Zerto Review

Simplifies our multi-target replication from remote locations that lack redundancy

What is our primary use case?

We use Zerto at our remote locations as a backup solution in environments where we don't have the infrastructure for redundancy. It allows us to use two HPE DL380 servers as stand-alone VMware hosts and replicate the VMs without needing shared storage.

How has it helped my organization?

Using Zerto, we are able to replicate / backup our VMs and between servers and locations, without the need for shared storage, which provides redundancy in case of hardware failure.  We are able to fail the VMs over to the secondary host, which also allows us to patch or repair hardware without extended downtime. 

What is most valuable?

We use to use VMware replication appliances to attempt to replicate our VMs to remote locations and servers, but Zerto's one-to-many replication options with deduplication have made the process much simpler without having to constantly worry about the versions of each driver.

What needs improvement?

The number one thing we have found we would like changed so far is the cost per VM. It would be great to get that pricing reduced.

The need for a VM to be spun up on every host is challenging. In our remote locations, it's not a big issue, but as we look to use that in our main data center where we have hundreds of hosts, it becomes more daunting.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In the six months that we have used it, we have not had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

So far, it looks like it should scale to our entire environment of over three thousand VMs.

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

Prior to this solution, we use to use SRM. We were looking to switch because SRM continues to be troublesome and requires a select combination of drivers and versions across the environment to work correctly.

How was the initial setup?

This initial setup was pretty straightforward with the exception of needing a VM on every single host.

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

The cost per VM is a bit high.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at RapidDR from HPE but it only works on our HPE SimpliVity servers and not across all of our hardware.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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