Zerto - Replication and (Backup)
September 15, 2017

Zerto - Replication and (Backup)

David Yezersky | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Zerto Virtual Replication

Zerto addresses the need for replication and backup when array based replication is lacking or difficult to configure and use. It also replaces the VMware product SRM, which is costly and may not always be configured depending on the array(s) that a customer may have.
  • Zerto installs within minutes and depending on replication bandwidth can replicate entire VM's irregardless of size.
  • A side benefit to Zerto is the product can retain between 14 and 30 days of backups for use at either production or DR site.
  • A feature of Zerto is it uses Hypervisor based replication via existing networks, which translates into no backend storage cycles or capacity wasted on array based replication and no extra networks needing to be created for separation of replication traffic, which speeds up the deployment of the software.
  • Zerto allows for a blend of DR related testing including failover/failback and bubble testing, without the need for extra storage capacity for journaling space. Some replication technologies need double and even triple the amount of replicated capacity to perform any testing.
  • Zerto is great for it's uses cases and has no real areas for improvement. It's GUI and internals are excellently worded to allow for ease of use. It's backup section is superbly orchestrated.
  • Zerto has positive impact on the overall business objectives because of it's costs are low and replication is near synchronous, to the point where business data is superbly protected with backup and replication.
Physical recoverpoint and virtual Recovperpoint for VMware are still very basic in their feature set. Physical recoverpoint requires months of planning, installation, configuration, before systems are replicated and then protected. There is no backup feature such as Zerto, which is an added benefit. And Zerto can be installed within minutes and not weeks/months from EMC. Recoverpoint for VMware only works with EMC related storage and still has a limited feature set. It has a multitude of restrictions and isn't nearly as refined as Zerto. Zerto is storage agnostic and operates on the VMware hypervisor layer (along with Hyper-V) and is an all around great solution.
Zerto is well suited for VMware shops that want/need replication without purchasing SRM. Zerto's cost is on a per VM basis, which can inhibit some applications, but there is no dependency on size, so a VM can be 1GB or 12TB, and still be licensed for backup and replication. Environments that have recoverpoint for EMC storage will like this tool, because of it's ease of use. Shops can allow VMware admins to manage the tool and thusly manage VMware failovers and failbacks. Zerto does work with Hyper-V as well, so they are covered by the major hypervisors.