Rubrik has announced the release of Alta 4.2, the latest advancement in its cloud data management platform. With Alta 4.2, Rubrik says it is reinforcing its position as a single control plane for the enterprise hybrid cloud; with further support for private cloud, public cloud, and traditional data centre workloads. The company say users now have the ability to protect a broad set of cloud-native AWS EC2 workloads and traditional enterprise platforms like AIX and Solaris with the same data management software, helping organisations bridge the gap between existing and future infrastructures.
Rubrik identifies that most enterprises are interested in developing a hybrid cloud computing strategy to exploit the benefits of public cloud infrastructure as a service/platform as a service (IaaS/PaaS) for better elasticity, agility and overall operational efficiency. And, according to polling results from Gartner’s data centre infrastructure & operations management summit, 32% of IT leaders reported that developing a private/public/hybrid cloud strategy is the largest data centre (DC) challenge they face. Therefore, enterprises adopting the hybrid cloud look for flexibility to easily migrate workloads across environments based upon economic or business requirements.
“There is no question that hybrid cloud is the future, and adoption will be driven by both present workloads and future architecture,” says Arvind Nithrakashyap, chief technology officer at Rubrik. “We built Alta 4.2 to enable every aspect of an enterprise hybrid cloud strategy. Our goal is to make it simpler for every organisation to adopt the public cloud and to build an AWS-like, self-service cloud offering of their own. And we ensure everything is integrated in one, full-featured solution, so your infrastructure team has the same Rubrik experience whether you’re working with proprietary UNIX workloads or cloud-native applications.”
Cloud-native data protection through a single control plane
As enterprises deploy new, cloud-native applications for AI, real-time-analytics, IoT, and other use cases, Rubrik claims to offer Amazon Web Services EC2-native backup and lifecycle management to protect those applications in the cloud. The company say whether you deploy Rubrik in a data centre or on AWS, Rubrik Cloud Data Management can now index, catalogue, and protect any application running on Amazon EC2. Using AWS’s API-based functionality, Rubrik simplifies the backup and recovery process, making it possible to run everything on the cloud – production applications, source data, backup and recovery software, and archival storage.
Extending deeper into the enterprise data centre
The company recognise that the hybrid cloud also promises to bridge the gap between long-lived traditional data centre applications and the new infrastructure of the future. To this point, the company say that the Rubrik Alta 4.2 protects both IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris within the core product, offering enterprise operations teams the same suite of data management tools that they use for other physical, virtualised, and cloud-based workloads. Rubrik continue stating that organisations can begin moving some of these workloads into the cloud in a matter of hours, and for larger enterprises that have adopted Rubrik, supporting proprietary operating systems will make it easier to standardise on the Rubrik platform.
“We’re advocates of the modern Rubrik approach across our physical and virtual environments.” said Kevin Mortimer, infrastructure services manager at the University of Reading. “With Alta 4.2, we’re excited to see the platform extend even deeper into the data centre, further revolutionising our approach to backing up our data.”