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Zerto vs. Legacy DR Solutions

It is crucial to understand the fundamental differences between hypervisor-based replication and legacy (physical replication) technologies for replication when approaching disaster recovery solutions to use for enterprises. In Storcom’s Zerto deep-dive demo, learn more about:

  • Hypervisor-based replication
  • Old-school array-based replication
  • Host/guest-based products
  • Snapshot-based solutions

 

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A Comparison of Zerto vs. Current & Legacy BC/DR Technologies

Hypervisor-Based Replication Technology Comparison

Zerto’s innovative, hypervisor-based replication technology for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments delivers a true enterprise-class, yet fully virtual-aware, complete BC/DR solution for all virtualized applications that require protection.

Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) 5.0 is the only future-proof all-in-one replication and automation solution that makes disaster recovery simple and scalable. Maintain IT resilience as your infrastructure evolves with hypervisor-based replication of VM block-level changes, from any storage to any storage, between vSphere versions and cross-hypervisor. Use ZVR 5.0 on premise or replicate to over 300 different clouds, removing the need for a DR site altogether.

Features:

  • IT Resilience

Remove lock-in & evolve IT with storage & hypervisor-agnostic replication

  • Simplicity

Single disaster recovery solution for VMware vSphere & Microsoft Hyper-V

  • Hypervisor-based

Scale-out enterprise-class architecture, protect, recover & migrate thousands of VMs

  • Always-on

Data loss in seconds & continuous replication of VM block-level changes with no snapshots

  • Zerto Mobile

Securely monitor protection across multiple sites from anywhere anytime

  • One-To-Many

Simultaneously replicate VMs both locally and to multiple remote sites

  • Automation

Recover individual applications or entire sites in minutes with 1-click failback

  • Granularity

Rewind and recover VMs & applications from any point in time

  • File-Level

Restore files & folders from seconds before corruption, ransomware infection or deletion

  • Prove Compliance

No-impact failover testing and reporting to prove recovery in working hours, in minutes

  • REST API

Fully automate deployment & VM protection with easy to use ready-made examples

  • Future Proof

Replicate to over 300 different Zerto clouds including Azure, AWS & IBM

 

COMPARED TECHNOLOGIES

The compared solutions include:

  • Zerto Virtual Replication 5.0
  • Enterprise-class replication, recovery orchestration and automation
  • BC/DR technology
  • RecoverPoint for VMs v5.0 (RP4VM)
  • Hypervisor-based replication, CDP and recovery solution for
  • VMware BC/DR
  • Array Based Replication (ABR)
  • LUN replication between matching storage arrays with manual recovery and testing operations
  • Site Recovery Manager v6.5 (SRM)+ ABR
  • SRM v6.5 for VM orchestration and automation utilizing ABR for replication
  • SRM + vSphere Replication (VR)
  • SRM v6.5 utilizing vSphere Replication v6.5 for VM-level replication between vCenters
  • Veeam Replication v9.5
  • Replication using Veeam Backup & Replication v9 utilizing snapshots for VMware & Hyper-V
  • Double-Take
  • Replication and recovery solution using agents inside each VM to continuously replicate writes

Benefits of Zerto's IT Resilience Platform

The only all-in-one IT Resilience Platform, converging Disaster Recovery, Backup and Cloud Mobility in one simple, scalable platform.

  • Reduce cost and complexity of application migrations and data protection with Zerto’s unique platform utilizing Continuous Data Protection.
  • Orchestration built into the platform enables full automation of recovery and migration processes.
  • Analytics provides 24/7 infrastructure visibility and control, even across clouds.

Notable Information About Continuous Data Protection (CDP)

Continuous Data Protection (CDP) allows organizations to automatically capture and track data modifications, saving every version of user-created data locally or at a target repository. With little-to-no production overhead, incremental writes are replicated continuously and saved to a journal file. CDP’s change block tracking also allows users or administrators to restore data to any point in time with remarkable granularity.

