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Rubrik -  - Focusing on our Strengths: Rubrik & QStar

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Focusing on our Strengths: Rubrik & QStar

Tape?! Yes, tape. Rubrik has long supported native cloud integration for long-term archive for similar economics to tape with more flexibility and reliability. But for some customers, archiving to tape is an unavoidable legal or compliance requirement. This is particularly the case for customers across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia in finance, energy, defense, media, and more. As we listened to our customers, we discovered that they needed tape support but also wanted many more “forward-looking” features — additional cloud capabilities, data portability, analytics, and more. However, in some ways, development is a zero-sum game; time spent on one feature by definition is not available for other features. When you look at tape support, it’s not simple due to a multiplicity of tape libraries, drives, and related drivers – tape has been around for 30+ years after all. To solve this conundrum, Rubrik partnered with a company that has made handling tape drives and tape libraries a competitive strength – QStar. Starting with version 4.0 and later, Rubrik natively integrates with QStar Archive Manager to provide tape archiving. QStar exposes a tape library via SMB from a Windows server, handles the proprietary drivers required to interface with tape libraries, and…
Rubrik -  - Next-Gen Backup at Wabash National, North America’s Leading Semi-Trailer Producer

Customers

Next-Gen Backup at Wabash National, North America’s Leading Semi-Trailer Producer

This week, I chat with Steve Bunch, Server and Storage Manager at Wabash National, on how next-gen backup helps Wabash in its quest to keep America’s leading fleets operating efficiently. Tell me about your role at Wabash and how you landed there.   I’ve been working at Wabash for 12 years, right out of college. I started answering phones with the Tier 1 support team, worked my way up the chain, and left to get some server, backup, and virtualization experience. I received a call from Wabash with an offer to re-join as a server admin. The company was  starting to diversify and acquisitions were a part of the strategy, which meant plenty of help was needed to standardize data center environments. The team grew from 3 to 14 people, and I was promoted to Server/Storage Manager, handling everything from servers, storage, virtualization, and business critical applications. What type of backup challenges were you experiencing? Our company is active in M&A activity, which means we acquire lots of different data centers and IT stacks. It wasn’t until I brought in a backup administrator to streamline our multiple backup solutions and firmware upgrade process that I realized how challenging backup was!…
Rubrik -  - Cloud is the New Tape

Customers

Cloud is the New Tape

A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to Terry Young, the man behind the scenes that keeps infrastructure running at Castilleja School. We met in November to discuss how Castilleja used Rubrik to solve recovery challenges and re-purpose backup data for testing. This time, our conversation focused on how Castilleja has been using Rubrik to archive data to AWS S3. As a result, Terry has wiped out tape management complexity and created a disaster recovery insurance plan for Castilleja. Mapping Business Objectives to Cloud Services In order to smoothly transition to public cloud, Terry segmented workloads by size, criticality of data, and recovery time objectives. RTOs differ when you’re recovering 4TB from the Brik vs. from the cloud. In addition, Terry defined a new retention policy – everything was kept on-premises for 3 days and anything beyond 3-5 days was archived to the cloud. Archiving starts at midnight to 6 am to not coincide with business hours. Significant Time Savings from Easy Recoveries As Chris mentioned in Part 1, the challenge of public cloud is ensuring that data can be pulled down into an on-premises location without breaking the bank and recovery time/point objectives. This is where Rubrik works…
Rubrik -  - Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Instant Data Access

Architecture

Converged Data Management Unwrapped – Instant Data Access

Now that the Rubrik team has returned from an energizing trip to VMworld Barcelona and TechTarget’s Backup 2.0 Road Tour, it’s time to peel the onion a bit further on Converged Data Management in the fourth installment of this deep dive series. In this post, I’ll put the magnifying glass up against Instant Data Access – which is the ability to see and interact with data in a global and real-time manner – to better understand why it’s a critical property in the architecture shown below: First, let’s take a step back. There’s a lot of hemming and hawing on the Internet about data lakes, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and so forth. The rub is that data is growing (exponentially), is largely unstructured, and there’s no way to put our hands around it in any meaningful way without machine learning and a plethora of automation. ImageNet is a great example of this in a real world, practical format. This has led to some really nifty architectures being crafted to deal with large data sets and a rise in the popularity in storage systems that are eventually consistent, such as object storage clustering, rather than strongly consistent as typically…