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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…
Rubrik -  - Planning a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

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Planning a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

Here at Rubrik, we strive to provide a strong suite of tools that make backup and disaster recovery (DR) as easy as possible. We’ve developed technologies like Live Mount, CloudOut, and CloudOn to help businesses recover quickly from a disaster and minimize downtime. In my experience, technology—no matter how advanced—is only a piece of the DR equation. A fully developed DR plan requires people, process, and technology in order to truly be successful. Here’s a look at some of the top considerations when developing your DR strategy: People First and foremost, you must have the right stakeholders and executive sponsorship sign off on your strategy so that they can go to bat for you when allocating people and resources. Successful DR planning requires time and input from many people across your organization—the larger the company, the more people involved. Your team should be representative of all key areas of your company, with smaller groups concentrated on logistics and operations where necessary. Here are some examples of how to effectively make up your team: Business Unit Stakeholders: Identify critical applications, success criteria, and potential roadblocks. Provide input to other teams as needed. Application Owners/Analysts: Own dependency mapping and success criteria for…
Rubrik -  - Adcubum Chooses Rubrik for Fast Recovery and Cloud Mobility

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Adcubum Chooses Rubrik for Fast Recovery and Cloud Mobility

Located in St. Gallen, Switzerland, Adcubum is the country’s market leader in health and accident insurance, as well as an active player in the property insurance market. The standard software, adcubum SYRIUS, covers the entire value chain of the insurance industry. Insurance companies use adcubum SYRIUS for the rapid implementation of digitization projects, as well as for the replacement of legacy systems. We recently spoke to Patrik Fürer, IT Product Services, about his team’s experience with Rubrik. What is the role of IT within Adcubum? We see ourselves as the leader in ‘digital insurance’ and work everyday to help our customers be the best in their industry. As a software development company, IT belongs to the core of our business. It’s our job to provide a secure, agile environment for our developers, which means adopting the right solutions like Rubrik. What challenges were you previously experiencing with data management? Prior to Rubrik, we employed a tape-based legacy data management solution, which was complex and labor-intensive. Our previous solution demanded expertise that was limited to one team member who spent a considerable amount of time monitoring tape usage and replacing worn media. Upgrading backup client software was also a major drain…
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…