Rubrik Reviews

Rubrik is the #5 ranked solution of our top Backup and Recovery Software tools. It's rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Cohesity DataProtect - Rubrik vs Cohesity DataProtect

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Matthew Gill
Real User
Senior Network System Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The restore and backup agent is really great. It takes the load off of vSphere or vCenter or any of our ESXi hosts. It makes things just a dream to manage. The fact that the API is so available to us… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I don't think that we have had an instance where we needed to recover en masse, like from a ransomware attack, but we have disaster recovery in production, and as part of our strategy we back up… more »

What needs improvement?

I joke around, every time we meet our SE, and say they could use a dark theme for the user experience. Everything else has a dark theme now, so it'd be cool if it had a dark theme. But on the serious… more »

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

I remember hearing that we purchased a multi-year, contractual agreement. I don't know if we purchased the hardware outright or if it's a lease-to-own scenario.

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

We replaced Avamar with Rubrik and it assumed the exact same role that Avamar had. I never got to use Avamar. It was decommissioned before I got to my current company. When I worked in higher… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be in the form of a question. If you have the money to purchase Rubrik, the real question is do you want success? Do you want it to work? Because if you want it to work and you want it… more »
Don Rhodes
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The database backups, where you can go to a point in time, are huge. The instant-on recovery is another huge bonus to the system. It lets you get a system back up and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The SLA-based policy has had a positive effect on our data protection operations. I'm going to be going even deeper into the automation part, to use some of the newer… more »

What needs improvement?

There are some improvements that could be made to the web portal itself to make life easier. It comes down to the usability, to being able to use the system wherever you… more »

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

We pay yearly and it's based on the number of bricks. Each brick has a set cost, which I don't know off the top of my head. I don't handle the money side of things. We… more »

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

We had been using ARCserve for about 18 years before we switched. Sometimes it's referred to as CA ARCserve and sometimes just ARCserve. It went through a couple of… more »

What other advice do I have?

Look at what your SQL database is. If you're doing the industry standard of dump and sweep, migrate off of that as fast as you can. Get to the point where you're doing the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our project started off with eight vendors. We whittled it down and PoC'ed four of them and ultimately chose Rubrik. The ones we focused on were a Veeam/ExaGrid combo, and… more »
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Real User
Assistant Vice President at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 08 2019

What is most valuable?

The Live Mount is one of the most valuable features Rubrik has. It gives me an opportunity to run DR testing. For any patching or DR testing that I need to do, I'm able to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The SLA-based policy automation has made my life a lot easier because, on the administration side, things are way easier to manage. They're not as convoluted as other… more »

What needs improvement?

One of the great things that it offers us is simplicity, but at the same time, it would be great if it had a couple of different features that robust products might have… more »

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

There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees.

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

We were using Commvault and we switched because we needed to scale it. We decided to look at other solutions and Rubrik was a great change of pace.

What other advice do I have?

It's a great product. In terms of the biggest lesson I've learned from using, it's that the product can do a lot more than what it's designed to do in the web, but you… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a few other solutions briefly, but once we did a PoC with Rubrik we decided to go with it. We found it to be a good product and fit what we needed it to do… more »
Grant Hendricks
Real User
Systems Architect at Cardtronics
Jul 29 2020

What is most valuable?

The ease of use is the most valuable feature. It is a very simple system compared to just about any other back up technology like Commvault or EMC Avamar. It is extremely… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The most specific reason why Rubrik is a step above just about everyone else out there is that it's cutting edge. With Live Mount I can instantly spin up a server for… more »

What needs improvement?

They have what's called an organization which means different groups of access to Rubrik, but the alerting only goes to the admins. My suggestion to Rubrik is to make sure… more »

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

Anyone who's using Rubrik or any solution is to do a POC, or a proof of concept, that is key. If you can do a proof of concept and you can put the device on your… more »

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

We used Commvault in Canada and in the U.S. we had Dell EMC Avamar. We switched from them because of the cost of ownership. The complicity of Avamar, the fact that Avamar… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to work closely with their personnel to implement it. For a large organization like ourselves create an internal project with a project manager. You can… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I believe we looked at Cohesity. There's a couple of other EMC solutions. Their latest, IPDA, is their latest Avamar solution. It's an integrated Avamar. It also was not… more »
Real User
Senior Systems Manager at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2020

What is most valuable?

