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Rubrik -  - Providing Cost-effective NAS Protection for Enterprise Customers via NAS Direct Archive

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Providing Cost-effective NAS Protection for Enterprise Customers via NAS Direct Archive

Given the recent digital explosion, the size of our customers’ NAS environments has drastically increased. A big reason for this is the relative ease with which companies can deploy, manage, and scale NAS storage systems. As more and more critical data makes their way to NAS systems (e.g., medical images, design files, and sensitive documents), enterprises are increasing their focus on NAS protection. Rubrik is a one-stop shop for enterprise data protection, and a large component of this protection is NAS. Given the significant size of our customers’ NAS environments, Rubrik built NAS Direct Archive with our new Andes 5.0 release to address the challenge of efficiently protecting large NAS environments. NAS Direct Archive combines our customers’ desire for a cost-efficient solution with Rubrik’s trademark simplicity and core capabilities such as single file search and recovery across massive filesets. Our approach delivers global mobility for all our customers’ NAS data by indexing and capturing metadata and orchestrating data to users’ destination of choice–public cloud, object store, or NFS. NAS Direct Archive is a testament to Rubrik’s commitment to tailoring our product to our customers while maintaining our industry leading position as an enterprise data management provider. Here are the top…
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 -  - NAS Recovery for the Cloud Era

Architecture

NAS Recovery for the Cloud Era

At Rubrik, we have architected our product for enterprise scale. Our typical NAS customer has at least a few hundred TBs, up to many PBs, of NAS in their environment.  Backing up this large of an environment while ensuring SLA compliance is a huge challenge for them, as it requires a platform that is highly parallelized, vendor-agnostic, and policy-based. With our customers’ pain points at the forefront of our minds, we have built an innovative solution to managing NAS. A Modern Approach to Backing Up NAS We’re focused on developing a solution that delivers both simplicity and high performance, even in large-scale environments. For enterprise customers with NAS systems, our approach delivers four key benefits: Cost-effectiveness: Just like Rubrik is disrupting the overall backup and recovery industry, we’re developing a truly innovative way of protecting today’s enterprise environments. We take a cloud-first approach to our NAS solution so that users can enjoy the flexibility and cost-efficiency of the cloud. Not only do we provide our customers with the ability to archive to on-prem targets such as NFS and object stores, but we also allow users to store files of both structured data (like documents or spreadsheets) and unstructured data (like PDFs…
Rubrik -  - Data Explosion and Fragmentation: Why We Built Polaris

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Data Explosion and Fragmentation: Why We Built Polaris

At Rubrik, we’re obsessed with innovation. We thrive on solving the biggest data management challenges in an unconventional and radically simple manner. Today, we’re continuing this mission by launching Rubrik Polaris, the industry’s first SaaS platform for a new class of data management applications. As we spoke with many customers across industries, it became clear that everyone was struggling with the same massive challenge – the fragmentation of data and applications across data center and cloud. As they implement cloud-first and multi-cloud approaches, their applications and data are increasingly decentralized across disparate locations. Coupled with explosive data growth, retaining control of all their data is nearly impossible. They need an organizing principle that centralizes data access, governance, analysis, and intelligence across data centers and clouds. We created Polaris to address this challenge through a SaaS platform that allows customers to organize, orchestrate, and secure applications and data across their entire environment. Polaris delivers a unified system of record that organizes all their business applications and data. Simplicity is in our DNA, so the platform includes native search, security, and workflow orchestration — all on a global content catalogue — to make data easily discoverable and usable. Staying true to the…
Rubrik -  - For CIOs, Focus on the Service Experience is Paramount

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For CIOs, Focus on the Service Experience is Paramount

Four years ago, I sat down with Frank Slootman, now Former CEO of ServiceNow and Data Domain, and shared my idea of re-architecting backup and recovery from the ground up to manage the data explosion in a cloudy world. Backup and recovery was overdue for a technology refresh. There was opportunity to bring the power of public clouds to backup, expand the role of backup data into a business asset for test/dev and analytics, and replace the traditional cumbersome architecture and user experience with one that was radically simple and infinitely scalable. Fast forward to ten product releases and 600+ employees, Frank and I caught up on why he invested in Rubrik and how our vision resonated with him. During the discussion, we traded notes on where IT is headed and what’s top of mind for CIOs. Four out of the five business days, I’m usually found on the road, meeting with customers around the world across all industries. After countless trips, I have noticed a clear trend in my discussions with CIOs – the CIO of today is starkly different from the CIO of yesterday. They are business strategists and spend their time figuring how best to leverage technology…
Rubrik -  - One Cloud to Rule Them All

