Zerto Review

Can quickly recover from any disaster with very little downtime utilizing a user interface that requires minimal experience

What is our primary use case?

Zerto is used to provide real-time replication for the important virtual machines that my organisation uses to our Disaster Recovery (DR) site to ensure business continuity. 

What is most valuable?

The ability to test which virtual machines can be failed over to our DR site without interruption of our production environment. Being able to do file level recovery in case you delete a file accidentally or want to recover from a ransomware attack.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows for my organization to quickly recover from any disaster with very little downtime utilizing a user interface that requires minimal knowledge or experience.

What needs improvement?

I cannot think of any new features that should be added at the moment. With time, I should be able to make suggestions.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None whatsoever.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The only issue that I observed was that depending on the number of virtual machines that are being replicated, you will have to provision the appropriate bandwidth for the link that the replicated systems will traverse. Zerto gives you a bandwidth calculation estimate, but in my case that still was not enough to handle the volume of traffic being generated by our virtual machines.

How are customer service and technical support?

10 out of 10.

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

We used to use Veeam Backup and Replication. We encountered some loss of connectivity with Veeam when we replicated some of our larger virtual machines that we hosted on our older virtual machine hosts.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward and easy to setup. Once the software was executed, all that was needed was the basic environment details as well as the hypervisor information.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented through a vendor team. They were very experienced and were able to provide detailed answers to all of our questions.

What was our ROI?

We expect to achieve a ROI within four years of the purchase. However, the ability to almost instantly failover and the fast file level ransomware recovering times give you that peace of mind that allows for low stress levels.

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

The setup will require that you have a domain controller and DNS at your DR site as well as a second hypervisor product (VMware vCenter Server/Microsoft Hyper-V) there as well. So, the additional software licensing will have to be factored into your operational budget. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, we did not. When we did our research, Zerto was the name that always came out as the market leader.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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