At the end of October 2016 I created a short blog post called “Data on tape is no longer useful” it’s premise was that if your historical data is being stored offline you can’t readily use it for other value-add services.
More recently Rubrik has delivered the ability to use archived backup copies of your data and spin those up on-demand as public cloud resources, called CloudOn. Initially taking VMware based virtual machines, archive them to Amazon S3 and when the time comes automatically migrate those workloads from VMware to Amazon and spin them up as AMI based EC2 instances.
Now with the release of version 4.1 we added the ability to support a similar scenario but spin up the workloads on Microsoft Azure instead of AWS. Additionally we added archiving support for Google Cloud Storage enabling more and more multi-cloud capabilities. (CloudOn for Google Cloud Platform is currently not available).
Multi-Cloud er… Multi-Pass
Since I’ve just written a post about all the things Rubrik is (was) doing with Microsoft I now need to add Microsoft Azure CloudOn to the list (I snoozed).
The idea is you add Microsoft Blob Storage as an archive location to one or more of your SLAs and once the data has been archived off you can now use that archive copy to instantiate your workloads, which where originally running on VMware (VMware VMDK based), on Microsoft Azure, as Azure based VMs (VHD based).
You can opt to do this conversion completely on-demand or choose to auto-convert the latest backup copy to save time during instantiation. The inner-workings a bit different depending on which scenario you choose but generally speaking Rubrik takes the VMDK file and converts it to a VHD file, uploads the VHD file to Azure Blob storage as page blobs (vs block blobs which are typically used for discrete storage objects like jpg’s, log files, etc. that you’d typically view as a file in your local OS.)
We also added support for Azure Stack in 4.1, in this initial release we provide the same type of functionality as we do with Azure (public cloud), meaning we support Windows, Linux, and SQL (customer installed) based workloads via the Rubrik backup service.
For a grand discussion of Azure Stack (a.o.) I suggest listening to this wonderful episode of the Datanauts podcast with Jeffrey Snover, Technical Fellow at Microsoft and Chief Architect for Azure Infrastructure and the creator of Powershell.
If you want to get more of the details about the 4.1 release please check out one (or all) of these fine posts;