Zerto Pricing and License Cost

David Riberdy
Enterprise Data Management Supervisor at Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company
They have licensing breaks as far as 50 users, or 50 VMs, 100 VMs, 250 VMs. We ended up with a bunch of 50 at first, and all of our maintenance renewal dates were all different. It ended up costing us more because we didn't just make the investment up front to say that we wanted 250. We had to end up going back and resetting all of our maintenance dates to the same date. It was just a nightmare for our maintenance renewal person. If you did a proof of concept and you like it, definitely make the license investment upfront. That way, you're not trying to piecemeal it afterwards. Licensing is all-inclusive, there are no hidden fees. View full review »
Don Cargill
Senior Server Storage Engineer at MAPFRE Insurance
It's very equitable, otherwise we wouldn't do it. It's something that we utilize for the licenses per host used. Therefore, it's very cost-efficient as far as the licensing goes. For the amount of stuff that we have configured and what we're utilizing it for, the licensing is not very expensive at all. There is a one-time cost for maintenance and support. We have a three-year contract that we will have to renew when those three years come up. There is also licensing on top of that for whatever product you are using it depending on the host configurations. View full review »
Senior VMware Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
I don't dive too much into the pricing side of things, but I'd like to see better tiering for Zerto's pricing. We do multi-tier VMs. I don't think I should be paying a penalty and price for a tier-three VM where I don't need a really tight SLA like I do for a tier-one. Also, if we're looking to replace the data center backup solution, I have VMs that I may not need for a week in the event of a disaster. I'd like to see a backup price per VM, rather than the tier-one licensing that I currently pay for, per VM. I'd like to see better tiering in regards to the licensing. View full review »
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Systems Architect - Cloud at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I'm less involved with the pricing and licensing area now. The last time I was involved was a couple of years ago. In my opinion, their model is somewhat inflexible, especially for their backup product. One of the reasons why we didn't pursue looking further at their backup product was, simply, licensing. Today we have to buy a Zerto license for every virtual machine that we want protected by their product. We have a lot of virtual machines that aren't production and that don't need to be protected by their product. They don't need sub-second RPOs. They do, however, need to be backed up. But Zerto's licensing model two years ago was, "Well, we don't care that you just need to back up those VMs, and you don't really need to replicate them. It's the same price." We would have had to double our licensing costs for Zerto to adopt it as a backup solution. It was just not even within the realm of possibility financially. It made no financial sense for us to move off our current backup vendor. Their inability to diverge in any way from that was rigid. Their licensing could be less rigid and more open to specific companies' use cases. View full review »
CIO at Per Mar Security Services
If it were easier to license, and to scale it out a little bit more economically, that'd be a godsend. At the end of the day, my druthers would be to have all 200 of our servers protected by this platform. But for a company of our size, that stretches our IT budget and it just doesn't make economic sense. I would really love to be able to just apply Zerto to every virtual machine that we spin up, drop it into the right SLA bucket, and just be done with it, knowing that it's protected, soup to nuts. Unfortunately, that's just cost prohibitive. My advice would definitely be to leverage the number of VMs. It's not a cheap solution by any stretch, but it delivers on its promise. There's definitely value in the investment. With hindsight, I would have gotten a better cost per VM if I was able to buy, say, 100 licenses. It would have been easier for me to put other servers under the protection of Zerto. I wish I would have had that flexibility at the time. Eventually, budgets will open up and I'll be able to go get another 50 or so licenses, but I'll still be paying a higher price, more than if I would have negotiated a higher quantity to begin with. View full review »
Enterprise Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Pricing is okay. You don't use Zerto to put all of your servers in Zerto. The purpose of it is you take what is absolutely critical to continue running your business, whatever servers are in your business continuity plan. Those are the ones that you put in Zerto. Then you'll be fine in the licensing because if you just buy 200 licenses or 300 licenses and you're backing up a utility server or any server that's not essential, then your bosses are going to think you're spending too much money. But if you just zero in on what's critical and back that up with licensing, you'll be fine. There are no additional costs that I'm aware of. We have the licensing fees that come up and then that's it, as far as I know. View full review »
Evan Davis
Technology Infrastructure Manager at County of Grey
