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Operations Analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland
Real User
Reduced our maintenance efforts, improving our productivity
Pros and Cons
  • "It has reduced our maintenance efforts. The amount of time and effort that would have gone in troubleshooting various issues related a data crash has been addressed by Rubrik. So, it has helped to improve our productivity. The data is being captured about our customers periodically that is secure and safe."
  • "The licensing cost is quite high. That is something that needs to be worked out, because so many times it happens that the team does not have the budget or there are other issues at that time. Cost has become an important factor in deciding whether to continue with the Rubrik solution."

What is our primary use case?

We have been mainly using Rubrik's backup and recovery solution for our microservice-based products, which we have for different trading applications. We have a trading application, where the customer makes use of any workflow through the GUI of the trading application. The request goes through our microservices server REST API. These microservices server REST APIs are sometimes using DynamoDB as a database solution.

Our applications are quite scalable and user-friendly. We wanted our database solution to be highly scalable. Since all the trades being carried out between customers are highly secure in nature and carry sensitive data, we wanted this in case there was some type of application crash due to a timeout or downtime. Our database should not crash and the data should not be lost. For that purpose, we needed to use Rubrik's backup and recovery solution. So, on a weekly basis, we take regular snapshots of our databases via Rubrik's solution in case of any downtime, especially during the week from Monday to Friday when trading is being done at a high peak level. At that time, we take snapshots. In case there are any issues, then we will simply roll back our database to the previous snapshot which we had captured.

We are protecting VMs. They are all virtual.

How has it helped my organization?

It has reduced our maintenance efforts. The amount of time and effort that would have gone in troubleshooting various issues related to a data crash has been addressed by Rubrik. So, it has helped to improve our productivity. The data is being captured about our customers periodically that is secure and safe.

Our entire team uses the Grafana application to monitor the response time of various API that we have in the application. Because we can restore our application to its normal state, gradually the graph of the downtime comes down for APIs. For Grafana plotting, we are using different error codes. We see in graph form if there are any spikes in the error code, for how long those spikes remain, and how much time it took for the spikes to go down their normal level.

What is most valuable?

From a security point of view, data is highly-encrypted using the Rubrik security solution. Therefore, we don't have to worry about any image/data loss or data leakage.

If there is any corruption of the snapshot, e.g., the target is corrupted while taking the snapshot, Rubrik is our faster option to have two snapshots: snapshot one and snapshot two. If there is some issue with snapshot two, then we still have the option to restore the data to snapshot one. In this way, we never lose the customer's trade data.

Rubrik's web interface is very user friendly and easy to use with all its navigation, e.g., it is easy to identify if you're looking for any help. So, the help features are there. The customer support feature is very nice. We are regularly using that. The alignment of all the fields of the platforms on the Rubrik GUI are very good.

Its archival functionality is very nice. On a regular basis, we snapshot our VMs and server logs. So, we keep archiving the logs and snapshots into Rubrik for archival functionality on a monthly basis. For 30 days, we maintain the snapshots of our data using the Rubrik archival functionality. Whenever we need to retrieve any snapshots that have been stored for the past one month, we can easily retrieve them. The retrieval process is also very fast from the archival function, and it doesn't take too much time.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Rubrik for around three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In my experience of using Rubrik, once or twice it didn't work and the issue was resolved quickly. Otherwise, it is quite stable.

My colleague, my assistant, and I manage it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is highly scalable. We can easily add more VMs to our configurations or Rubrik account. It also can easily take snapshots.

In-house users are around 25 to 30 people who are mostly from the DevOps profile: software engineers, the infrastructure team and release managers. Developers are also involved.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have received excellent customer support from Rubrik when addressing any of our queries, from time to time.

The technical support is very good. They are quite well-versed with the Rubrik solution, so they provide quick solutions to our queries.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were not previously using another solution.

We learned third-party backup and recovery solutions can be good enough to handle and exhaust all our requirements. Instead of starting to build a backup recovery solution from scratch, we explored outside our organization. Now, third-party vendors are very good and intelligent data recovery solutions are available.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was between an easy to medium difficulty level. To install the Rubrik application, we created an account, then specified the contribution of our VMs. The microservices took the most amount of time during the setup part. Later on, defining the duration and frequency at which we want the snapshots to be taken was easy. 

The setup took three to four days.

What about the implementation team?

A colleague and I deployed it. Whatever we couldn't do, we directly contacted Rubrik for that.

What was our ROI?

Due to this effective, faster backup and recovery solution, we are now able to focus on other creative tasks to meet our entire pipeline. So, we have seen ROI in terms of the improvement of productivity in our team. We save around one million dollars a year.

The solution has saved us 25 to 35 percent of our time.

