Zerto Review

Managing the system is easy and reliable, you can choose any VM you want to replicate to your DR Site in Combination with other VM's.


What is our primary use case?

We use the ZERTO Implementation to pretend critical VM and Groups of VM (Application Consistency) from failing. The solution with ZERTO helpy us to TEST and Failover without pane. Installaion is based on local primary site and remote desaster site with a distance of a few 100km and a bandwith up to 30Mbit.

What is most valuable?

Managing the system is easy and reliable, you can choose any VM you want to replicate to your DR Site in Combination with other VM's. Testing a DR is easy and well reported.

How has it helped my organization?

Any business unit can define it's needs for SLA and the IT department is able to follow these needs with less management and overhead. If a problem occurs (like ransomware or db errors) IT department is able to roll Back to the right point without loosing productivity of other not effected VM. So for both business and IT it is much easier to use Zerto and profit from best function and best performance in these area of replication tools

What needs improvement?

Migration of complex VMware and Hyper-V solution. Using Zerto to replicate to azure and S3.

DR Solutions with less management and less space. Licensing of DR Site is not necessary until activation of VM. That are very good news for Db users.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

As described above, only the WAN traffic regulation should be monitored, if it runs it works fine and absolutely stable

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

More VM more bandwidth over WAN, but this is normal. In competition with other replication tools, Zerto works well and compression is fast and stable. If you want to scale order license for it and go on.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Really fast and helpful. The documentation is a good stuff to read before calling, most of the events are well described and could be solved easily by yourself

Technical Support:

very fast and very good

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We uses before VMware Site Recovery. It is to complex and expensive at all.

Parallel to the primary replication tool Zerto, we are using VEEAM Always On Replication Version 9.5. It works but we can't replicate in the same manner as Zerto, because this tool works with events and they are queued so you will not be able to replicate in the same way as Zerto. Also the amount of VM's to replicate at the same time is limited to the VEEAM Environment of proxies. More Proxies more VM, but also more overhead and bandwidth usage.

It works fine for replicate a few times a day, but not in sec.

How was the initial setup?

If you follow the documentation you need about 20 Minutes to first run of replication. This is fast and you can choose it if you want with the trail license from Zerto by yourself.

What about the implementation team?

No we did by documentation and without external team.

What was our ROI?

Hopefully 50% less than with teh other solutions, we will have a look to it after a year production

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is VM based so you can buy packages or single VM. Price is not low but the power of application is high, so you will get your money back, in case of Disaster situation. You will be so fast back in production and this is very rent-able for the business units you safe from outtakes.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, Site Recovery and VEEAM Always On Solution

What other advice do I have?

With the next generation Zerto5.5 they allow replication and production in azure, so cloud based DR comes reality.

Everybody who looks for alternative solutions in physical sync mirroring of data (Metro-cluster) should think about business needs and ABC (Application Business Continuity) Zerto can do it and helps you to keep business online with less cost than other solutions.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
2 Comments
author avatarHead of Central Infrastructure Dept at a university with 51-200 employees
User

We are using Zerto for two years and i completely agree with this review. Because we are running replication over dark fibre we have really low RPO. Performance impact on hypervisor (vSphere) is neglectable.

author avatarRichard Johnson
Real User

Including application license, support and maintenance, cost reductions and project non-app development labor costs, we see Zerto reducing overall project implementation costs by 20-25% and reducing project implementation time by 2-6 weeks. Farther along, DR test planning and execution is reduced from hundreds of hours to just a few hours. These are huge numbers, but with over 100 applications using Zerto, we have the track record to prove it.

Further savings will accrue over application lifecycles as we begin to use Zerto as an operational support tool for application and data migration, escalation of new releases into production, refreshing and cloning new dev/test environments. These are all tasks that previously took hundreds of planning and execution man-hours now can be reduced to 10 or 20 hours total. For example, one app team refreshes their dev environments 4X annually. By using Zerto, the reduced downtime, planning and manpower requirements for refreshes effectively will add another 4 to 6 weeks annually for work on new application enhancements.

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