Rubrik has been granted a patent for a method of consolidating snapshots by comparing data parts of separate snapshots stored in backup files, determining overlaps, and hard linking data parts to create a new snapshot. This innovative process streamlines data storage and backup management. GlobalData’s report on Rubrik gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Rubrik, Cloud computing disaster recovery was a key innovation area identified from patents. Rubrik's grant share as of January 2024 was 64%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Consolidating snapshots in backup files

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Rubrik Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11886226B2) outlines a method for consolidating snapshots stored in backup files organized as directories. The method involves receiving a request to consolidate two snapshots into a third snapshot, comparing the data parts of the snapshots to identify overlaps, and hard linking overlapping data parts into the third snapshot. The process includes handling fully overlapping data parts and partially overlapping data parts by regenerating a new snapshot data part. The method also addresses scenarios where there are no corresponding data parts in one of the snapshots, ensuring comprehensive consolidation of the snapshots.

Furthermore, the patent extends to a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium and a computing apparatus configured to execute the consolidation method. The computing apparatus includes a processor and memory storing instructions for consolidating snapshots by comparing data parts, identifying overlaps, and storing the consolidated snapshot in a backup file. The apparatus is designed to handle various scenarios of data part overlaps, ensuring efficient and effective consolidation of incremental snapshots. The patent emphasizes the logical organization of data parts within backup files, utilizing indices and manifests to streamline the consolidation process. Overall, the patent introduces a systematic approach to consolidating snapshots, enhancing data management and backup efficiency in computing systems.

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