Omnitracs secures API-driven automation with Rubrik and VMware vRealize Orchestrator

Rubrik, a cloud data management company, announced Tuesday that it has been selected by fleet management company Omnitracs to protect and manage its data. Rubrik is delivering an API-first architecture and scalable data management solution, allowing Omnitracs to connect with VMware vRealize Orchestrator and accelerate digital transformation across its 98 percent virtualized environment.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Omnitracs pioneered commercial vehicle telematics 30 years ago. The company provides SaaS fleet management solutions, including real-time GPS tracking and delivery vehicle routing, to 12,000 companies in 70 countries.

After deploying the integrated Rubrik and VMware vRealize Orchestrator solution, Omnitracs has achieved 90 percent time management savings over its legacy solution, reducing the time spent on backups from 15 hours per week to less than one hour; and 55 percent hard cost savings by consolidating tape, backup software, and servers on to one software platform.

It also seamless integrates with AWS S3 using Rubrik’s API-first architecture, which allows Omnitracs to instantly archive to the cloud and free up valuable storage space on-premises; 89 percent data reduction due to its improved storage efficiency, with faster recovery time objective (RTO) from days with its previous legacy solution to minutes with Rubrik.

Prior to Rubrik, Omnitracs had been struggling with their tape-based legacy backup solution.

“Our previous solution had turned into a stale piece of software and o ered no technological advances. It was also client-based and demanded an agent on each machine for backups. As a small team, it was eating up time we couldn’t afford,” said Daniel Jenkins, IT Network Engineer at Omnitracs. “Moreover, its inability to integrate with other systems and automate processes was quickly becoming a bottleneck as it couldn’t scale with our growing requirements. We needed a solution that could catch us up to where we should’ve been.”

Omnitracs is undergoing a major digital transformation, automating many manual processes to free up valuable time and resources. Previously, the organization had struggled with a labor-intensive, tape-based legacy backup solution that couldn’t integrate with other systems. Omnitracs turned to Rubrik for its simple and scalable data management solution and API-first architecture.

Omnitracs is leveraging Rubrik’s RESTful APIs with VMware vRealize Orchestrator to take on-demand snapshots that are archived to AWS. By adding workflows into VMware vRealize Orchestrator, the team is able to further automate the backup process by enabling the appropriate service level agreement (SLA) to be assigned, saving time and manual intervention.

Additionally, on the back end, the team is able to automate the process of creating and deleting virtual machines (VMs) before archiving to AWS, all through Rubrik’s connection to VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

“As a lean team, we don’t have time to waste on babysitting backups,” said Jenkins. “That’s why Rubrik is a big win for us. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it solution. We’re able to automate our workflows, something that wasn’t possible with our previous solution. And I was blown away by how easy it is to use Rubrik’s REST APIs.”

“We’re thrilled to be a part of Omnitracs’ digital transformation journey,” said Arvind Nithrakashyap, co-founder and chief technology officer at Rubrik. “As Omnitracs builds their next-generation network, they need a cutting-edge solution that can keep up with its data growth. With Rubrik’s infinitely scalable architecture, Omnitracs plans to grow the number of protected VMs by 400% over the next year.”

“Rubrik Cloud Data Management delivers a simple API-driven solution to the complex data management challenges faced by all growing IT organizations today,” said Purnima Padmanabhan, vice president of product management, Cloud Management, VMware. “Using an API-first approach from VMware vRealize Suite and Rubrik, Omnitracs has been able to improve operational management and IT agility by automating data services from request to delivery.”


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