Rubrik back-up killer emerges into daylight with $10m in funding

'Powerful time machine' rolled out of hangar with elite Silicon Valley money behind it


Rubrik, the enterprise data management start-up, has come out of stealth with $10 million funding – including Silicon Valley elite cash contributions – and an intention to knock over Symantec, EMC, CommVault and Veeam in the back-up space.

Angel investors include: John Thompson, ex-Symantec CEO and current Microsoft chairman; Mark Leslie, ex-Veritas CEO; and Frank Slootman, ex-Data Domain CEO. Lightspeed is the backing VC.

We're told Rubrik eliminates back-up software (such as the aforementioned Symantec, EMC, CommVault and Veeam) to simplify complicated back-up and recovery systems by fusing enterprise-class data management with web-scale infrastructure. CEO Bipul Sinha believes its technology, called "a powerful time machine", marks the end of a decade-long innovation drought in back-up and recovery.

We'll forget about Actifio and its copy data virtualisation technology here.

Rubrik claims it "offers live data access for recovery and application development by fusing enterprise data management with web-­scale IT, and eliminating back-up software". Once its software is installed, it claims, customers can manage data across public and private clouds in minutes.

A canned quote from John Thompson said: "No other solution delivers on-demand data access through the application lifecycle, from development and testing to back-up and archive.”

Matthew Day, IT Manager at early customer Langs Building Supplies, said: "Rubrik offers us a disruptive solution that simplifies our back-up and recovery in the same way that Nutanix has for our primary environment. We get converged data management that installs in record time, is easy to manage and eliminates our need for back-up software or globally deduplicated storage.”

How Rubrik's Converged Data Management platform works is a secret. It's available through an early access programme. ®

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