Rubrik within a VMware environment has always been an easy sell. The product demos well and customers respond positively to how easy it is to set up and manage.  As with many other Virtualization focused data protection products however, protecting physical servers that still exist has been an issue.  As a result, many organizations use a secondary set of backup tools to handle the physical servers or an overly complex solution that does both physical and virtual.  As IT organizations search for simplicity and a better way to protect their data, Rubrik is definitely delivering.  As a former backup administrator, I always had to choose the backup product that stunk less and was never really impressed with any of the options that I had. I’m not sure it’s possible to make data protection sexy, but Rubrik gets REALLY close.

As part of the 3.0 and 3.1 release, Rubrik has quickly added and improved options for supporting physical servers.  Support now exists for the following scenarios:

·       Physical Windows Server Filesystems

·       Physical Linux Server Filesystems

·       NAS

·       Physical SQL (Standalone and Clustering)

In our lab at ROVE, we test and document the setup and operation of products and their features, not only to learn the technology we implement, but to ensure that the solutions we sell work as advertised.  Over the next few weeks I will be configuring the above features and posting videos of the process, the first one will be protecting physical Windows Servers. 

Video 1:  Physical Windows Filesystems

Brad Craig

ROVE - Senior Solution Architect



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