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Stanley Kubrick made Eyes Wide Shut. Data-protecting Andes Rubrik makes bytes slide shut

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Rubrik has expanded its database, unstructured data, and in-cloud protection.

The Cloud Data Management v5, codenamed Andes, release brings a list of improvements:

  • Live Mount for Oracle databases providing instant recovery and clones for app development
  • NAS Direct Archive to manage and globally search unstructured datasets on-premises and in public clouds
  • Protect and recover Epic EHR (Electronic Health Records) environments built on InterSystems Caché databases
  • Certified SAP HANA integration and protection
  • Bare metal Windows recovery with full system migration to any hypervisor or cloud instance
  • Elastic App Service (EAS) providing data services (lifecycle management and data immutability) for any application, including Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SAP HANA, MongoDB, and Cassandra

Rubrik claimed that database admins can continue using their preferred management tools while using EAS to extend their management tools to include EAS services and protect against cyber attacks such as ransomware.

There is new support for cloud-native applications:

  • Policy-based protection of Microsoft Office 365 on Rubrik's Polaris SaaS platform
  • Rubrik Andes now works with Rubrik Datos IO to protect and manage NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Cassandra

In the cloud Rubrik has added incremental-forever cloud archival for, it said, faster recoveries and lower costs. Its branded CloudOn services provide cloud instantiations of sizeable virtual machines in minutes for disaster recovery or test/dev.

There is a Rubrik Accelerator for Microsoft Azure to provide data protection and application mobility across data centres to the Azure cloud.


Rubrik is battling to extend its data protection and management services for hybrid cloud and expand its market beach head to prevail against legacy and new backup suppliers such as Commvault, Veeam and Veritas. It's also working on a second front against data managers such as Actifio, Cohesity, Druva, Komprise and others.

The thinking is that it is no longer enough to offer data protection on its own. Customers, using a mix of on-premises and public clouds, need to manage their data, meaning protect it (backup), save it for the long-term (archive it), store it effectively (life cycle management), secure it, ensure they are compliant with regulations, and use it for test-and-dev and other purposes such as analytics.

If a supplier can do more of this than its competitors then it has a huge market to play in and huge revenues to shoot for. ®

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