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Rubrik -  - Capturing Data On-Demand Yields New Workflows

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Capturing Data On-Demand Yields New Workflows

The automation of repetitive tasks to ensure consistency and reliability is generally a great focus for technical professionals. This frees up time to tackle other initiatives that help differentiate your business while also limiting the amount of context switching required to get through various projects. The net result is an increase in speed and a more satisfying work experience. Rubrik’s SLA Domains provide a great deal of automation by scheduling all of the policy-driven snapshots required to meet your defined recovery point objectives (RPOs) for various workloads. However, there are times when ingesting data using an on-demand snapshot makes more sense than relying on the intelligent scheduler baked into Rubrik’s software stack. I’ve spoken with many customers who are actively leveraging on-demand snapshots to tackle some interesting workflows in both manual and automated workflows. In this post, I will dive deep into the architecture, design considerations, and use cases for on-demand snapshots as part of a larger series on SLA Domains. If you’re new to this technology, check out Mike Wilson’s post that introduces the concept of SLA Domains. The Advantages of On-Demand Snapshots Almost all systems have a mechanism in place to store state. This ranges from hypervisor snapshots,…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik SLA Domain: Settings, Ops, Considerations

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Rubrik SLA Domain: Settings, Ops, Considerations

SLA Domains Explained In the data protection world, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) define protection levels for workloads, availability targets, and objects that are crucial to a company. Collecting this information, implementing it, and staying compliant with the SLA is usually a tedious and difficult process. Rubrik uses SLA Domains to make those SLAs easier to achieve.  SLA Domains are comprised of these three components: Snapshot protection and retention  Replication  Archival When combined, these components protect and help manage the lifecycle of your most critical data. SLA Domains can be set to align with your company’s own SLAs, making compliance incredibly simple. Additionally, Rubrik’s SLA Domain construct is declarative in nature, allowing for a set it and forget it style of implementation. While it may seem like a small thing to use declarative policies, there is a major difference between old-style imperative backup jobs and Rubrik’s declarative SLA Domains. To understand the difference, imagine a situation in which you want to give your friend a LEGO set for them to build. The imperative approach would be to sit down with your friend and tell them, step-by-step, exactly how to construct the model. It would be far simpler, and faster, to take…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik and vSAN: Simplifying the Operational Experience

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Rubrik and vSAN: Simplifying the Operational Experience

There is no doubt that policy plays a big role in the move to the next generation of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). The introduction of cloud and software-defined solutions to IT environments brings many benefits in terms of flexibility and choice, but with that comes complexity. With all of the moving parts it takes to make up our data centers today, administrators are having a hard time keeping up with organization and customer demands. Traditionally, IT Operations have taken an imperative approach to managing environments, which includes providing instructions to infrastructure and letting it execute, building out components, and doing configurations manually. This practice cannot keep up with the software-defined world. For this reason, we’re seeing a shift to a declarative model in which administrators define the desired end state while the software determines the best path possible to obtain it. This approach revolves heavily around policy. Simplifying the Operational Experience VMware’s vSAN is a great example of how moving to a declarative approach and applying policy can benefit an organization. vSAN abstracts away the mundane tasks of managing the performance and availability of the underlying storage, instead replacing it with a set of policies, or pre-defined capabilities applied to…
Rubrik -  - Rubrik & Cloudian: Efficient Data Management for the Growing Enterprise

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Rubrik & Cloudian: Efficient Data Management for the Growing Enterprise

