Rubrik Exits Stealth With $10M And Plans To Simplify Data Protection


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Rubrik's Arvind Nithrakashyap
Rubrik's Arvind Nithrakashyap

Startup data protection software developer Rubrik exited stealth mode this week with the unveiling of its initial funding and the introduction of its Rubrik Converged Data Management Platform, and in doing so did not escape the notice of one of its potential rivals.

The company also unveiled a $10 million Series A round of funding from several industry luminaries, including John Thompson, Microsoft chairman and former CEO of Symantec; Frank Slootman, CEO of ServiceNow and former Data Domain CEO; and Mark Leslie, former CEO of Veritas.

Rubrik is developing what it claims is the first converged solution for data backups that brings all the necessary pieces together into a single appliance, said Arvind Nithrakashyap, co-founder and CTO of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup and co-founder of the Oracle Exadata solution.

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Data protection solutions for any vendor today -- including Symantec, EMC and CommVault -- all have backup software, Nithrakashyap told CRN.

"But you need to buy backup hardware," he said. "You also need access to a database, and to media servers to ingest the data. We combine it all into a single appliance that plugs into a customer's existing infrastructure. Just connect it to the network and enter the credentials."

With the Rubrik Converged Data Management Platform, configuration is quick, Nithrakashyap said. "We wanted a solution that is simple," he said. "Within 15 minutes, customers can be up and running. They can create backup policies, drag in virtual machines, and auto start off those virtual machines for recovery."

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