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Rubrik -  - Beyond “Always On”: How Higher Education Is Embracing the Cloud

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Beyond “Always On”: How Higher Education Is Embracing the Cloud

At Rubrik, we enjoy speaking with our customers immensely. Not only do we learn about their experiences implementing our product, but we also gain unexpected insights into the challenges they face in their respective industries.  One of our favorite interviews was with Fernando Thompson, CIO of UDLAP, one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America. Many higher education IT departments are required to provide always-on services for students and faculty while also mapping back to the institution’s broader goals. For UDLAP, downtime can not only directly impact their finances, but can also be a severe hit to their credibility. As Thompson explains, “We give [our students] tools that enable them to start their own businesses and improve their strategic decision making. It’s a differentiator against other students competing in an international job market.” For UDLAP, the cloud is instrumental in on-ramping innovative technologies and ensuring business continuity. By moving to the cloud, UDLAP was able to increase the availability and reliability of their services—just one example of why other higher education institutions are doing the same. In this blog, we’re showcasing examples of how universities are taking advantage of the cloud and the myriad benefits they’ve seen, including increased…
Rubrik -  - Simplifying AWS Native Protection with Rubrik Polaris

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Simplifying AWS Native Protection with Rubrik Polaris

Why Polaris for AWS? Last year, Rubrik introduced the world to Polaris, our innovative SaaS offering for a new breed of data management apps. Our first Polaris app was Polaris GPS, which provides customers with centralized management and monitoring of their globally-distributed Rubrik infrastructure. We quickly followed that up with our second application, Polaris Radar, which leverages machine learning to help customers detect and recover from ransomware. However, with organizations driving cloud adoption more and more, we always knew protecting workloads running in the cloud would be a key focus of Polaris. We spearheaded these efforts with Office 365 protection in our Andes release. This was just the beginning, and I’m happy to announce that Rubrik has now released native protection for Amazon Web Service (AWS) workloads using Polaris. Building on the capabilities of our flagship Cloud Data Management (CDM) product, Polaris integrates with the native snapshot capabilities and APIs provided by AWS for protecting Amazon EC2 instances and Amazon EBS volumes. This tight integration provides Rubrik customers with a central point of management to address various data protection use cases. Why should customers use Polaris to protect Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS? As a SaaS solution, Polaris provides many…
Rubrik -  - Tech Walkthrough: Amazon EC2 Protection with Rubrik

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Tech Walkthrough: Amazon EC2 Protection with Rubrik

In a previous post, I previewed Rubrik’s support for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) native protection, and it’s been rewarding seeing customers use this capability to protect their AWS workloads. With the exciting announcements recently revealed at AWS re:Invent, this is a good time to walk through some of Rubrik’s Amazon EC2 protection capabilities. Prerequisites First thing you’ll need is an AWS account with some Amazon EC2 instances launched and running in one or more AWS Regions. Note that these instances must be using Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) volumes since Rubrik will be leveraging Amazon EBS snapshots for data protection. On the Rubrik side, you’ll need either a Rubrik instance running on-premises with network connectivity to AWS or a Rubrik Cloud Cluster with access to your AWS account. There is also some preliminary configuration work, detailed in Rubrik documentation, that has to be completed before we can start managing native Amazon EC2 protection: Identify a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and Subnet where the transient Rubirk EC2 instance will be launched. This Rubrik instance will be used for the indexing of Amazon EBS snapshots. Create a Security Group that allows inbound access over TCP through ports 2002 and 7780. This…
Rubrik -  - Adcubum Chooses Rubrik for Fast Recovery and Cloud Mobility

Customers

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 -  - Your Primer on AWS EC2 Protection

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Your Primer on AWS EC2 Protection

Are you on the cloud-native train? Nowadays, it seems everyone is building new stateless cloud-native applications or refactoring their old “jalopies” to become container-based, microservice-architected, cloud-native “Teslas.” However, that isn’t the reality when you speak with most users. Many are still hesitant to run production workloads in the cloud because they are not sure if their data will be protected and managed. Even current cloud users have concerns about the challenges of protecting their stateful data. Earlier this month, we announced Rubrik Alta 4.2, which extended our enterprise hybrid cloud data management capabilities. Based on customer demand, we’ve made simplifying the protection of cloud workloads a key component of our platform, beginning with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instance protection. Protecting EC2 instances centers on efficiently managing EBS snapshots and Amazon Machine Images. We’ll dive into how Rubrik simplifies AWS EC2 protection in a follow-up blog post. But first, we need to level-set our understanding of related AWS technologies and the possibilities and challenges they present.  Let’s begin with the different storage types that an EC2 instance uses. What is an EC2 Instance Store? An instance store is temporary or ephemeral block storage for EC2 instances. It’s a logical volume…
Rubrik -  - Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Amazon S3

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Encrypting Your Data in the Cloud: Rubrik CloudOut with Amazon S3

In a previous post, I discussed the role of data encryption as a critical component of any company’s security posture and the potential pitfalls of not using encryption properly. This is magnified when you are talking about storing data outside of customer data centers in public cloud storage repositories such as Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, and Google Cloud Storage. Security is one of the key pillars of Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management platform, and we design security into every aspect of the platform. This includes end-to-end encryption, both in transit and at rest, which extends to our integration with public cloud providers. The majority of Rubrik customers take advantage of our CloudOut capability to store their backup data in one of the big three public cloud providers, often as a replacement for tape. This approach is typically more cost effective, more reliable, and offers better response times in the event that data restoration is required. To secure data uploaded via CloudOut, Rubrik enables encryption in transit using TLS and encryption at rest using various methodologies. No matter the cloud provider, Rubrik applies the same three key principles to how we encrypt customer data: Use the strongest encryption cipher available 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 -  - 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 -  - Cloud Data Management Keeps Balance Innovations at the Forefront of Retail

Customers

Cloud Data Management Keeps Balance Innovations at the Forefront of Retail

This week, I chat with Todd Shutts, Senior Vice President of the Advanced Technology Group at Balance Innovations, about evolving retail to support cloud services, speeding up infrastructure upgrade roll-outs, and the smart way to utilizing public cloud. Balance Innovations offers a unique retail currency management software platform. How does your team help the company stay at the forefront of retail innovation? Balance Innovations delivers a cloud service platform to help retailers transform their currency operations. We overhaul traditionally manual tasks (store-level reports done in Excel and delivered via fax) into actionable data insights for a retail executive to increase efficiency and performance. We drive transparency into currency management, and when retailers can see it, they’re able to act much faster. My team is chartered with helping the organization build product, from tactical to long-term strategy. Over time, we have evolved our product delivery mechanism to cloud services. How are you evolving IT to support this business transition? To develop product that is easier to consume, deploys more quickly, and with fewer roadblocks, we have built cloud native systems on infrastructure- and platform-as-a-service technologies. Continuous integration and delivery, with a focus on DevOps, are key drivers of this new product…
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