This week, Rubrik announced the finalization of $41M in Series B funding led by Greylock Partners with additional participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners and angel investors. In conjunction with the funding raise, Rubrik revealed its r300 Series Hybrid Cloud Appliance that is implemented alongside the company’s Converged Data Management Platform. Rubrik’s hybrid cloud appliance delivers enterprise backup and recovery services while allowing customers to take advantage of the economics of public clouds to not only backup data, but to also recover data from the cloud. The appliance frees customers from the need to manager servers, hard drives and backup software by delivering an integrated, highly scalable infrastructure for backing up on premise data and subsequently leveraging public clouds to supplement the appliance’s storage capabilities. This week’s funding raise brings the total capital raised by Rubrik to $51M and illustrates investor and market interest in converged infrastructures as evinced by Vapor IO and Mesosphere. Meanwhile, the capital raise also affirms the enduring vitality of innovative enterprise backup and recovery solutions that tap into enterprise interest in using public clouds for recovery purposes as well as backup in the vein of players such as Axcient.
Egenera, a Boxborough, MA-based company specializing in cloud infrastructure management, recently announced a new release of its Egenera Cloud Suite platform for provisioning “physical, virtual, and public cloud resources” from within the purview of a single management interface. The new release serves the needs of both enterprises and cloud service providers that face the challenge of managing workloads within public cloud infrastructures and on premise environments. Enhancements to the Egenera Cloud Suite platform, which combines the PAN Cloud Director, PAN Manager and PAN Domain Manager, include support for Microsoft Hyper-V and Active Directory, more granular role-based access controls and improvements to billing and templating that streamline and automate workflows.
Given that enterprises increasingly leverage combinations of on premise and public cloud environments to differentially accommodate the needs of test, development and production environments, the ability of the Egenera PAN Manager and PAN Cloud Director to comprehensively manage varied hosting infrastructures positions it strongly to manage hybrid clouds, the most common use case for cloud deployments since comparatively few organizations pursue a “cloud only” solution. Egenera’s recent release builds on this summer’s integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), whereby AWS is now part of the standard service catalog within its Pan Cloud Director service catalog. Meanwhile, this week’s release marks a significant breakthrough for Egenera, which now expands its purview to virtualized environments supported by the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor due to requests from many of its customers, as noted in an interview with Cloud Computing Today.
A recent survey by Zenoss indicates that converged infrastructures are gradually proliferating as the cloud-driven transformation of enterprise IT continues. Converged infrastructure refers to the pooling of hardware and software resources into an integrated unit in order to deliver optimal IT solutions to organizations. Converged infrastructures typically feature servers, networking infrastructures and IT automation solutions. Facebook, for example, leverages converged infrastructure solutions to enable one technician to manage more than 20,000 servers. IT organizations use converged infrastructures in order to simplify operational management, increase economies of scale and reduce costs as indicated by the following data points:
•30% of survey organizations claim to have operationalized a converged infrastructure solution
•51% of organizations are “considering” converged infrastructure solutions
•VMware, IaaS and Big Data projects have been the principal drivers of converged infrastructure adoption to date
•Technology companies lead converged infrastructure adoption by representing 28% of all adopters as compared to other industry verticals
•Enhanced automation, expedited delivery and increased agility represented the top 3 reasons that organizations chose a converged infrastructure solution
The survey was based on responses provided by 350 IT professionals. The infographic below provides more details of the survey results: