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Zerto's hypervisor-based remote replication technology is different from any other DR technology - providing the granularity needed in complex enterprise infrastructures, without compromising on performance, simplicity of operation, scalability, reporting, mobility or flexibility. Purpose-built for tier-one applications deployed on a virtual infrastructure, Zerto's Virtual Replication is technology that combines near-continuous replication with block-level, application-consistent data protection across hosts and storage. Zerto replication separates the application from its physical constructs at the data-protection level. It is fully storage vendor and protocol agnostic, protecting data from any source to any target. Simple to install and intuitive to use, Zerto is ideally suited for both data centers and cloud infrastructure.

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License Category: License
License Qty: 100 virtual machines
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Brand: Zerto
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Zerto
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Zerto Virtual Replication

Category: Utilities
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Utilities - data recovery , Utilities - storage virtualization

Product Reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 15reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Review about Zerto Virtual Replication Valuable Features:After working with the product for about 6 months, the fact that you cannot only replicate virtual machines to another location, but the fact the you can group and configure various boot orders, with time delays is a valuable feature. There is also the ability to change the networking properties such ad the IP and MAC addresses, DNS entries, and other options.Improvements to My Organization:At this point we are not fully using the product for disaster recovery due to the fact we are not 100% virtualized. The hope is that within the next two years, it will greatly simplify our DR testing since there is a "failover test" option. This allows the systems to be brought up in an isolated bubble for testing. It will also allow all of the restores to be synchronized to the same time.Room for Improvement:The one area I see a need for improvement is supposedly on the road map for later this year, which is to be able to replicate to multiple locations.Use of Solution:6 monthsDeployment Issues:NoStability Issues:NoScalability Issues:NoCustomer Service:The account representative have always been helpful, even offering to get a product engineer on the phone to assist with configuration items if needed.Technical Support:I have only had to contact technical support once and in that issue they responded very quickly and had the issued resolved with an hour.Previous Solutions:There was a small RecoverPoint with SRM configuration, but it was difficult to manage and keep updated.Initial Setup:The deployment was very straight forward. A small plugin called a VRA is installed on each host. This keeps track of the virtual machines. Then, there is a dedicated virtual machine that runs the Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM). This is provides the web management interface and monitors the VRA's. This is also where all configuration and updates are performed. The menus do a great job in guiding you through the configuration of the protection groups.Implementation Team:The deployment was done in-house with the assistance of an implementation engineer over a web session.ROI:An exact dollar ROI has not been calculated. The largest gain will be seen in man hours used for DR testing as well as the management of backups and recovery. This will turn what is now a very manual process into a fully automated recovery.Cost and Licensing Advice:If you are planning on using this with a hyper-converged appliance running anything other than VMware, you may want to verify compatibility. On many of them, they are only compatible with VMware running, although they are adding other hypervisors. At the time of this writing, according to Zerto, they are not compatible with Simplivity at all.Other Solutions Considered:NoOther Advice:NoDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 30, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Allows us to to replicate our critical application servers with a sub 5 min RPO. Improvements to My Organization:Zerto allow us to to replicate our critical application servers with a sub 5 min RPO. Before Zerto we would restore from tape backup.Also, the testing recovery in an isolated environment allows us to test recovery any time we need to.Room for Improvement:I would like to have automated load balancing of the ZVM's at the target site.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. August 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to operate and very dependable. Valuable Features:Zerto is packed full of useful features. The main feature is easy to manage, you will not need to be in Zerto day to day as it runs flawless.Zerto has a plugin to integrate seamlessly into VMware VSphere tab.I would highlight is the fact Zerto was used to migrate all of our VMs from one data center to another data center (two different physical locations) when we upgraded to new hardware. The migration was a breeze.My second valuable feature is being able to click just a few points in the program to initiate a test vm recovery at our DR location. After testing, all test VMs are deleted along with the data. This is automated, you do not need to interact with deleting VMs.In Zerto depending on your hardware and internet connection between your production site and DR site you can expect an RPO of 15 seconds.As of the summer 2016, Zerto just created an extremely fast way to recover files from their journal. Instead of going to our long term backup program and taking a half hour or longer to find a file, Zerto is getting me the file in 4min. This is making my life easier and keeping users happy.Improvements to My Organization:Zerto was able to use an EMC PROD SAN, and a HP DR SAN with no issues or compatibility problems which allowed us to avoid buying expensive hardware for a DR site.Zerto has allowed us to feel comfortable our data is being replicated, and the data is not corrupted.Room for Improvement:I would like to see Zerto come up with an emergency line for support. Support does get back to you quickly, but when your heart is racing because something happened the calmness of a pro on the other end would be helpful. The reports also need TLC, as I do not really find them helpful.With these two minor negatives the product and support are great and they get the job done. I am an extremely happy Zerto supporter.Use of Solution:Our company started with Zerto in January 2014, it is now August 2016 and we have tested Zerto thoroughly and only had to call support two or three times!Stability Issues:The only issue with stability was when I caused the issue by changing VM settings in the DR site. This was a great test for support, they took care of the issue quickly and got me back up and running.I consistently see 8-18 seconds RPO. We test DR by adding a file to a server, then 1minute later launching the test failover to a site that is 6 hours (drive time) away. The file will be there in the DR bubble.Scalability Issues:We added new VMs with no issues, the only issue to keep in mind is the more VMs you add, the more storage your DR needs.Customer Service:Outstanding! Pre-sale we had someone with Zerto actually come to our office and make sure this was the right choice for us. After we went live we had a few calls (initiated by Zerto) making sure we were happy and everything was running smooth. We still get periodic emails checking on us. I have not seen that with other companies.On the Zerto team, Jennifer and Ciana helping us in our times of need.Technical Support:AWESOME!Tech Support is all initiated by email, but then Zerto will call you if needed. This avoids phone cues. The person I talked to the two times I called in were awesome, they were very knowledgeable. Even though I caused one of the issues that needed fixed by support, they did not treat me with any disrespect even though I caused the issue. The tech did explain how to correctly do the tasks.Initial Setup:We had a very experienced consultant set us up.Other Advice:My advice for someone thinking about Zerto is to do the trial run that Zerto offers, you will be impressed. If you are looking to get RPO's of 30seconds or less, Zerto can do it. I typically see 8-18 seconds RPO. Needless to say this depends greatly on your WAN link.I highly recommend going to Boston in 2017 and meeting the staff at Zertocon!Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. August 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Truly simple data replication. Valuable Features:ZVR is very simple to setup and administer. Out of the box it just works and allows me to set my replication source and destinations and nearly forget it. Our RPOs are generally 5 seconds on a replicated base of 4Tb so we have only a very small data loss in the event of needing to recover.Now that v4.5 has been released, I have the ability to recover individual files in the event of accidental deletion or even encryption by Ransomware. This ensures that data is easily recovered no matter when it is deleted, ensuring that files that have been created and deleted in the same day and prior to backup are recoverable easily.And, perhaps more importantly, out of the box ZVR allows me to test the failover whenever I want to verify that my systems can come up as expected.Use of Solution:I have been a user of Zerto Virtual Replication for 1 year.Technical Support:Technical Support at ZVR is very good. Any calls are promptly responded to and dealt with to resolution. The support personnel are very knowledgeable on the product.Initial Setup:Initial setup is very straight forward. You simply create a group and populate your machines into the group, select a destination and voila ZVR does the rest.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. August 12, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by The two key features for AssureStor are hypervisor based replication and the automation for failover, testing and failback. Valuable Features:The two key features for AssureStor are hypervisor based replication and the automation for failover, testing and failback.As a cloud service provider we are always looking at how we can reduce risk for our customers, the ability to provide a DR service that delivers RPO’s typically as low as 15 seconds, over relatively slow connections is fantastic. And as the replication is performed at the hypervisor level we can protect any virtual (VMware or Hyper-V) environment without worry about the storage layer. The automation element is also a crucial element as it ensures we do not have to spend lots of man hours in the event of a DR failover request, as well as streamlining the ability to test the DR environment without needing any down-time of the production environment. And finally add in the ability to automatically reverse replication once you have failed over allowing you to re-seed the production site and failback with minimal downtime and you have a great all-round DR solution.Improvements to My Organization:Before we took on Zerto our DRaaS offering was based on snapshot based backup’s with an automated restore process to our cloud hypervisors. This was a good service but we could only offer RPO’s as low as 1 hour and even then this was subject to caveats specifically around the size of the VM and how quickly we could ship the new data to our cloud platform. In addition, testing was much more cumbersome and meant a much higher number of hours had to be invested in every DR test, ultimately raising our costs. With Zerto in place we are now offering commercially sound services to small and large businesses without the worry of needing to invest in large numbers of staff to manage and perform testing, etc.Room for Improvement:Backup capability as it is limited and not as streamlined as it could be. At present Zerto delivers backup protection by making duplicate copies of VM disks to a defined storage location (but this is limited on the schedule and retention). In the latest version 4.5 this has now been extended with the capability to do object level recovery from the replicated VMs, the caveat here is that the retention period is limited to the journal retention (which is a maximum of 14 days). I would like to see a more integrated backup/retention capability in the solution allowing more flexible scheduling and unlimited retention with the capability to easily restore objects using the one Zerto web interface. The backup images should be able to be stored off-site, away from the main replication site, and easily be reintegrated in the main DR platform if needed for VM recovery of an old image.Use of Solution:I've been using it for 18 months. v4.5 for the last four weeks, and prior to that we ran v4.0 since our initial deployment.Deployment Issues:When we first deployed Zerto we didn’t understand some of the limitations around the built-in database (it uses SQLite). Whilst this would normally be fine for most small to medium deployments (the database is supported for up to 100 protected VMs and 4 sites), as a cloud provider we needed to have greater scalability. This is provided by using a full deployment of Microsoft SQL, thankfully Zerto have a tool that will migrate the SQLite DB into your Microsoft SQL server so the transfer is pain free, but I would make sure that anyone who is deploying in an environment that may have more than 100 VMs to deploy initially on Microsoft SQL. Another area to be aware of in scalability is not with Zerto itself but the demands it can put on the DR storage environment, you will be replicating all your VM disk writes as well as journaling and potentially adding more demand when testing (as the Zerto continues to replicate even when testing, which is great, but does hammer the storage).Stability Issues:We've had no issues with the performance.Scalability Issues:It's been able to scale for our needs.Technical Support:In one word, fantastic. When we evaluate a product one of the key areas we look at is the level of technical support we will get from the vendor. Bottom line IT systems have a habit of going wrong (one of the reasons I have had a job for the past 20 years), so once you accept that no system will be error-free, you need to know that if you do need help its available. We have had issues, bugs and questions and in every case we have been supported by the Zerto tech support team.Previous Solutions:Our DRaaS platform, prior to Zerto, was an extension of our Asigra Cloud Backup platform. Whilst this worked it could not deliver the low RPOs we now see with Zerto nor the efficiencies we see from Zerto in managing day-to-day tasks on the platform such as validation, failover tests (and on the odd occasions actual live failovers). Our choice with Zerto was based on our own piece of mind, we protect a variety of end-users so never failing them (i.e. never failing to replicate their VMs and know we can spin them up when needed) was crucial, Zerto has delivered this for us.Initial Setup:Our deployment was fairly complex, but then we had to deploy a platform capable of multi-tenant support with complex networking and integration with vCloud Director so that customers could access their DR systems via a secure web interface. If you are deploying a site-to-site solution then deployment is very straightforward. Each site requires a Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) which is deployed upon Windows, this will then integrate with your vCenter servers at each site. From here it’s a few button clicks to deploy the Virtual Replication Appliance/s (VRAs) which are small Linux systems bound to each host that handle the ‘smart’ features of Zerto Replication, linking the site and your off.Implementation Team:Deployment was performed using in-house resources. The most important bit of advice I can offer to anyone considering implementing Zerto is understand your storage requirements at the production site and then decide on what levels of performance are acceptable. If you want to have low RPOs (seconds) then remember that you will be replicating all of your production writes into the DR storage device. And as initially these writes are put into the journal datastore and then read out after the defined retention period and written to the actual storage datastore be careful not to overload your DR SAN. As an example we deploy using separate SANs for journals and customer storage, with larger customers getting dedicated storage designed to accommodate their traffic patterns.Cost and Licensing Advice:As a Zerto Cloud Service Provider (CSP) our licence model is different to end-users who can purchase the licence on a perpetual basis. For us the ROI was under 6 months, but we already had a large portion of the hypervisor