 

Real-Time Block-Level Replication

CDP utilizes change-block tracking to constantly replicate data as it is written to storage. Because CDP is always-on, it offers considerably lower Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) than snapshot-based solutions – this means almost no data loss.

 

Snapshots vs. Continuous Data Protection

Continuous data replication allows organizations to replicate data as changes occur, delivering recovery intervals of mere seconds. Snapshots are scheduled rather than continuous, because of their impact on production, meaning recovery intervals of hours.

 

Journal-Based Any Point-In-Time Recovery

Journal-based recovery keeps a constant log of all the changes users make to applications and data. Because the changes are continuously written to the datastore, CDP delivers any point-in-time recoverability to within a specified time frame.

 

No Performance Impact

Storing multiple snapshots on replica VMs incurs a significant performance penalty when attempting to power on replica VMs. Zerto’s continuous data protection uses a journal to commit to a point in time selected for recovery, with no performance impact.

 

Enterprise Scalability

The journal can be placed on any datastore with maximum size limits and warnings – preventing the datastore from filling which would otherwise break replication. Using snapshots provides no way of controlling the total space used, so snapshot solutions are not scalable in terms of SLAs and efficiency.

 

Storage Savings

Because no snapshots are created, CDP typically uses just 15% of additional storage, resulting in dramatic savings and significant amounts of free space. Snapshot technologies require significant overhead on storage, often requiring an additional 20-30%.

How to Prevent Outages and Disruptions

 

 

With orchestration and automation built in, Zerto prepares your organization for all disruptions, whether they are planned maintenance or unplanned natural disasters.

 

 

The Real Cost of IT Outages and Disruptions

In today’s always-on organization, end-users and customers depend completely on IT infrastructures that are up and running 24/7. Yet despite datacenter advancements made over the last few years, many IT teams still face downtime that can last anywhere from a short period to days.

 

 

Handle Every IT Disruption—Both Planned and Unplanned

 

In today’s always-on world, end-users and customers expect IT infrastructures to work 24/7. Yet, as much as companies strive to avoid them, outages and disruptions are a part of IT life.

Many IT teams still face downtime that lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days—costing the organization hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of dollars. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Sure, disruptions happen, but Zerto can help you prepare for and manage them.

 

 

Continuous Data Protection

Continuous Data Protection (CDP) provides always on protection replacing traditional scheduling, helping you move or recover workloads to just seconds before any disruption.

 

 

Automate and Orchestrate Recovery

With no manual steps needed, you can rest assured your recovery is being handled in the background, down to the second.

 

 

Easy Failover Testing

With failover and failback in only three clicks, you can quickly and simply recover when you need to.

 

 

Lowest RTOs / RPOs in the Industry

Zerto’s CDP is hypervisor-based, helping you avoid the usual performance penalty associated with snapshot-based data protection.

How to Mitigate Downtime and Data Loss

Mitigate Downtime and Data Loss

 

Mitigate Downtime and Data Loss

Be prepared for any disruption, whether it’s caused by natural disasters, power outages, hardware failure, user errors, or cybersecurity issues.

 

Mitigate Risk and Always Meet Business SLAs

The business impact of downtime and data loss can be immense in today’s always-on, information-driven organizations. Ensure all your applications and data are fully protected.

 

Reduce Risk and Focus on Innovation

Businesses of all sizes depend on IT to drive strategic business initiatives. Stop spending time managing complex, legacy BC/DR solutions and allocate IT resources to operational efficiencies and digital transformation initiatives.

 

 

Reduce TCO and Maintain Protection

With converged disaster recovery and backup, you get everything for your data protection needs in one simple, scalable and easy to use platform.

 

Non-disruptive DR Testing

Simplify DR test exercises – test anytime during working hours with no impact to your production environment.

 

Industry Leading RTOs

Zerto’s unique continuous data protection lets you meet extremely aggressive service levels for data loss and downtime.

 

Native Heterogenous Support

Zerto works regardless of your underlying infrastructure, meaning you can mix and match storage, clouds, hypervisors, and database servers such as Microsoft SQL Servers.

