I longingly remember being a Systems Administrator configuring all my infrastructure through a variety of consoles. Those days are far behind me now since I spend much of my time helping customers navigate the new cloud world where infrastructure is managed through automation. It can be difficult to orchestrate pieces of the infrastructure into your server provisioning lifecycle but some vendors are embracing the new provisioning methods. Rubrik is one infrastructure company that has built a platform to thrive in this new automated world.
The way companies get off the ground has often fascinated me. Companies start with an idea, but building a company requires really hard work to turn that idea into a product that is consumable by a customer. That hard work costs money. Where does it come from? This post will use a recent startup, “Rubrik,” to walk through how the process works.
Rubrik calls themselves the “Cloud Data Management Company”. This provoked Eric Shanks to ask the question, “What are the characteristics of a cloud product?” This is a very difficult question to answer and leaves too much room for ambiguity. This lack of formal definition creates the opportunity for almost any product vendor to call their product “Cloud Ready.” In this article, Eric sets out some definitions to see if Rubrik truly is a cloud solution.
Rubrik’s that new backup solution that makes traditional backups a snap – pun intended. I’m a former Systems Administrator and there was absolutely nothing I hated more than managing backup jobs and reviewing why the backups failed all the time. I viewed backups as that thing I had to do each day as fast as possible, so I could get to the interesting parts of being a Systems Administrator like fielding support calls and patching servers. Hey, I was young and it was a phase I was going through, back off.
In this edition of Gestalt Cloud News
– We launch a new podcast, The On-Premise IT Roundtable
– NetApp’s Dave Hitz talks about cloudification
– Is Moby the new Docker?
Plus how the cloud servers as a check and balance for on-premises paradigms.
Eric Shanks came away impressed by the feature support offered by StorageOS. This is made all the more impressive given that they’re really just entering into offering a commercially available product. I’m used to seeing products roll out with the idea and slowly gain practicality as a solution in subsequent releases.
The course of a career can take many twists and turns. Things that we least suspect can have lasting impacts, and what we think of as life altering can be little more than mile markers. In this spirit, Eric Shanks shares some thoughts after attending Tech Field Day last week. It’s a really thoughtful look […]
Eric Shanks of IT Hollow comments: Consider what would happen if you could see analytics about your workloads to see cache hit ratios. This is something that several vendors can show now including Coho and Cloud Physics. You can now decide to buy more flash based off of how much a workload will benefit from […]
Eric Shanks of the IT Hollow comments: There are two terms used in IT that are often used in conjunction when learning about how technologies are built. These two terms are “Control Plane” and “Data Plane”. A quick and dirty definition of these two terms would be: Control Plane – The decision making part of […]
Eric Shanks of The IT Hollow comments: CloudPhysics continually surprises me with their innovation when providing cards for simulation purposes. I’ve posted a couple of times already about how I really like their AWS pricing calculator (they also have vCHS as well). Having a good idea about how much your existing environment will cost if […]