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Zerto replication upgrade features faster AWS recovery

Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5 increases disaster recovery capabilities in AWS and Microsoft Azure. The BCDR vendor also introduces a real-time analytics platform.

Zerto replication software added faster recovery in Amazon Web Services in its latest version as part of its plan for tighter integration with the market-leading public cloud.

With Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5, the DR software vendor promises its recovery in Amazon Web Services (AWS) will be three to five times faster than before. Recovery will typically take around 15 minutes, said Rob Strechay, senior vice president of product at Boston-based Zerto.

"It makes Amazon a much more viable recovery place," Strechay said.

Strechay said Zerto uses its own intellectual property to improve recovery time objectives with AWS. Previous versions of Zerto Virtual Replication used official AWS APIs, which led to higher recovery time objectives.

Rob Strechay, Zerto senior vice president of productRob Strechay

Zerto has a goal of featuring replication out of AWS by next year. The vendor offers that failback capability out of Microsoft Azure in Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5, as previewed at ZertoCON in May.

Customers can fail back from Azure to another cloud target for data protection in a hybrid cloud. Since Zerto replication to Azure launched in November 2016, the vendor has received requests for the failback capability, which it now offers in partnership with Microsoft, Strechay said.

The business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) vendor also expanded support to AWS regions in Canada, Ohio, London and Mumbai, India.

Manufacturer scores with Zerto BCDR

It makes Amazon a much more viable recovery place.
Rob StrechayZerto's senior vice president of product, on Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5

Logo Brands, a manufacturer of licensed sports goods in Franklin, Tenn., has used Zerto Virtual Replication for AWS for approximately two years after switching from Veeam Software. IT manager Tim Tweten said although he was happy with Veeam, Logo Brands switched because Zerto offered more business continuity in addition to disaster recovery.

Tweten said he likes how easy it is to fail over to AWS and, if necessary, leave a server running there. Though the company has not needed to recover any data yet, it has performed successful failover testing. Tweten said failback from AWS would be helpful.

The manufacturer sells items with team logos -- such as chairs, tables and bags -- for about 600 teams, including professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey clubs. It protects up to 7 TB through the Zerto replication product.

"Of all the software products we use, it's probably easiest to manage [and] the easiest to trust that it's working," Tweten said of Virtual Replication. "It took a burden off of our backs."

Zerto upgrades upgrade system, adds support

The Zerto replication upgrade became generally available Tuesday. Zerto claims about 5,000 customers.

The vendor has enhanced the upgrade process, making it more automatic and less error-prone, Strechay said. There is one upgrade process for all Zerto Virtual Replication components.

The process is not quite at the "push-button" level, but that's a goal, Strechay said.

Other updates include:

  • Zerto Analytics, which provides real-time and historical information on the status of multisite, multicloud environments;
  • The Zerto Mobile Widget, which enables access to an environment's health statistics without opening the full application; and
  • Support for vCenter 6.5, Hyper-V 2016 and SCVMM 2016.

Strechay said Zerto's biggest advantage over legacy DR is its embrace of the cloud.

The Enterprise Cloud Edition of Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5 is priced at $985 per virtual machine.

Zerto has two software releases planned for 2018. Strechay said the vendor will continue to improve the simplicity of Zerto replication and focus on IT resiliency versus disaster recovery capabilities.

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