and storage environment needed so were able to keep our costs to a minimum.Other Advice:Zerto, in my opinion, is one of the best DR products on the market currently, its only flaw (if it can be called that) is that it is limited to virtual environments, specifically VMware & Hyper-V (it does also support replication to AWS if needed). If you are looking to streamline your DR capability and remove risk then speak to Zerto and get them to run you through a demo, what they say the product can do is not sales talk, it really can do it.Zerto DashboardFailover WizardRecovery Checkpoints (Journal)Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We're partners. May 26, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by We're able to replicate entire systems between data centers instead of setting up replication within the applications. Valuable Features:Replication for disaster recovery between data centers is valuable.Improvements to My Organization:Zerto allows us to replicate entire systems between data centers instead of setting up replication within the applications, which sometimes is non-existent.Room for Improvement:The backup capabilities require too much disk space and I would like to see better compression. or deduplication built in to reduce the amount of WAN traffic. It would also be nice to have it be able to monitor a VM to let you know how much bandwidth a particular VM would require to replicate.Use of Solution:I've been using it for nine months.Deployment Issues:We have had no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:There have been no performance issues.Scalability Issues:Scalability is all about bandwidth, so the only issue we had was trying to guess how much bandwidth we would need.Technical Support:Technical support is good.Previous Solutions:We used point solutions for our disaster recovery needs and we were very selective about the applications we would setup with disaster recovery due to costs.Initial Setup:The Zerto setup is very easy. The difficult task is setting up any processes that need to be run after a failover.Implementation Team:This was all setup in house.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 21, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by We like the replication at the hypervisor level. Valuable Features:Replication at the hypervisor level. We’re a cloud Service Provider, and any solution relying on a specific storage vendor's functionality is a show stopper for us.Improvements to My Organization:We can set up Disaster Recovery environments for our customers in a matter of minutes.Room for Improvement:I hope that in the future the product will offer integrated encryption functionalities, so that the VPN setup between protected and protection site can become optional.Use of Solution:I've been using it for four years.Deployment Issues:Assuming that you comply with the minimum requirements specified in their documentation, there should be no problems with deployment which is very straightforward.Stability Issues:We have never encountered problems with the stability.Scalability Issues:Zerto scales very well.Initial Setup:Very straightforward and simple setup.Implementation Team:We always do the implementation in-house for our customers. The vendor always kindly provides one of their engineers to perform a post-installation check.Cost and Licensing Advice:We sell on a per-use basis and pay using the same model.Other Solutions Considered:When we started using the product, it was pretty unique. Since then, we have evaluated some competitors but still there’s no match.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We’re a partner in the Service Provider’s program May 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by It's HW agnostic, with no impact on production systems, but backup dedup and online restore need improvement. Valuable Features:HW agnostic, no impact on production systems, no snapshot, easy management.Version 4.0 is revolutionary, allowing replication between VMware, Hyper-V and AWS - conversion on the fly, and a a HTML5 GUIVersion 4.5 allows file restore, access based on roles, more powerful APIs.Improvements to My Organization:We dismissed SRM and we no longer need the NetApp replication license. We were able to offer a DRaaS multitenant environment integrated with vCloud Director. Our customers think this tool is awesome.Room for Improvement:Backup dedup and online restore, support for SMTP authentication.Use of Solution:4 yearsDeployment Issues:Just in case of strict permission, we needed several ports to be opened. English language of OS for ZVM is needed, otherwise there's a bug showing some of the graphs.Stability Issues:Sometimes in large environments - enough to restart the service in ZVM.Scalability Issues:No because it scales with ESXi scale.This is a strong pro.Customer Service:Very very great, reactive answers in minutes and they don't leave you until the issue is resolved.Technical Support:Great too - If the first level is unable to solve the issue, it scales to higher-level engineers on the fly.Previous Solutions:SRM, but it needeed replication and it was complex to manage.Initial Setup:Smooth and Zerto techs assisted.Implementation Team:It was direct.Cost and Licensing Advice:We only got SP licensing prices/model.Other Solutions Considered:No, we had to decide if leaving SRM or not. Choice was simple.Other Advice:There are other competitor on the market, but this is the only one dedicated to DR. All others are backup based. It could seems expensive, but when you realize its power, you'll understand that cost is justified.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 4, 2016
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