Visiting the 1st German Zerto CON Event Frankfurt @ antique car city

Surrounded by hundreds of impressive antique cars in Frankfurt, Zerto’s first ZertoCON event took place yesterday in the outstanding “antique car city” venue.
The day of the conference covered the general announcement of Zerto’s Version 5.0 virtual replication product. The event was accompanied by a guest presentation of Dr. Jens Bücking, who gave a short introduction to the new IT security law in Germany and two customer case studies on Zerto.

Keynote introduction of Zerto Zerto Porsche ancient car img_9409

What are Zerto products all about?

If you haven’t heard about Zerto so far, let me give a short overview what’s their approach. Zerto has been founded in 2009 and focuses on disaster recovery for virtualized infrastructure and the cloud. In 2011 their first product, “Zerto Virtual Replication” has been launched. Starting with a disaster recovery solution their product has now has evolved quite a lot. However, Zerto’s focus has shifted from a pure disaster recovery to a business continuity approach, that includes disaster recovery as well as disaster recovery a service (DRaaS) on aws and Azure and a hypervisor-agnostic replication.

Zerto management GUI

However, the key feature of Zerto is its industry outstanding RPO (“Recovery point objective”) that goes as low as just a few seconds. I have seen Zerto’s capabilities on that quite often and was truly impressed every time. We will report about our own Zerto test lab environment and the setup configuration in a dedicated blog series next year.

Zerto’s technique for disaster recovery is unique in many different ways. First, Zerto’s solution is a hypervisor-based solution. Therefore, it can handle specific SLAs for VMs and is more granular compared to a storage array-basedsolution that handles LUNs. Second, Zerto uses a continuous replication technique instead of snapshots. This enables the impressive RPO time and results in better WAN replication performance.

General Announcement: Zerto 5.0 Virtual Replication What’s new?

With the latest release of 5.0, Zerto evolves beyond their initial approach of disaster recovery, by offering organizations to recover from logical failures, file deletions, data corruptions and disasters.
One of the latest features is the possibility to support Disaster-recovery-as-a service (DRaaS) to Microsoft Azure and the 1:m replication and increase of retention time that are being discussed in the sections below.

Diagramm of the Zerto Azure Architecture

Zerto Azure Architecture

One-to-Many replication (1:m) replication

Version 5.0 now includes the possibility to simultaneously replicate a VM within the same site and to multiple sites. This includes a replication from, between and to VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments including DRaaS to AWS & Azure.

Now journaling with 30 days of retention time

Compared to the previous version, Zerto now allows more than twice of the retention time with an increase from 14-days to 30.

Zerto Mobile SaaS Monitoring

With Version 5.0, Zerto now offers a SaaS mobile app to remotely view the status of multiple zerto Virtual Managers, Virtual Protection groups and any alerts of running tasks from anywhere at any time. The SaaS is constructed to offer VPN-free access and uses an encrypted cloud service and database back-end. The access to the app itself can be limited to specific employees requiring access to the app. Currently, the app is available on iOS and Android and offers a read-only and monitoring service to the current state. Future implementations will probably enable users also to carry out management tasks and the integration of predictive analysis.

zerto-saas-mobile-1 Showing the GUI of Zerto's SaaS Mobile app

Summary: Feature List

1:m replication Simultaneous replication of VMs both locally and to multiple remote sites
IT resilience Storage & hypervisor agnostic replication
Simplicity Single administration and setup console for vSphere & HyperV
Hypervisor-based Scale out architecture
Always-on Continuous replication, agentless and on block-level VM basis without snapshots
Automation Recovery of sites by 1-click
Granularity Retention time with up to 30 days
File-level File level restore from seconds before corruption, ransomware infection of deletion
Proof compliance No-impact failover testing and reporting to prove recovery in working hours in minutes
REST API Fully automate deployment & VM protection
Future Proof Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) to Azure, AWS, or Cloud providers


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