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Rubrik -  - How to Build a World-Class Digital Conference in 60 Days


How to Build a World-Class Digital Conference in 60 Days

Having spent our careers creating in-person experiences through face-to-face engagements, hands-on demos, and authentic networking, launching a fully-digital user conference was a unique opportunity for us. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rubrik had spent over a year planning our inaugural user conference, FORWARD, which was set to take place in Chicago May 11-13, 2020. With the safety of our community and employees a top priority in our mind, like many leading tech companies, in early-March we made the decision to transition FORWARD into an entirely virtual experience. While this shift came with a variety of challenges, we used the opportunity to redefine FORWARD and reflect on what truly made an unforgettable conference for our community: inspiration, education, and connection. If you want to check out the stellar content we featured at FORWARD Digital Summit, watch it on-demand here. With all hands on deck, FORWARD Digital Summit was held on May 11th with 8,000 data management professionals joining us and was met with an incredibly positive response from our audience. So how did we manage to successfully transform FORWARD into a digital event in less than 8 weeks? Here are our top learnings and takeaways: Reimagine (Don’t Revise) the Experience While…
Rubrik -  - FORWARD Digital Summit Recap: Our Most Popular Sessions


FORWARD Digital Summit Recap: Our Most Popular Sessions

Rubrik recently launched FORWARD Digital Summit, our first-ever user conference that we hosted through an interactive, fully-digital experience. With over 8,000 global data management professionals attending, FORWARD delivered a variety of intense technical and industry-focused content from our users and leading technologists. I was especially excited to be part of our product announcement demo, which showcased our latest Polaris offerings for O365 OneDrive, Google Cloud, and AWS RDS. You can check out my cameo here. These sessions are now available on-demand to anyone and are split up into four distinct tracks. But there’s a lot of content to sift through–over 25 breakout sessions and keynotes to be exact. So, here’s a rundown of our most popular talks—and a few honorable mentions: An Introduction to Rubrik for Backup Administrators, DBAs and Architects  This 12-minute walkthrough was the most attended session at FORWARD and offers a preview into our product and capabilities for those new to Rubrik. Whether you’re a backup admin or cloud architect, see how Rubrik’s policy-driven approach to data protection can drive automated backup and recovery, seamless migration to the cloud, and massive amounts of time and cost savings.  Expert Seminar on Rubrik APIs I led this session with…
Rubrik -  - Know Before You Go: FORWARD Digital Summit


Know Before You Go: FORWARD Digital Summit

The Cloud Data Management conference of the year, FORWARD Digital Summit, is quickly approaching. We are excited to share ways in which you can maximize your time during the event. Step One: Register Register for FORWARD Digital Summit if you have not done so already and mark your calendar. The one-day conference will begin May 11th at 8:00 AM PST | 5:00 PM CEST.  Once registered, you may sign up for sessions and build out your custom schedule. You will receive an access link via email for each session you sign up for.    Step Two: Build Your Agenda View the agenda for details on keynotes from our CEO Bipul Sinha, Microsoft Chairman John Thompson, and creator & host of Netflix’s The Patriot Act Hasan Minhaj, as well as the 27 breakout sessions we have to offer. Once registered, use our Session Builder to build your agenda. The FORWARD Digital Summit agenda sessions are broken into four distinct tracks:  Cloud: Whether you’re in the early stages of moving your on-prem workloads to the cloud or a cloud veteran looking to get a fresh perspective on the future of multi-cloud ecosystems, this track will help you prepare for the next stage of…
Rubrik -  - Sessions at FORWARD Digital Summit for Every Stage of Your Cloud Journey


Sessions at FORWARD Digital Summit for Every Stage of Your Cloud Journey

FORWARD Digital Summit, a fully-virtual experience on May 11, features a number of technical sessions from the cloud era’s boldest thinkers and technologists. As forward-thinking enterprises have moved to the cloud over the years, we find customers at various points in their journey –  from those balancing hundreds of workloads in complex, multi-cloud environments to those who are just now laying the groundwork for cloud mobility. No matter where you are in your multi-cloud journey, the FORWARD Digital Summit has a session for you: You: Curious about the first steps your organization can take to mobilize to the cloud The session: Workload Mobility from Zero to Any Cloud Customers can be overwhelmed with the complexity of workload mobility and migration – understanding networking requirements, workload dependencies, choosing hybrid or multi-cloud destinations, and deciding if applications should be refactored can often stall or drag out strategic cloud projects. In this session, Emad Younis, Staff Cloud Architect at VMware, will dive into how to create your workload mobility passport, key considerations when migrating workloads, and leveraging tooling. You: Trying to unify management across a hybrid or multi-cloud environment. The session: How to Use Rubrik to Protect All of Your Cloud Workloads [Register…
Rubrik -  - Straight from the Users: Customer Sessions at FORWARD Digital Summit


Straight from the Users: Customer Sessions at FORWARD Digital Summit

FORWARD Digital Summit, a fully-virtual experience on May 11, will feature rich sessions from some of today’s boldest thinkers and technologists. We feel lucky to call many of our customers thought leaders and know they provide deep insight into top-of-mind IT trends and challenges. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that four of the sessions at FORWARD Digital Summit will be with our own customers! Attendees of these sessions will have the opportunity to hear directly from our customers and deep dive into a variety of topics–from API-driven automation to data protection in the cloud–across multiple tracks. To help jumpstart your agenda planning for FORWARD Digital Summit, here’s a breakdown of what’s in store: How The Home Depot Manages a Large-Scale Rubrik Deployment The Home Depot, America’s largest home improvement retailer, automated 4,300+ Rubrik Edge appliances to be deployed across 2,200 stores, including the push of the image, registration of the device, and configuration of each appliance, in just 5 weeks with a 98.5% success rate. The key to success? Automation. In this session, hear from BB Laycock (Lead Systems Engineer) and Eric Alba (Sr. Systems Engineer) on how The Home Depot leverages Rubrik’s API-first architecture to accelerate business agility…
Rubrik -  - FORWARD Digital Summit Sessions Now Live: What to Expect


FORWARD Digital Summit Sessions Now Live: What to Expect

FORWARD Digital Summit is weeks away, and we’re thrilled by the enthusiasm our customers, partners, and community have shown about the event! A fully-virtual experience, FORWARD Digital Summit will take place on May 11th and deliver a full program of thought-provoking keynotes, breakout sessions and demos, and opportunities to connect with peers. The event will feature a variety of industry veterans, groundbreaking technologists, leading innovators who will share insights into everything from Rubrik’s vision to entrepreneurship and leadership principles.  To complement these activities, we’re hosting a variety of sessions focused on navigating the changing data protection landscape. Led by internal and external experts, these sessions dive into the most-talked-about IT topics, data management use cases, and the future of multi-cloud. To help you plan your agenda (builder coming soon!), we’ve broken down sessions into four key categories:  Core Platform Organizations interested in Rubrik and customers looking to sharpen their Rubrik knowledge will enjoy these employee- and customer-led sessions that go under the hood of the core platform, dive into best practices, and showcase new use cases. Sessions include: How The Home Depot Manages a Large-Scale Rubrik Deployment: The Home Depot, one of our largest customers, automated Rubrik Edge to be…