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IDC Technology Spotlight - Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform
This spotlight IDC Technology highlights IT professionals facing aggressive service level and low budgets, Learn how Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform helps resolve this issue.

A recent IDC survey of small and medium-sized business (SMB) users revealed that 67% have a recovery time requirement of less than four hours, and 31% have a recovery time requirement of less than two hours. Additionally, IDC estimates that as many as half of all organizations have insufficient business continuity and disaster recovery plans to meet business requirements, or to even survive a disaster.

Although business continuity is perhaps the top use case for cloud computing, simply focusing on this one use limits the broad potential of cloud, especially in a hybrid cloud context.

Technology Comparison: Disaster Recovery Solutions
Deep-dive comparison of disaster recovery solutions - differences between Zerto's hypervisor-based replication and array-based replication (with VMWare SRM)

Zerto’s innovative, hypervisor-based replication is a technology developed to provide a true enterprise class, yet fully virtual-aware disaster recovery solution, to protect virtualized, mission-critical applications. This document outlines the fundamental differences between Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication and other current and legacy technologies.

Compared Technologies

The current and legacy disaster recovery solutions compared in this document include:

• Zerto Hypervisor-based Replication

• Array-based Replication with and without SRM

• Host / Guest-based Replication

• Snapshot-based Replication

• VMware Site Recovery Manager with vSphere Replication

Discover Cross-Hypervisor Replication with Zerto
Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) is the first hypervisor-based replication solution to offer enterprise-class cross-hypervisor replication, disaster recovery, data protection and workload mobility. With ZVR 4.0, IT departments can automatically convert Hyper-V VMs to VMware, convert VMware VMs to Hyper- V, and convert Hyper-V to AWS for increased flexibility and cost savings.
Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) is the first hypervisor-based replication solution to offer enterprise-class cross-hypervisor replication, disaster recovery, data protection and workload mobility. With ZVR 4.0, IT departments can automatically convert Hyper-V VMs to VMware, convert VMware VMs to Hyper- V, and convert Hyper-V to AWS for increased flexibility and cost savings.
VMware Data Replication Done Right
Until now the most common data replication technologies and methods essential to mission-critical BC/DR initiatives have been tied to the physical environment. Although they do work in the virtual environment, they aren’t optimized for it.

Until now the most common data replication technologies and methods essential to mission-critical BC/DR initiatives have been tied to the physical environment. Although they do work in the virtual environment, they aren’t optimized for it. With the introduction of hypervisor-based replication, Zerto elevates BC/DR up the infrastructure stack where it belongs: in the virtualization layer.

Challenges:

  • If a data replication solution isn’t virtual-ready, management overhead could be more than doubled.
  • Customer data is always growing, so a company can find its information inventory expanding exponentially and not have a data replication solution to keep pace.
  • Some replication methods remain firmly tied to a single vendor and hardware platform, limiting the organization’s ability to get the best solutions – and service – at the best price.

Benefits of Hypervisor-Based Replication:

  • Granularity - The ability to replicate at the correct level of any virtual entity is critical. Zerto’s solution can replicate all virtual machines and all of the meta data as well.
  • Scalability - Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication solution is software-based so it can be deployed and managed easily, no matter how fast the infrastructure expands.
  • Hardware-agnostic - Zerto’s data replication is hardware-agnostic, supporting all storage arrays, so organizations can replicate from anything to anything. This allows users to mix storage technologies such as SAN & NAS, and virtual disk types such as RDM & VMFS.
Replication Software for the VMware ESXi Hypervisor
Zerto protects virtualized applications with the same robust and effective recovery previously available only with complex and expensive array based replication solutions.

Zerto protects virtualized applications with the same robust and effective recovery previously available only with complex and expensive array based replication solutions. With Zerto you get:

  •         Scalability
  •         Ease of management
  •         A Hardware agnostic solutions
Zerto Offsite Cloud Backup & Data Protection
Offsite Backup is a new paradigm in data protection that combines hypervisor-based replication with longer retention. This greatly simplifies data protection for IT organizations. The ability to leverage the data at the disaster recovery target site or in the cloud for VM backup eliminates the impact on production workloads.

Zerto Offsite Backup in the Cloud

What is Offsite Backup?

Offsite Backup is a new paradigm in data protection that combines hypervisor-based replication with longer retention. This greatly simplifies data protection for IT organizations. The ability to leverage the data at the disaster recovery target site or in the cloud for VM backup eliminates the impact on production workloads.

Why Cloud Backup?

  • Offsite Backup combines replication and long retention in a new way
  • The repository can be located in public cloud storage, a private cloud, or as part of a hybrid cloud solution.
  • Copies are saved on a daily, weekly and monthly schedule.
  • The data volumes and configuration information are included to allow VM backups to be restored on any compatible platform, cloud or otherwise.
Introducing Cloud Disaster Recovery
Can mission-critical apps really be protected in the cloud? Introducing: Cloud Disaster Recovery Today, enterprises of all sizes are virtualizing their mission-critical applications, either within their own data center, or with an external cloud vendor.

Can mission-critical apps really be protected in the cloud?