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One Cloud to Rule Them All

Looking at modern IT infrastructures, it is clear we have mostly entered a cloud-first era. Even more traditional enterprises are incorporating a cloud strategy at the risk of being out-innovated or outpaced by their competition. “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” — Bill Gates While the public cloud has gained a lot of attention with the rise of Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, it is important to still ask yourself which “cloud-like” characteristics and services can benefit your particular environment. Not every business will benefit from moving completely into the public cloud. To solve for your specific use case, you need to look at all the tools at your disposal. Journey to the Cloud Not everyone takes the same path to the cloud, nor should they. As Eric Shanks wrote in his Gestalt IT blogpost, “Rubrik’s own Internet page title is ‘The Cloud Data Management Company’ which just screams at customers that it’s a cutting edge future looking company.” I agree that cloud-washing is rampant, and cloud should be considered less of a check box and…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik Is Named to the Forbes Cloud 100

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Rubrik Is Named to the Forbes Cloud 100

Rubrik is honored and humbled to be named to the Forbes Cloud 100 alongside so many innovative companies. Compiled with the help of partners Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures, the Forbes Cloud 100 recognizes the “best and brightest” of private cloud companies. The list is based on operating metrics such as revenue and funding, alongside input from 25 public cloud CEO peers. Rubrik has become the fastest growing enterprise company ever. In addition to nearing $100M run rate in booking in only six quarters selling, we have grown our customer base 11x over the past year and half, and have delivered rapid innovation via nine major product releases. The future is bright with cloud. Rubrik built the first Cloud Data Management Platform to empower customers to mobilize applications, automate protection policies, recover from ransomware, and search and analyze application data at scale. We’ve brought meaningful numbers of large enterprises and their applications to the Cloud, like Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Driscoll’s, and Tampa Bay Rays. We do this by making the Cloud incredibly simple, and by delivering compelling new capabilities using the Cloud that can be delivered anytime, anywhere. Rubrik was architected from Day 1 to deliver…
Rubrik -  - Data Protection for the Changing Enterprise

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Data Protection for the Changing Enterprise

The modern enterprise is changing. We are moving towards a world of containers, API-first architectures, and cloud-native applications; the latter two are discussed by Chris Wahl, Rubrik’s Chief Technologist, in a previous post. Enterprise technology is moving from email to Slack, relational databases to NoSQL, and more. But not every company is moving at warp speed, and both Oracle and Microsoft are still relevant in almost every data center. While Rubrik protects the enterprise on-premises, we are far more than a converged data management hardware appliance. We support multiple architectures beyond hardware via Rubrik Edge, our software-only appliance for ROBO, and Cloud Cluster for cloud-native apps and public cloud data protection. Rubrik is evolving and growing rapidly to meet cutting-edge business requirements while maintaining a Google-like, web-scale architecture and striking simplicity. Let’s Talk Applications! Tim Carr is right (don’t tell him I said that) — DBAs typically do not like to step outside of their comfort zone or native toolsets. Luckily, with our new Oracle integration, Rubrik provides its core benefits such as immutability and policy-driven management while integrating with native Oracle capabilities. Our approach is to integrate with RMAN, which provides agentless support (yay!) but still allows Oracle DBAs to use…
Rubrik -  - Superior Architecture for a Cloud-Native World

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Superior Architecture for a Cloud-Native World

If there’s anything that years of consulting with enterprise clients has taught me, it’s that the world of technology continues to accelerate through iteration after iteration of new architectures, models, and solutions at a pace that is difficult to grasp. We previously lived in a world where all applications resided on bare metal, and waterfall projects took years to release. Now, the rules of small steps and cloud-first are percolating throughout the minds of cloud architects, driving innovation. As Rubrik’s Chief Technologist, I’ve applied a lens to my experiences as an architect to really scratch the surface on this whole cloud data management ideal in an exploratory series of blog posts. In a nutshell, being cloud native, entirely API-driven, infinitely scalable, having instant data access, and, most importantly, being software fueled are the ingredients necessary for moving the needle in the stagnant world of data protection. The Road Traveled Thus Far Two years later, one only has to look so far as incumbent solutions using yet another coat of paint to hide long-tailed technology debts to see the short, dismal future ahead when compared to newer ways of thinking. By wiping the technology slate clean in an effort to make backup…
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