’s values such as data reduction, archive, and search are included. Making It Work To integrate Rubrik and VMware Cloud on AWS, an Elastic Network Interface (ENI) connection needs to be configured between VMC and AWS. This gives the Rubrik network access to VMware on AWS workload VMs. Fortunately, VMware and AWS have made this…
Rubrik -  - Harnessing Intelligent Application Instantiation with CloudOn

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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…
Rubrik -  - be-itys Modernizes Data Management and Achieves High Performance with Rubrik

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be-itys Modernizes Data Management and Achieves High Performance with Rubrik

be-itys, headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, is dedicated to hosting, securing, processing, and managing sensitive data. We spoke with Manuel Rigaut, CIO of the be-ys group and be|itys, responsible for establishing an IT strategy in line with the business needs of the be-itys group. be-itys deployed Rubrik to support its network of more than 230,000 healthcare professionals and to scale easily. Tell me about be-itys and its product offerings. be-itys is a trusted digital company and wants to make innovation its driving force. We identify blockchain, big data, and deep learning as the future of digital trust. Our group applies its technology, its knowledge and know-how to the the strategic areas of activities of organizations, including legal security of digital transactions, probative value archival or management of services in the healthcare sector, or personalized prevention. What challenges were you experiencing with your legacy solution? As we experienced significant growth, we needed a data management solution that met our scalability needs while providing operational efficiency. We needed a robust IT infrastructure to support our network of more than 230,000 healthcare professionals. Additionally, we were looking for a solution to support our production environment with Nutanix consisting of 2,400 VMs. Why Rubrik? As…
Rubrik -  - API Orchestration Based on Real-Time Weather Forecasts

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API Orchestration Based on Real-Time Weather Forecasts

Information is knowledge — we’ve known that for centuries. When it comes to meteorological events, the more informed you are about them, the more preparation you can take. This especially holds true in our data-driven era in which a service outage can be detrimental to a business. One example of this is during a hurricane. Suppose a hurricane is headed to your state, with forecasted winds great than 100 MPH. You’d enter “high alert mode” and take every precaution necessary to protect your family and valuable possessions. What if this same human instinct could be orchestrated in your on-premises data center — without you having to even think about it? That’s where the power of API comes in. Rubrik places simplicity at the forefront, which is one reason our engineers chose to create an API-first architecture. Even our HTML5 interface consumes API endpoints. Our rich suite of RESTful APIs makes it easy to create customized workflows, and both our customers and partners have wowed us with their creativity. Rubrik’s API-first architecture goes beyond automating day-to-day data protection. It offers intelligent data management that can be leveraged for predictive capabilities, self-service, and more. I’m honored to call Florida my home and…
Rubrik -  - Disaster Recovery in the Cloud with Rubrik, Part 2: The Architectures

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Disaster Recovery in the Cloud with Rubrik, Part 2: The Architectures

My previous blog post focused on leveraging the public cloud as a DR site for a primary on-premises environment. For this use case, there are several cloud DR options based on a user’s Recovery Time Objective (RTO), Recovery Point Objective (RPO), and financial requirements: Backup and Restore, Pilot Light, Warm Standby, and Hot Site. In this post, I will show how Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management Platform can be used to build out a DR site in the cloud, regardless of the option they choose. Using Rubrik for Disaster Recovery in the Cloud There are a number of approaches that users can take to move data to the cloud, from home-grown scripts to cloud vendor-specific tools to robust data management platforms. In his Gestalt IT blog post, Tim Carr cited Rubrik as a tool that facilitates data archiving to the cloud and provides orchestration capability to help automate the Backup and Recovery option. Rubrik also provides tools to help users build out and extend all four of the DR options. Specifically, there are three important capabilities in our Cloud Data Management platform that support this use case: CloudOut: Archive backup data to object storage platforms such as Amazon S3 or Azure Blob…
Rubrik -  - Disaster Recovery in the Cloud, Part 1: Knowing the Options

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Disaster Recovery in the Cloud, Part 1: Knowing the Options

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with many users about their plans for public cloud vendors and disaster recovery (DR). Specifically, users ask me about how they can use AWS or Azure as the DR target for their on-premises environment. This is also a topic that Tim Carr addresses in his recent Gestalt IT blog post. In the first of two blog posts, we will examine the different DR options in public cloud. Why Use Public Cloud for DR? The traditional approach to DR requires significant investment of time and resources. At minimum, users must consider how they would replicate their primary infrastructure to a secondary site. That secondary site needs to be procured, installed, and maintained. During normal operations, the secondary site will typically be under-utilized or over-provisioned. The cost of such an investment is beyond the means of many companies. Even for companies with the means, DR is seen as a sunk cost that delivers little return quarter over quarter. However, not having an adequate DR strategy is also something no company can afford. The public cloud offers a way for companies of all sizes to build DR sites with little upfront costs through a pay-as-you-go model. Options…
Rubrik -  - Elenia Delivers Instant Recovery for Business Continuity with Rubrik

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Elenia Delivers Instant Recovery for Business Continuity with Rubrik

Elenia is the second largest electricity distribution company in Finland, supplying household, corporate, and public sector customers in over 100 municipalities throughout Finland. Antti Laakso, IT Specialist at Elenia, discusses how his team leverages Rubrik for time-saving backup management and instant recovery of mission-critical systems. Tell me about your role and the IT environment at Elenia. Elenia supplies power and heat to 420,000 residential, industrial, and community customers in Finland. We are leading the smart electricity networks field by integrating power distribution and data systems into a smart electricity distribution grid to provide real-time information. At Elenia, I am responsible for managing VMware backups and storage. Currently, we protect about 400 VMs with Rubrik in a fully-virtualized environment. An eight-person IT team supports approximately 400 employees, as well as our entire customer base. What challenges were you experiencing with your previous solution? Prior to Rubrik, we relied on multiple legacy solutions, which was increasingly complex and time-consuming to manage. If the business wanted tight RTOs and RPOs, it would have been tough to meet them. It could take one day to restore a mission-critical system, which negatively impacted our business. Additionally, there were times when backups failed or we couldn’t…
Rubrik -  - Combating the Evolving Landscape of Ransomware

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Combating the Evolving Landscape of Ransomware

About one year ago today, we pointed out an emerging security crisis in the healthcare industry. Cyber threats targeting hospital data were becoming a regular event, with some computer systems held captive for a reputedly multi-million dollar ransom. Beyond the Bitcoin cost, ransomware puts patient care at risk since many organizations must stop operations for over a week. More recently, the worldwide spread of a virus known as “WannaCry” has been decimating operations at UK healthcare provider National Health Service (NHS) in addition to telecom, logistics, and car manufacturers. In total, it has caused havoc to over 230,000 computers in 150 countries. This attack has been aggressively accelerating while CIOs struggle to find a realistic solution. The root cause comes down to the usual suspects: a combination of phishing emails and poorly patched security vulnerabilities. This particular vulnerability was so caustic that Microsoft released an update to several of their deprecated operating systems such as Windows XP and Server 2003. Additionally, users need to stop using older protocols like SMB 1.0 because they create a multitude of vulnerabilities that allow attackers to commandeer a system. It’s on the vendor and partner communities to come up with innovative and effective methods…
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