The maintenance has been very quick and fast to retrieve our snapshot from the archival functionality. If you had to source for any data research query, then that used to take around one hour for one terabyte of data. Now, that has been reduced to 20 to 25 minutes. It takes less time for us to restore data as well as reduces recovery time. 

The downtime has been reduced. Downtime used to be around five to six hours. Now, it has been reduced to three to four hours. This reduction happened after two or three weeks.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing cost is quite high. That is something that needs to be worked out, because so many times it happens that the team does not have the budget or there are other issues at that time. Cost has become an important factor in deciding whether to continue with the Rubrik solution.

The maintenance cost is low.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also initially evaluated Cisco, Dell EMC, and Nutanix and found the Rubrik solution to be the most effective for our requirements. Almost all these solutions were equal. With the other vendors, the main problem was the customer support when we initially gauged those vendors, e.g., to get hands-on training to get a demo, then later on to follow up with their teams, the entire process wasn't smooth. However, with Rubrik, we didn't see this problem.

We are considering migrating our microservice stack from a VM-based solution to Docker-based solution. So, we are considering a Docker integration with Rubrik for the communication of our microservices with ModAPI of our solution. For that, we probably need a handshaking mechanism. For that purpose, we are considering the Rubrik security REST APIs.

What other advice do I have?

I would strongly recommend trying the Rubrik solution. Their solution is stable, scalable, and intelligent. It has cloud solutions for our backup and security needs.

We are not using the SLA-based policy automation feature of Rubrik. We might look at this in the future. Now, we have our own separate SLA-based automation tool.

We are using Polaris, but there is another team at my organization who handles governance and compliance.

They are in touch with our team to understand our entire integration, setup, architecture, how things have been done, and how Rubrik is helping us. The plan in the future is that certain teams will start using Rubrik in their application.

I would rate this solution as a nine (out of 10). 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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Lead Presales at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Secure, simple to use, and a good licensing model
Pros and Cons
  • "Integration with various applications, such as on-premises laptops and desktop backups, as well as applications and databases, is excellent."
  • "The automation could be better."

What is our primary use case?

We are system integrators, also known as SIs. 

We deploy on-premises as well as in the cloud.

Customers who use it in the cloud use it for email, file storage, and backup. When used on-premises, it is used for applications and databases.

What is most valuable?

Veeam Backup Replication is secure. They have covered almost every aspect, both in terms of security and backup, and management.

Integration with various applications, such as on-premises laptops and desktop backups, as well as applications and databases, is excellent. Also, they've added cloud integration, which is a plus. 

The combination with Nutanix is admirable. It is very good.

It is easy to use. 

It is simple to learn while performing POCs or demonstrations.

What needs improvement?

The automation could be better. 

Automation is also available, but one customer recently requested a few types of automation that were not yet available, but they are working on it.

It is not 100 percent successful. POCs are being developed by a travel agency in Mumbai, and they are currently being improved.

In terms of automation, I believe they are adequate but not flawless. You can rate it a 3, or 4.

The infrastructure required for installation is still quite expensive. Even the deduplication part, which they promise up to 50%, you get 60, 70, or even 80% somewhere, but they promise 50%. If you specifically compare them to the data domain or some application appliances, you can say deduplication is not that mature. But, in a normal scenario, it is fine.

The support could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Veeam Backup & Replication for more than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Veeam Backup Replication is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. We have a customer who started with 10 licenses and has since grown to more than 30, or 50 licenses. They are also looking into another three or four branches.

We have more than 10 customers.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support is good, but I wouldn't rate it more than seven out of ten.

Support could be better, but it depends on what the issue is. We have some issues with the database and backup time or the backup window more specifically, sometimes there are backup failures.

Support could be improved, but that depends on the issue. We are having some issues with the database and backup time, or more specifically, the backup window; occasionally, we experience backup failure.

If you do the root analysis, you will find that these are the issues, and they will suggest ways to resolve the issue from the knowledge base.

Someone who has worked in that environment or understands backup replication technology can help, as can an L2 engineer. However, it will be more difficult for L1. He must escalate to support, and support will take three, four, or five days, depending on the severity of the issue and the nature of the call. 

If it is not a critical environment, and if only that option is enabled, I think this is a good solution. However, this is a very critical environment, and if you do not enable other things, such as instant recovery or something similar, and you don't have the expertise, it can be painful for the customer.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are working with Nutanix and Dell products for disaster recovery.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is simple and straightforward. Anyone who understands backup storage or product installation can understand this.

They have a sizing calculator and everything, once you enter that data and the retention period and everything, everything comes up with you.

The time it takes for installation and deployment is dependent on the recovery process. However, they have instant recovery, which will also take less than a minute. 

It's just adding up that specific storage. The research option for indexing is also good. If you know what you want to search you can search the catalog, and then copy/paste or download that image. If you want a proper file-level recovery, it will take some time. Specifically for virtual machines you want to completely revoke that machine, it only takes a minute or two, if that. 

