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Rubrik, Pure Storage converge for performance

Rubrik, a startup selling convergence for data management, is trying to piggy-back on the success of all-flash arrays through a partnership with Pure Storage.

Rubrik’s early focus is on data protection, although it has designs on primary data eventually. It is pushing its r300 and r500 Series appliances with Pure Storage’s FlashArray//m platform. The vendors claim common customers are seeing more than 250 TB per hour ingest rate from Pure arrays per Rubrik appliance.

Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha said the partnership with Pure includes collaboration among their sales team plus co-engineering that allows Rubrik appliances to directly read data from Pure SANs. That’s a unique feature for Rubrik, which connects to other storage systems through VMware APIs. Common customers can manage Rubrik and Pure systems through the same browser.

Both systems dedupe data – Pure handling primary data and Rubrik backup data.

“The systems complement each other,” Sinha said. “The biggest benefit is the faster ingest. We make sure we extract data from the primary array without hurting performance of the primary data. We have seen dramatic throughput from data coming from Pure to Rubrik.”

Sinha said Rubrik will have a similar partnership with Pure’s FlashBlade when the unstructured data system ships.

Pure and Rubrik name ExponentHR, Castilleja School, Red Hawk Casino, Phreesia, and Wabash as customers using Pure flash arrays and Rubrik appliances for data protection.

With Cisco Live running this week, there were other storage partnerships in the news. Backup software vendor Commvault launched reference architectures combining its data protection with Cisco UCS servers and added support for Cisco HyperFlex hyper-converged appliances. Commvault software will detect and classify new virtual machines on HyperFlex, and also load balances across backup servers.

Flash array vendor Tegile Systems expanded its IntelliStack converged infrastructure with Cisco UCS. Tegile customers can use IntelliStack software to orchestrate and automate management through Cisco UCS Director. UCS Director manages compute, network, virtualization, storage and public clouds connected to UCS.