Rubrik unboxing and hardware details

Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Hardware | 2 comments

A recent entrant into the data protection market is Rubrik. You can find out more about Rubrik and their background here. You can also learn a little more about Rubrik from a post that Eric Shanks just published following his visit to Virtulization Field Day. I was recently presented with the opportunity to install one of their brik’s into a lab environment to get some hands-on time with the product. I already have a list of follow-on blog posts planned. I’m not going to dive into how it all works in this post, I’ll save that for one of the other ones. Once the brik was racked and cabled it really did only take about 15 minutes for the total install process to complete, and I immediately configured my first VM for protection. Kudos to Rubrik on delivering on that fast install process.

The first picture is of the front of the Rubrik brik with the bezel on. You may have noticed this is not the nice white looking one currently being shown on their website. I was told that this is the original face place and would be replaced when others become available. The chassis that Rubrik is using, is a Supermicro that contains 4 server nodes. On the front mounting flange on each side there is a pair of power buttons and lights that match to each of the nodes.



The next picture is the front of the brik with the bezel removed. This exposes 3 disk drives per node. The drives for each node are stacked vertically. The model that I was testing is the one currently available and each of these drives is a 4TB drive.



The next image is of the back of the brik that shows the four nodes. Each of the nodes is cabled up independently, much like a rack mount server. This is a standard Supermicro approach for this type of form factor, that is very popular with vendors. I am pointing out a few things to take note of. The #1 item is the IPMI port for out of band management, this port is also used by the nodes during the deployment process. The #2 point is showcasing a pair of on-board 1GbE connections that are not always needed, but could be used for management traffic if you wanted to segregate it. The #3 arrow is showing the pair of 10GbE connections that will be used for management and data traffic in this deployment. And lastly the #4 item is showing the pair of redundant power supplies, these are the only parts that all of the nodes share.



The next image shows one of the nodes that I have removed from the chassis. The #1 item that is pointed out is the flash drive (SSD) for this node. This SSD is used for several purposes that includes boot drive, Read/Write cache, Casandra database and metadata. The #2 is showing the single CPU for the node. My test unit has a single 8 core CPU, I was told that the current production model has a single 10 core CPU. The #3 & 4 points are showing the populated memory slots, there are also 4 additional memory slots that are not utilized. And lastly the #5 is showing the PCI 10GbE network card.



The following image is a rear view of one of the nodes while removed from the chassis. This provides a better view of the ports.



Next up is an inside shot of the memory sticks. There are 4x 16GB sticks in my test model, for a total of 64GB. This is the standard amount of memory in each node.



I took a picture of the top of one of the 4TB hard drives. They were all Seagate, not sure if that will be the only model used or they could change based on availability and time.



Next is a look at the Intel SSD drive. This was attached to the mainboard unlike other vendors using this type of chassis, typically use external drive bays. I like this approach, it allows Rubrik to utilize all the 3.5″ front bays for the large capacity drives. The SSD was an Intel S3700 model that was 400GB in size.



Last up in this section is Eric Chang, he was the engineer that came out to help with the install. Very helpful and smart guy, he mentioned that the bezel was the old version and may be a collectors edition soon. So I thought a picture was in order, it could end up on Ebay someday.



I will be writing and post more details about the install process and how to use other features at a later date.


About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design


  1. Nice start, now that we know they have a super micro box under the covers and a new bezel coming, it would be nice to understand what the purposes of each node are, what OSes or hypervisor they run, during the install do you configure all of them, usable space for backups, what the install is like, screenshots of the interface, what targets they support/or are they the backup and target.

    • Hello,

      Some great questions with a few of these answers still to come. They are both the backup software and target. They do not run a hypervisor, as their product is running bare metal on each of the nodes. Today they support only backing up from VMware as a hypervisor, with other hypervisors already promised on their roadmap.

      The install process is very simple, I already have a post written for this process, just waiting on their OK to publish. All of the nodes have the same purpose, they are part of a large scale out distributed system. So they are share the resrouces and handle the tasks in a distributed manor.


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