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The move comes as Rubrik announces its 4.0 Alta release, which also adds SQL Server Live Mount in which customers can run SQL Server operations directly from their backup copy.
Chris Wahl, chief technologist at Rubrik, said Nutanix AHV was added as a platform because of similarities between the two companies and their products.
“There are a lot of synergies between Rubrik and Nutanix,” he said. “It’s a similar architecture, with scale-out, node-based hardware. Many customers typically use Nutanix as primary storage and Rubrik as a secondary platform.”
Rubrik claims “VMware-like” functionality in Nutanix, with APIs that allow management from Nutanix as VMware customers have via VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP).
Rubrik’s appliances use SuperMicro servers with flash and spinning disk inside, with capacities ranging from about 28TB to 120TB. They run Rubrik’s backup software and the Rubrik Cloud-Scale File System, a proprietary distributed file system.
Customers can set policies to specify how long data should be retained as backups and which can be accessed for production use from Rubrik hardware. Rubrik backup data is seen as an NFS file share before being sent to either an in-house physical archive or the cloud.
Backed-up data is indexed and searchable and almost instantly recoverable. Rubrik nodes provide storage connectivity via NFS and iSCSI. A virtual appliance version is available for remote office environments.