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Rubrik -  - Rubrik and vSAN: Simplifying the Operational Experience


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 -  - CAN Capital Replaces Legacy Architecture with a Modern Approach to Data Management


CAN Capital Replaces Legacy Architecture with a Modern Approach to Data Management

Aileen Wyer, VP of Technical Support, and Maruf Rahman, Senior System Administrator, recently sat down with us to discuss how our partnership helped to modernize CAN Capital’s legacy backup infrastructure to simplify data management. Tell me about CAN Capital and your role. Aileen: CAN Capital has been providing access to working capital to small businesses for over 18 years. I have been with the company for 10 years. In 2016, I moved into tech support and infrastructure management. Our environment at CAN Capital is mostly virtualized with 120 VMs. We have also begun virtualizing our physical servers. We are a small team with only one person dedicated to systems. Having a simple, easy-to-use system is very important to us to reduce the time spent on backup and recovery. Why were you investigating a new solution for backup and recovery? Aileen: One of the first things I noticed when moving into this new role is that we had a lot of legacy systems. A big concern was the lack of backups in production. We had a solution that was extremely expensive and could not backup everything we backup now. We were just backing up systems that were crucial instead of all…
Rubrik -  - Do No Harm: How We Schedule Backups Without Impacting Production


Do No Harm: How We Schedule Backups Without Impacting Production

One of our principal tenets is to “do no harm” to production systems. The act of taking a backup requires several resources from the primary environment, including CPU, I/O, and network bandwidth. Rubrik’s objective is to minimize the impact to production and VM stun as much as possible. We achieve this for both virtual and physical workloads by using the following three methods: Flash-Speed Data Ingest: One way we adhere to our “do no harm” principle is through a high-speed data ingestion engine that can easily handle large volumes of data. Data enters Rubrik through the flash tier and lands on spinning disks, minimizing the time that we spend communicating with production infrastructure. Policy-driven Automation. The user specifies when and how often Rubrik takes backups by setting up SLA policies to signal the times when production systems have the least load. This SLA-based backup scheduling makes creating a backup faster, taking advantage of idle cycles on a primary system. Intelligently Distributed Workflow Management: Lastly, Rubrik only takes backups when it detects that the production system is not loaded. Users can set thresholds for certain metrics, such as CPU utilization and I/O latency, globally, or on a per-object basis. Rubrik monitors…