Recovery is such an important part of any backup and recovery solution.

Because replication solutions include in-built licensing, you do not need to purchase a replication license separately, which is beneficial for Veeam.

We have completed approximately five large projects for enterprises with 1000 or more customers, 1000 or more end-users, or applications and databases. As a result, we needed seven to eight days to deploy and maintain everything with just one person.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

What they have in place for the licensing, is really good, which makes it easy to convince customers. 

It is a subscription license, and that is where every software solution is heading. The software subscription model can be once a year, or every three years, or every five years.

What other advice do I have?

Nutanix is capable of disaster recovery. Mine is a backup, but Veeam has the same capability, as does Mine, and is a hybrid of Veeam and Nutanix. Veeam is a different backup and replication software that we also used.

Definitely, I would recommend this solution. I have been working with Veeam for over five years. And I sold it to four or five customers in North India by myself. So, yes, we highly recommend Veeam.

I would rate Veeam Backup & Replication an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Real User
Top 10
Good backup and restore capabilities, scales well, and the instant recovery option saves us time for urgent cases
Pros and Cons
  • "Instant recovery options are a big benefit for urgent restores, as we don't need to wait for hours or days for a restore to complete before being able to access the files."
  • "Many of the reports are basic, at most, and at times we had to open a support ticket to help find or develop a report for our needs."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this product for backups, reporting, and auditing.  As we are a publicly listed company, we rely heavily on the reporting that comes out of Cohesity to ensure that we are compliant across all aspects.

The backup and restore solution is a big step forward from our last solution and packs more than just backup in a box, allowing for additional features such as Disaster Recovery and utilising the space available in the cluster for storing files.

The auditing and reporting features are as important as the backups themselves.

How has it helped my organization?

We moved over from another backup solution that wasn't as innovative, which made it an easy solution to move away from. Cohesity uses up less rack space in the datacentre and allows for more than just backups, paving the way for more hyper-converged solutions, not just physically.

The initial contract with Cohesity is an improvement in terms of pricing above our previous solution but it remains to be seen what will happen after the contract comes to an end. The fundamental tasks of backups are restores are ahead of its game, relative to our previous solution.

What is most valuable?

The backup and restore feature is the most valuable.

Instant recovery options are a big benefit for urgent restores, as we don't need to wait for hours or days for a restore to complete before being able to access the files.

The restore to the appliance itself allows for faster (instant) access that saves us from waiting for the restores to happen to the datastores/volume/containers, which can take upwards of weeks in our case if we were to restore the larger VM guests.

We have seen many iterations of this such as restoring to the cloud but the outcome has always been a hit-and-miss solution.

What needs improvement?

The canned reporting could be improved. Many of the reports are basic, at most, and at times we had to open a support ticket to help find or develop a report for our needs. This is something that even our last solution had in place already.

Error reporting could also be improved. Rather than 'errorcode -2', it needs to be more descriptive or at least, provide KB articles related to the error or problem. This would save time in creating a ticket and try to describe to the support engineer what happened to cause an 'errorcode -2' that most of the time, we don't know either.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Cohesity DataProtect for seven months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, so far so good.

The initial implementation requires a lot of babysitting and reporting on issues is a bit lacking. Hopefully, you've purchased a good support contract to help with those teething issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable. It doesn't require a replacement appliance to expand for more capacity. Simply purchase another block/node and it's done.

How are customer service and technical support?

My experience with support is mixed. There are times where the response and resolution are quick but at times, there are large gaps in the response. I'm not sure whether this is timezone-related. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched over, as the previous solution was very lacking behind in innovation. It was missing basic features such as finding VMs and we were told to simply use "ctrl+f" to find them. However, this didn't help if the screen spanned across multiple pages.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward, as we engaged with the company to help with the deployment. As long as the provided templates are completed and networking is done properly, it should be a smooth ride.

What about the implementation team?

Our deployment was completed by a mix of both. The vendor team was very qualified and personnel was made available at each region to assist the local teams with implementation.

What was our ROI?

This is difficult to measure and quantify but the time saved across the regions baby-sitting the previous solution would be about eight hours per week.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

My advice is to always negotiate for better pricing.

A contract with any backup vendor will always be a long-term deal, so think ahead and force them to sharpen their pencils. Never sign up without evaluating the price of other vendors over a three to a five-year term.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Rubrik, Veeam, Nutanix Mine, Barracuda Backup, and Commvault.

What other advice do I have?

Although the NPS score was rated highly, this should not be the only factor to consider.  There may be other factors involved that affect this score and as mentioned, backup solutions are a long-term deal. Not many companies will be willing to jump ship, risking their backups that are kept on proprietary platforms.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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