How to Protect Your Business and Your Brand from Malware Attacks Like Ransomware

Protect Your Business And Your Brand From Ransomware

Protect Your Business and Your Brand from Malware Attacks Like Ransomware

Prevention of malware attacks isn’t always possible, but mitigating the threat certainly is. Zerto helps you quickly recover from cyber-attacks, such as ransomware, helping reduce disruptions to your business operations and ensure your organization achieves cyber-resilience.

 

 

Withstand a Cyber-attack With No Data Loss or Downtime

It’s not a matter of if, but when you get hit by Ransomware. Zerto’s fully automated failover and failback recovers corrupt applications and data within minutes of when the infection struck.

 

Don’t Let Ransomware Hold Your Data Hostage

Once your organization falls victim to a ransomware attack, files are locked down. And if your latest backup is from last night, last week, or, even last month, the questions become, “How much data can we stand to lose?” and, “What’s this going to cost the business?”

But with the Zerto IT Resilience Platform™ your systems are covered with minimal data loss and downtime after a ransomware attack. Zerto’s Continuous Data Protection (CDP) keeps your data protected in real time. In only a few clicks, your data is fully recovered with the granularity to recover to a point in time, precisely before the attack occurred. Additionally, Zerto’s journal-based recovery is flexible enough to recover only what you need: be it a few files, virtual machines, or an entire application stack.

 

 

It’s Time to Attack Your Ransomware Recovery Strategy

With the right data protection strategy in place, it is possible to greatly mitigate the impact of cyberattacks on your business, and respond effectively.

 

Ransomware? Recoverware. See Zerto in Action

Gain confidence that you can recover from a malicious attack in just minutes with Zerto.

 

Continuous Journal-based Protection

Zerto makes sure you always have a clean copy of data somewhere. Block-level replication protects your data while journals deliver point-in-time recovery with seconds of granularity.

 

Pinpoint Attacks with Zerto Analytics

Network reports within Zerto Analytics help you find unusual behavior in generated changes and to pinpoint the timeframe of malware attacks.

 

Use DR Testing to Ensure Success

Don’t leave things to chance. Test your recovery applications and data to ensure corruptions have been completely removed.

 

Experience Uninterrupted Performance During Attacks

See how a large insurance carrier uses Zerto to recover from ransomware, not once, but on several occasions.

 

Disaster Recovery and Backup in One Solution

 

 

Disaster Recovery and Backup in One Solution

 

It’s time to evolve your data protection strategy. Rewind, recover, and resume operations—all with one converged DR & Backup solution.

 

 

The Future of Backup: Continuous.

To handle the evolving demands of digital transformation, a backup strategy must feature continuous, journal-based protection. Here’s why…

 

More Resilient Together: Disaster Recovery + Backup from Zerto

Realizing the confidence that true IT Resilience brings has never been easier: Zerto’s replication software converges both disaster recovery and backup into one streamlined, comprehensive platform. Your organization can now experience the availability of Continuous Data Protection combined with the granularity of second-by-second Journal-Based Recovery—giving you the power to deliver the best customer experiences every time, all the time.

 

Continuous Data Protection

Protect against any disruption—planned or unplanned—and deliver an always-on customer experience featuring the lowest RPOs & RTOs in the industry.

 

Journal-Based Recovery

Rewind to any point in time—from the last 7 seconds to the last 7 years—all with nearly no data loss or downtime.

 

Zero Production Impact

With Zerto there are no snapshots, removing the performance impact on your production environment. Maintain 24/7 availability without compromising your performance.

 

Granularity within Seconds

Recover files, applications, VMs, or whole data centers to a checkpoint mere seconds before an IT disruption or disaster—including a ransomware attack.

No Vendor Lock-in

 

 

Storage and Hypervisor-Agnostic Replication and Migration

 

Zerto provides one simple platform to manage disaster recovery and backup independent of storage and hypervisor. Increase the utilization of already owned IT assets by utilizing Microsoft Hyper-V or public cloud for a target site while utilizing VMware for production. Easily migrate VMs from VMware vSphere to Microsoft Hyper-V, Azure or Amazon AWS.

