About Me

My name is Rasheed. Well, name really is Abdul Rasheed, but Abdul is more like a prefix than a first name. Call me Rasheed!

Director of Product Strategy at Rubrik. My statements and opinions on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.

Geeky at heart with a bunch of technical certifications: VMware Certified Professional on vSphere, Symantec Certified Product Specialist on NetBackup for UNIX, Symantec Certified Product Specialist on NetBackup for Windows, VERITAS Certified Professional for NetBackup, VERITAS Certified Professional for Storage Foundation UNIX, Sun Certified System Administrator for Solaris, IBM eServer Certified Specialist for pSeries AIX and so on.

Find me at Twitter, I am @AbdulRasheed127


4 thoughts on “About Me

  • November 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    It’s great to see you taking your engineering expertise to the blogs. As a marketer and engineer you have a particularly valuable perspective on the backup market that I look forward to following. It’s an interesting time in the backup space.

    There is high growth in the market and that encourages a lot of new competitors. And, as the leader Symantec finds itself in a unique position, the position of wearing the target. The startups seek to reach Symantec customers by publishing reports directly comparing themselves to Symantec. No less than 5 vendors have published reports claiming their own special “leader status” vs. Symantec . I take pride in the fact that Symantec NetBackup and Backup Exec are the solutions all of these backup vendors consistently compare themselves to. And, our upcoming launches of NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 launches will no doubt kick off a flurry of additional marketing spend by vendors who seek more to compare themselves to Symantec than they do to focus on solving the real challenges in backup.

    For example: OpenBench Labs was commissioned by Symantec in 2009 to create a best practices doc on protecting Virtual Machines. That’s a value add for the virtualization community at large and probably does more to advance the virtualization movement more than 5 or 6th reports comparing vendors. Combined.
    Sure, there is a place for those reports and they serve to highlight the value of your product over another and vendors like Tolly and OpenBench add value to the technology ecosystem. But, these documents are but a tool in the arsenal of a person making a decision regarding what technology is the right fit for your environment. After all, no vendor ever published a comparison document they didn’t win.

    Wait. Wait. Backup it up!

    Your title makes me think of a project a friend of mine is leading to establish a peer review layer for the internet to check, verify and critique content all over the Web.

    I view your blog and the conversations it engages as an example of the type of knowledge sharing and peer review that can and does happen online everyday. But it is also a budding part of what will evolve into something much larger eventually. Check Dan Waley’s video. http://vimeo.com/29633009

    It’s am ambitious project with high social value and it portends to a future where transparency and social media and the internet come together to create better information. In the meantime, keep up the great work, spark the conversation and contribute your deep expertise in this area . There are few engineers who know backup as well as you and there are few marketers who know engineering as you do. It’s a unique skillset and one that might be a high value part of the future of information sharing on the internet if Dan is successful with Hypothes.is.

    If you are interested, check out Hypothes.is. Tonight they are celebrating meeting their funding goals to get the project started here in SF.


    Those of us at Symantec will stay laser focused on building the best backup products possible. For as long as we are successful in that, the market will continue the comparisons.

    Sean Regan
    I work @Symantec

  • November 22, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I really appreciate what you’re posting here. Keep working that way. Take care!

  • March 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Hi, Just found this site and haven’t dived in yet, but I will get there. I”m tasked with an in-house DR project and am trying to decide between vranger, veam, storagecraft, native VMware replication as well as whether or not to use a Deducplation appliance and how much this is all going to cost. This looks like it would help a lot.
    Thanks so much in advance.


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