Managing data growth outside of primary storage has become increasingly complex with legacy architectures. Data centers are strapped with outdated hardware and software solutions. As enterprises become more and more reliant on data protection, a need for an affordable management solution has never been greater. Rubrik and Cloudian streamline how enterprises manage backups and long-term data retention in hybrid cloud environments. Rubrik provides unified end-to-end data management with capabilities such as instant data access, automated protection, and easy orchestration across multi-cloud environments. Enterprises around the world rely on Rubrik to securely manage their data, physical or virtual, across all locations – on-premises, edge of the data center, and cloud. Rubrik delivers a secure and intelligent on-ramp to Cloudian HyperStore. Cloudian HyperStore is designed for enterprise customers and service providers in data-intensive markets where unstructured data demands strain the limits of modern data centers. The solution serves as a highly-scalable on-premises target for data protection with support for policy-based migration to the cloud. Our platform was built from the ground up with simplicity in mind. Rubrik’s integration with Cloudian extends this focus while meeting customers’ business requirements around backup, archive, and disaster recovery. The joint solution delivers unlimited scale, security, and…
Rubrik -  - Next-Generation Data Center with Pure Storage and Rubrik

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Next-Generation Data Center with Pure Storage and Rubrik

Pure Storage and Rubrik have revolutionized the data management industry by changing the customer experience. Infrastructure solutions of the past are complex and inefficient. They lack scalability and consistency to deliver what today’s applications require. And their costs continue to skyrocket. Pure Storage and Rubrik focus on making solutions that are simple, efficient, and easy to deploy. We also changed the way customers consume our products by simplifying the software upgrades, enhancing feature enablement, and providing a well-rounded proactive support experience. Pure Storage developed highly-efficient software with inline dedupe and compression on top of consumer SSDs to enable disk to be easily replaced with all flash. Pure Storage also improved the customer experience around storage consumption with Evergreen Storage, which requires no uplift in maintenance and offers free upgrades every 3 years. This complete shift in the customer experience has resulted in some of the highest B2B net promoter scores in the industry with a Satmetrix-audited Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 83.5. Rubrik transformed the data management industry, providing highly-efficient, policy-driven data protection; Google-like search capability; instant recovery; and application activation for all hybrid-cloud enterprises. Its API-driven architecture made the automation of protection and application integration a simple task. By pairing Pure Storage with…
Rubrik -  - Accelerating Our Automation Focus

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Accelerating Our Automation Focus

If you follow Rubrik, it’s hard to miss that we’re focused on enabling automation in the datacenter. We built an API into Rubrik from the very beginning and frequently talk about automation — whether in blog posts, customer discussions, or presentations. As 2017 begins, we plan to expand this focus. Our goal is to give back and help the IT community by showing users what can be done with the Rubrik API and automation. We’ll even have some product announcements around API support! Automation Is the Future of the Modern Datacenter Simply put, we believe that the IT world is heading towards automation. If you’d like an intro on this topic, this post entitled “Over $500M invested in API companies in 2016, with 16 acquisitions” is a great primer. Today’s IT environments are becoming increasingly more complex. In some cases, companies such as Rubrik do a lot of hard work under the covers to abstract that complexity underneath policy-driven architectures. A lot of work and decision-making goes into turning a large amount of architecture + development, as pictured above, into simple policies. However, customers will always need additional capabilities and the ability to link multiple products together. These needs may be satisfied via…
Rubrik -  - Here’s Why You Should Shelve Backup Jobs for Declarative Policies

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Here’s Why You Should Shelve Backup Jobs for Declarative Policies

Changing out legacy, imperative data center models for the more fluid declarative models really gets me excited, and I’ve written about the two ideas in an earlier post. While the concept isn’t exactly new for enterprise IT – many folks enjoy using declarative solutions from configuration management tools such as Puppet – the scope of deployment has largely been limited to compute models for running workloads. The data protection space has largely been left fallow and awaiting some serious innovation. In fact, this is something I hear from Rubrik’s channel partners and customers quite frequently because their backup and recovery world has forever been changed by the simplicity and power of converged data management. To quote Justin Warren in our Eigencast recording, backup should be boring and predictable rather than exciting and adventurous because the restoration process failed, and you’re now responsible for missing data. That’s never fun. Thinking deeper on this idea, it brings me to one of the more radical ideas that a new platform brings: the lack of needing to schedule backup jobs. Creating jobs and telling them when exactly to run, including dependency chains, is the cornerstone of all legacy backup solutions. As part of their…