 

 

 

How Does Zerto Eliminate Storage Vendor Lock-In?

SAN replication was once the standard for enterprise-class BC/DR – but it required that the same storage array make and model be matched at both the source and target. In 2011 Zerto launched hypervisor-based replication which is completely storage agnostic and can replicate from any storage brand or technology to any other.

 

 

Save Considerable Cost by Replicating in the Hypervisor

Replication technologies once required organizations to purchase two of every storage arrays for each new project, upgrade or refresh. This removes flexibility, choice and increases cost. Worse still, the actual storage space used by configuring SAN replication requires significant reserve which wastes space in both storage arrays by consuming 30% or more. Zerto removes those issues altogether and requires only the overhead of one low-CPU VM per hypervisor.

 

 

Storage-Agnostic, Yes, but Hypervisor Agnostic, too?

Zerto’s industry-first hypervisor-agnostic platform enables replication across Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. With automatic conversion of the virtual machines (VMs) on the fly, users no longer must match the hypervisor between and data centers. This allows utilization of the hypervisor of choice based on workload, cost, performance and availability, rather than by technical limitation lock-in. Zerto will even let you use the same license across hypervisors.

 

 

Cloud “Translation” on the Fly

Zerto’s agnostic approach doesn’t stop at hypervisors, it also extends into the cloud. Move or recover any workload, to or from any cloud platform, without any manual conversion process required.

 

 

Make Use of Hyper-V, Azure Credits

With support for replication between different hypervisors, Zerto allows any combination of VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors based on the requirements of the workloads and data centers. Due to Microsoft licensing practices, Microsoft Hyper-V and Azure licenses & credits are generally already available to an organization with Microsoft assets, so they can be used with Zerto to maximize ROI.

Zerto Architecture Overview

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ARCHITECTURE OVERVIEW

 

 Zerto Component

 Description

Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM)

Central management interface for replication & recovery orchestration, deployed in a Windows VM, 1 per vCenter or SCVMM management server for redundancy

Virtual Replication Appliance (VRA)

Scale-out architecture of 1 VRA per hypervisor host utilizing 1 vCPU, 4GB RAM, 12GB disk & 1 IP for continuous VM block-level replication with no snapshots & no impact

Virtual Protection Group (VPG)

Multi-VM consistency grouping mechanism for consistent recovery of applications, supports VMs across hosts, clusters, storage, HA, vMotion & Storage vMotion

vDisk & Journal vDisk

Replica data stored as vDisks in target vSphere or Hyper-V environment with compressed journal vDisk for point-in-time recovery, average 7-10% additional space

VM-level Replication

Replicate over shared or dedicated port groups, VPNs & IP link, multi-site support, Direct Connect, VPN to VPC for AWS, VPN to Virtual Network or Express Route for Azure

Azure Zerto Cloud Appliance (ZCA)

Combination of a ZVM & VRA running in a Windows Azure D3 v2 VM, storing replica data in a storage account, with preconfigured recovery VMs only created when needed

AWS Zerto Cloud Appliance (ZCA)

Combination of a ZVM & VRA running in a Windows AWS m4.xlarge instance, storing replica data in a S3, with preconfigured recovery instances only created when needed

Disaster Recovery, Down to the Second

 

Continuous Data Protection (CDP) is the future of backup. By using journal-based technology to log all changes occurring within a specified time frame, CDP gives you any point-in-time recovery—down to the second—for the entire length of the journal.

Respond to Ransomware Attacks 

Minimize impact, rewind, and recover from any point in time.

 

One Simple Solution for DR and Backup

Storage + Journal + Continuous Replication = one simple platform

 

No Vendor Lock In 

An agnostic approach enables true mobility across competing platforms.

 

 

COMPARISON METHODOLOGY

To provide a meaningful comparison, the features required as part of a complete BC/DR solution have been separated into the following categories:

  • Architecture
  • Replication
  • Recovery & Automation
  • Cloud Readiness

 

How Does Zerto Stack Up Against the Competition?

 

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