Zerto Review

The journaling capability allows you to recover from a ransomware attack.


What is our primary use case?

In our case, we used Zerto Replicator mainly for DRP (Disaster Recovery Plan), but also for testing.

How has it helped my organization?

For example, journaling capability allows you to recover from a ransomware attack. Thus, it is not only used in DRP scenarios.

In addition, there are increasingly more environments (such as IBM BlueMix) that support Zerto replication, for public cloud contention environments.

What is most valuable?

Zerto allows RPO of seconds, without need of snapshots. It is agnostic to storage and allows journaling of up to 30 days.

What needs improvement?

For me, limiting the minimum licensing package for 15 virtual machines (VMs) is a issue. Not all environments (especially in Latam) start with 15 VMs.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No, not really.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, not really.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is in English only, and I estimate it 4/5.

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

I know Veeam B & R and VMware SRM (along with vSphere Replication) and in environments with aggressive RPO, and non-reliance on snapshots, Zerto is a superior solution.

How was the initial setup?

It is not really complicated, if you do a previous good design. Installation is non-invasive, does not require agents in the virtual environment.It is not really complicated, if you do a previous good design. Installation is non-invasive, does not require agents in the virtual environment.

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

The licensing is by virtual machines, start in 15, and grow in packs of 10. There is an annual support that must be contracted.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. Veeam B & R and VMware SRM (along with vSphere Replication and storage-level replication) were evaluated.

What other advice do I have?

It is important to have clear:

  1. Required links between sites.
  2. Available network (ideal network L2 inter sites).
  3. Capacity for journaling (+/- 7%) in contingent site.
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