Introducing: Cloud Disaster Recovery

Today, enterprises of all sizes are virtualizing their mission-critical applications, either within their own data center, or with an external cloud vendor. One key driver is to leverage the flexibility and agility virtualization offers to increase availability, business continuity and disaster recovery.

With the cloud becoming more of an option, enterprises of all sizes are looking for the cloud, be it public, hybrid or private, to become part of their BC/DR solution. However, these options do not always exist. Virtualization has created the opportunity, but there is still a significant technology gap. Mission-critical applications can be effectively virtualized and managed; however, the corresponding data cannot be effectively protected in a cloud environment.

Additional Challenges for Enterprises with the Cloud:

  • Multi-tenancy
  • Data protection & mobility
  • Lack of centralized management

Solutions with Zerto Virtual Replication:

  • Seamless integration with no environment change
  • Multi-site support
  • Hardware-agnostic replications
Application Protection & Recovery for VMware
Protect Applications, Not Data. How-to Guide: Application Protection and Recovery for VMware

Protect Applications, Not Data

How-to Guide: Application Protection and Recovery for VMware

When organizations are considering a business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) solution, they need to look for a solution that not only protects and recovers the data, but also protects and recovers the application. Virtualized applications typically span multiple VMs and are more complex in terms of dependencies and infrastructure. They require recovery with write-order fidelity, something most replications solutions do not supply

Zerto Application Protection Features:

  • VM-level consistency grouping
  • Crash-consistent application recovery
  • Recovery of specific application objects
Backup is Not Replication - Backup VMware
Why Rely on Backup Shipping as Your VMware DR Solution? Some people think, if you want to protect data in your virtual VMware environment, your easiest solution is to backup VMware using snapshots or agents.

Why Rely on Backup Shipping as Your VMware DR Solution?

Some people think, if you want to protect data in your virtual VMware environment, your easiest solution is to backup VMware using snapshots or agents.  However, solutions like this, such as Veeam, can slow down your production environment, and they are difficult to scale.

However, many of us understand that backup is not disaster recovery. The right approach to a BC/DR solution is hypervisor-based replication.

With hypervisor-based replication you receive:

  • Continuous data replication
  • Recovery capabilities built specifically for VMware datacenters
  • Full consistency between and among all application components
  • Zerto’s Offsite Backup for VMware
The Technology Behind ServerCentral DRaaS
ServerCentral provides turn-key DRaaS for virtual environments.
While virtualization has been a game-changing technology, most organizations have yet to realize the benefits of this transition. The optimization of IT processes for these environments, including security, compliance, and business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR), continue to lag behind. To date, BC/DR has been the most difficult. There haven’t been any virtual-ready, easily adoptable remote replication solutions. Until now.
Virtual Machine Migration Checklist
Preparing for a virtualized infrastructure migration can be daunting, use the Zerto checklist to help you plan and execute your migration smoothly!
This checklist provides an overview to help plan a datacenter migration project and ensure accountability through each step including:
  • Communication: Maintain clear, and regular communication with everyone.
  • Scoping: Understand what makes up the application. Get rid of the unknowns to ensure nothing breaks.
  • Ownership and permissions: Who owns the server and application and who will test and validate pre and post migration?
  • Priority: Are there other projects in your way?
  • Organization: Checklists and spreadsheets: How are you tracking all of this?
  • Execution: How is the migration happening? How will the servers and data be moved?
  • Contingency: If something goes wrong, how do I back out and reschedule if necessary?
  • Tracking: Prepare for change. Track what changes need to occur on machines, applications, and infrastructure.
  • Data Hygiene: Cleanup the source environment
Zerto's Cloud Continuity Platform: Enabling the Hybrid Cloud
Download this white paper and learn more about Zerto's Cloud Continuity Platform for Hybrid Cloud IT - empowering you to move, translate, and migrate virtual worklaods between virtualized infrastructures with confidence and ease.
Hybrid Cloud is rapidly becoming the preferred model for IT. A missing piece for enabling true, production grade Hybrid Cloud is the ability to mobilize and protect production workloads between different infrastructure types. Cloud Continuity Platform is a new infrastructure concept which enables application mobility and protection across public, managed and private clouds, and across different hypervisors. With Cloud continuity platform the right infrastructure can be used to optimize for cost, SLA and performance with simple scalability and flexibility, without disruption to the business and while enabling full business continuity. The choice of a Hybrid Cloud is here.
Disaster Recovery Guide: DR in Virtualized Environments
In this guide you will learn about BC/DR planning with Zerto's Disaster Recovery Solutions for Virtualized Environments.
In today’s always-on, information-driven organizations, business continuity depends completely on IT infrastructures that are up and running 24/7. The costs of downtime are huge and data loss can put a company out of business. Data loss is not only caused by natural disasters, power outages, hardware failure and user errors, but more and more by software problems and cyber security related disasters. Therefore thorough security and business continuity strategies are crucial for modern businesses, minimizing data loss and downtime. Especially now, as data centers become more and more software defined, these private, hybrid and public clouds become more vulnerable to these kinds of threats.