Zerto is not cheap; however, it is worth the cost. The licensing model is easy. You buy based on the amount of virtual machines you want to protect and go from there. Even though it is not a cheap program, you do get what you pay for, but overall it became cheaper than maintaining a separate data center. View full review »
Dain Baltierra
Senior IT Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Zerto is more expensive than competitors, making the price difference pretty high. While it is very expensive, it's very powerful and good at what it does. The cost is why we are not leveraging it for everything in the organization. If it was dirt cheap, we would have LTR and DR on everything because it would just make sense to use it. View full review »
David Comer
Senior Network Engineer at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro
Get the Enterprise Cloud license because it's the most flexible, and the pricing should come in around $1,000 per VM. Support is an additional cost. We are currently doing three years of support. There's an additional 15 or 20 percent of overhead during each year of additional support for each license. View full review »
Jason Moore
Senior Director - Information Technology at Revenew International
We are on the lowest license because we don't exceed the number of servers for the base license, so I don't have a lot of information about licensing. The price of it was comparable, if not better than what we were paying for Veeam. I have no problem with the pricing at all. There are no additional costs to the standard licensing. View full review »
Marian Lakov
Senior IT Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
It's not the cheapest tool, it's expensive. But it's doing a good job. We pay the standard license, maintenance every year, and we pay for our technical account manager, which is pretty much Professional Services, with our Premium Support. View full review »
Network Administrator at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
First of all, you should figure out which virtual machines are critical and how many licenses you may need before you start getting prices. You don't need to go crazy if you only have a handful of servers that need licensing. Zerto sells licensing in bundles or packages, so I wouldn't go crazy and buy 100 licenses when you only need 30. Figure out what you need before you get your licensing, because it can get expensive. View full review »
IT Professional at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees. View full review »
Paul Willett
System Engineer at American Medical Response
I'm not 100% sure about the pricing because I wasn't as much part of the pricing part of it, but it fell within our budget. Its features and price are good compared to the options we were looking at. View full review »
Tim Lenz
SQL Database Administrator at Aurora Mental Health Center
As far as licensing goes, start out with what you need to get started and you can always scale up. Zerto worked very well with us. They have a tool called zPlanner which was able to document how much we needed to get started. That was a very handy tool. View full review »
User at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
I would suggest getting a dedicated, well-informed rep. I'm sure they all have great training but always hold your rep accountable. Ask lots of questions because there are no stupid questions. View full review »
User at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
Zerto is not cheap but is an invaluable asset. If you have the need for what Zerto can do for you then the cost really isn't a factor. View full review »
Mark McCully
Manager, Infrastructure at Vizient, Inc
It is good to do a full Disaster Recovery plan for your organization and doing a BCP plan as well. You need to figure out how many critical servers and applications you have in your environment so you will know how many Zerto licenses to buy, etc. View full review »
Rodney Carlson
System Analyst at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Work with your local representative on running a live test to see if the solution fulfills your needs. View full review »
While we find the twenty-five VM license somewhat inflexible, the actual setup costs are minimal as the product is so easy to install. View full review »
I don't remember it being cheap. We started out slow, which was a good call. We found that in an event that was massive enough to cause an entire cluster to go offline we would be happy with our core services up and running. View full review »
Tim Lillis
Sr. System Engineer at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees
The cost is not dirt cheap but also is not terrible. View full review »
Tim Kovars
Sr. Systems Engineer at Quarles & Brady LLP
You are getting what you pay for, as this is a solution that requires minimal management after it is configured. View full review »
User at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
The cost per VM is a bit high. View full review »
Amit BArnawal
Manager - IT Infrastructure and Resiliency at Asian Paints
The solution is very cost-effective and very easy to set-up but does not compromise on features. The features are much enhanced compared to any other DC-DR solution. View full review »
Gary Nalley
Solutions Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
Check your cloud providers. You don't have to host the DR side yourself. Also, look at folks other than Azure and AWS. The hidden/surprise costs will knock your socks off. View full review »
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