Startup Rubrik Receives $10M Capital InfusionBy Gina Roos | Print
NEWS BRIEFS: In addition to the Rubrik news, this week's briefs cover the CompTIA Network+ Exam, WestconGroup's deal with QTS Realty Trust, and more.
Startup Rubrik Receives Capital Infusion
Emerging from stealth mode, Rubrik Inc. has received $10 million in Series A funding, which the startup has earmarked for its new Converged Data Management platform, which the company said will eliminate the need for backup software. Rubrik—founded by key engineers from Google, Facebook, VMware and Data Domain—also announced its Early Access Program and strategy to sell its product 100 percent through the channel.
"For years IT has been forced to stitch together legacy pieces of infrastructure to manage data through the application lifecycle, from recovery to provisioning production replicas for DevOps," Bipul Sinha, Rubrik co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. "Today we are excited to announce the first act in our product journey. We have built a powerful time machine that delivers live data and seamless scale in a hybrid cloud environment. Businesses can now break the shackles of legacy and modernize their data infrastructure, unleashing significant cost savings and management efficiencies."
Rubrik's new approach to data management "offers live data access for recovery and application development by fusing enterprise data management with Web-scale IT, and eliminating backup software," said the company. The offering will change how companies address data management by eliminating backup software, as well as lowering total costs and shrinking data center footprint.
CompTIA CertMaster Adds New Network+ Exam
CompTIA has expanded its CertMaster learning portfolio with the new CompTIA Network+ exam (N10-006), a vendor-neutral certification for networking professionals. The training is focused on the configuration, management and troubleshooting of networks.
The course covers new content in the exam, including software defined networks (SDN), cloud and virtualization, physical and virtual network segmentation, wireless and mobile device management, support and security and digital forensics techniques.
WestconGroup Expands Cloud Portfolio
WestconGroup, a value-added global distributor, has announced its Comstor business practice has expanded its Cisco-powered cloud services offerings with the addition of QTS Realty Trust. The agreement provides North American resellers with QTS cloud services, specifically Cisco-powered infrastructure-as-a-service and FedRAMP-compliant cloud services solutions. QTS Enterprise Cloud and QTS Federal Cloud were launched in early 2014, and the QTS Federal Cloud achieved FedRAMP compliance in December 2014.
Arrow Adds StorMagic SvSAN
Arrow Electronics has inked a deal to distribute the StorMagic SvSAN virtual storage appliance to its solution providers in the United States and Canada. StorMagic is a provider of software-defined storage for virtual server environments. The StorMagic SvSAN solution targets small businesses or any enterprise remote location running critical applications on-site, without dedicated local IT resources.
Ramp Joins the Riverbed-Ready Tech Alliance Program
Ramp, a provider of next-generation video and search experiences for media, marketing and enterprises, has joined the Riverbed-Ready Technology Alliance program. The program framework enables partners to extend the Riverbed Application Performance Platform, while partners like Ramp leverage Riverbed's technologies and products to enhance their offerings to their customers. Partners have access to Riverbed open APIs and additional development tools to help with customization, integration and automation.