It's hard to specify a feature that is most valuable. The overall architecture is where we find the most value. Having an API-centric approach has allowed us to utilize a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The SLA-based policy automation has streamlined our data protection operations. We have moved away from backup windows and moved to letting the SLA policy actually… more »

What needs improvement?

At the time of this review, Rubrik is still missing several components to their Office 365 backup offering. These ideas have been voiced to Rubrik and their product… more »

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

Rubrik Go was not available when we initially acquired the solution; however, as we look to further investments in Rubrik, we plan on executing with their subscription… more »

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

Before Rubrik we used IBM Tivoli; however, we could never get Tivoli successfully tied into VMware. Tivoli's snapshot technology was a continual failure, and even with the… more »

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I've learned throughout our time using Rubrik is that the investment in simplicity, has proven to be extremely valuable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Veeam and Cohesity. With Veeam, it seemed like they were stitching solutions together to provide the single platform. Also for several reasons, we did not… more »
GeorgePickersgill
Real User
IT Infrastructure Engineer at Shakespeare Martineau
Dec 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the speedy restore. It helps in expediting RPOs and RTOs across our core applications. I would rate the solution's web interface at eight out of ten. It's just fantastic… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The backups are a lot more reliable. That's the core headline. It's taken the onus off making sure that backups run and making sure that we're protected. It gives us time to work on other things… more »

What needs improvement?

We would like to be able to do granular restores directly from Exchange. Also, more granular management of VM backups would help.

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

I have used many other solutions throughout the years. This one just seemed to be quite refreshing at the time. It seemed to be the most cost-effective with the best support options. We needed to… more »

What other advice do I have?

Depending on the size of your environment, I would say go for it. This is a very flexible and reliable product, but I don't know how it would do in a large, enterprise-size infrastructure. I can't… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Veeam was also a front-runner in there, but there are a lot of horror stories about Veeam and Exchange backups. That affected the decision. Other differences between Veeam and Rubrik include the level… more »
Reseller
CTO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jul 26 2020

What is most valuable?

I don't know if it is the best or the worst but it's very easy to install and very easy to balance. Sometimes that it's a problem because the installer of these data gets extremely scared because it's so easy. The product is easy to install, easy to balance, and easy to work with. Another really good point is the instant recovery. The recovery of virtual machines and SQL databases is really fast… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be when you are thinking about implementing Rubrik you need professional services and proper briefings. You need advice on-site and for configuring the system because the new way of doing things, deduplication, and all those kinds of things, is going to be a necessary configuration to run your backup system. It is very important to do it right at the beginning. To do that, you have… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There is not a big difference between Rubrik and Cohesity. Both companies and both products are clearly the same. There are a lot of differences between Rubrik or Cohesity and the old-fashioned kind of solutions like Veritas. Rubrik represents the new way of doing backups and recoveries, it's totally different, more efficient, and easier. It's absolutely an advantage.
Real User
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The instant recovery aspect of the solution is the most valuable aspect for me. It can recover the entire VMO database within five seconds. It's really quick. The database can be recovered on the local backup machine disk, and then brought… more »

What needs improvement?

The solution would be better if it was cheaper and cost us less to use. The solution could be more user friendly. The current UI could be improved considerably, which would make it more comfortable to navigate. The solution needs Continuous… more »

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

The cost of the solution is quite high. It's not cheap.

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

Before we began using Rubrik, we used to use HP Data Protector. We decided to switch due to the fact that the HP solution we had was getting to be too old and we realized simply upgrading it would have cost us quite a bit of money. The old… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with Rubrik. I'm not sure which version of the solution we are using, however, it may be a variation of version five. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. If it had a… more »
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What is Rubrik?

Rubrik provides the industry's first Converged Data Management platform with the Rubrik r300 Series Hybrid Cloud Appliance, fusing enterprise-class data management with web-scale IT. Organizations use Rubrik to deliver live data access to recover from failures and accelerate application development. Our team has helped build products such as Google File System, Google Search, YouTube, Facebook Data Infrastructure, VMware Virtualization, Data Domain File System, and Amazon Infrastructure.

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