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Sneak peek: Zerto DR application detailed by vendor's VP of product

Coming in late 2016, a new application from Zerto will allow users to monitor their business continuity and disaster recovery state from a mobile device. In this video, Rob Strechay, Zerto's vice president of product, details what the product can do and what to expect in future versions.

The software as a service-based application does not require a VPN. Zerto DR customers can receive alerts and check actions such as replication. The app is read-only at the moment, but customers are already weighing in on other possible uses, as Strechay describes in the video from the inaugural ZertoCON in Boston last week.

The Zerto DR app was one element of Strechay's briefing to convention attendees on what's to come from the vendor in its next Virtual Replication release, currently labeled Athena.

The new product will also provide support for replication into the Microsoft Azure cloud. Zerto currently offers replication to the Amazon Web Services cloud.

With the One-to-Many feature, Zerto DR customers can replicate from a single site to multiple targets, both locally and in the cloud. Use cases include having local and remote copies, maintaining protection during migration, and using the cloud for longer retention and disaster recovery, according to the vendor.

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Transcript - Sneak peek: Zerto DR application detailed by vendor's VP of product

Editor's note: The following is a transcript of a video clip of site editor Paul Crocetti's discussion with Rob Strechay, Zerto's vice president of product. The transcript has been edited for clarity.

Strechay: We're announcing our mobile app. It's a SaaS-based app that brings our Zerto Virtual Replication product into everybody's hands. It's kind of "Zerto anywhere," including features such as customer dashboards, alerting and our Virtual Protection Group, so you understand your state of replication and your business continuity stance across your environment.

We've received some great feedback over the course of ZertoCON in the first two days. Some of the feedback is that customers are looking for more reporting, and they're looking for more push alerts and push notifications, which are planned for future releases. Part of the reason we created the app and made it SaaS-based was that we wanted disaster recovery professionals to be able to take Zerto with them anywhere -- without having to use a VPN -- and to understand that if they kick off a task, it's running, it's succeeding and they know they're in a safe position.

A lot of what we'll be doing in the future is to leverage that SaaS back end to allow more features -- like reporting and analytics -- to empower the DR professional to do a better job, making sure they are on target and on cost with their DR and backup and recovery.

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What would you like to see Zerto add to its BC/DR app?
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Better device/protocol support, integration, and scalability of the backup option with data deduplication appliances, e.g. Data Domain, Avamar, etc.

Workable AD-based role-based security model for enterprise use, enabling VPG management and action with granularity to the VPG level.

Fan-Out replication support for local database recovery

Fan-in replication support for hub-and-spoke architectures enabling 1 of N recovery via oversubscription.

Option of using a deduplication device for primary VPG data store, and rehydration onto primary storage at time of need for lower priority applications support and a lower cost solution. (NB - still need the same number of Zerto licenses, just less recovery-site compute and storage)

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Thank you for the comments. We should find out more about the app soon, as GA for Zerto Virtual Replication 5.0 is expected by the end of the year.

http://www.zerto.com/blog/press-releases/announcing-zerto-virtual-replication-5-0-enterprise-class-disaster-recovery-built-on-microsoft-azure/

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So, what is their exit strategy? Is the company public or private? Does it plan to go public, get bought, or what? How much VC money have they gotten?
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Here's a story on Zerto's latest funding round:

http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/blog/Storage-Soup/Zerto-disaster-recovery-products-get-boost-with-20M-investment

As of that story, the company had raised& $130 million in total financing.
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