Zerto this week introduced the latest version of Zerto Virtual Replication 3.0, which the company says offers enhanced support for remote and branch offices, new disaster recovery testing functionality, and "parallel recovery" for application availability.
Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) is a hardware-agnostic, hypervisor-based replication product that can replicate from any type of storage to any type of storage for disaster recovery (DR). This allows organizations to purchase less expensive storage or repurpose an existing system for use as a DR target. The product uses continuous replication to copy data, and is designed to automate the failover and failback process.
According to Zerto, Version 3.0 extends support to remote and branch offices (ROBOs) or environments, and allows DR for remote sites to be managed by a single instance of vCenter. Also, the company says that the product's new "test before you commit" function allows users to test a specific failover point before committing it, to ensure that failover will be successful.
ZVR 3.0 also offers a number of updates for cloud service providers. Two of its new components for cloud service providers include the Zerto Self-Service Portal (ZSSP) and the Zerto Cloud Manager (ZCM). The company says that ZSSP integrates quickly into a cloud service provider's portal, which can speed time to market for DR services; and that ZCM provides a single view of a customer's data across physical resources spread among several locations. ZVR 3.0 also offers vCloud 5.1 integration, with native support for vApps, Storage Profiles, Org Networks and Provider vDC, and integration with VMware vCloud Automation Center, or vCAC. Service providers in the Zerto Cloud Disaster Recovery Ecosystem include iland, Peak 10, Bluelock, BT Engage IT and Verizon Terremark.
"What's interesting in this release is the support for [the] ability to test your [high availability, business continuity, disaster recovery and data protection] before actually committing. That's great for validation and compliance, as well as training purposes," said Greg Schulz, founder of the Server and StorageIO Group. "And standardized protection of data and applications from data center to ROBOs and small offices or workgroups breaks down barriers and removes complexity."
According to the results of Storage magazine's latest Purchasing Intentions Survey, companies are still approaching cloud storage with caution, but 12% of respondents said they currently use the cloud for disaster recovery.