Zerto Reviews

Zerto is the #2 ranked solution of our top Cloud Backup tools. It's rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Veeam Backup & Replication - Zerto vs Veeam Backup & Replication

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David Riberdy
Real User
Enterprise Data Management Supervisor at Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company
Jul 15 2020

What is most valuable?

The failover capabilities are definitely the high spot for us. Previously, when we did disaster recovery it would take us easily a day or two to restore all of our… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The big thing for us was our disaster recovery. At that point, we were only able to do a disaster recovery test once a year. Now, we officially do a disaster recovery test… more »

What needs improvement?

The interface is the only thing that we've ever really had an issue with. It's gone through some revisions. The UI, it's not clunky, but it's not as streamlined as it… more »

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

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… more »

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

Prior to Zerto becoming our disaster recovery product, we were using Dell EMC's Avamar for backup recovery and for disaster recovery, which we quickly realized was not… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to do the proof of concept. They're very willing to help you with the installation. Do a proof of concept. If you're not amazed by it, I would be… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at RecoverPoint for VMs. A long time ago, one of the companies inside this enterprise had used RecoverPoint and it worked really well when it was the physical… more »
Don Cargill
Real User
Senior Server Storage Engineer at MAPFRE Insurance
Jul 09 2020

What is most valuable?

There is built-in active logging if needed for a longer retention period. If we fail a machine over and are just doing tests for it, we can fail it right back at the end… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to have a successful disaster recovery solution through using Zerto for our Disaster Recovery drills. We are able to fail over anytime, day or night, to run… more »

What needs improvement?

The alerting doesn't quite give you the information about what exactly is going on when an issue comes up. We do get alerts inside of our vCenter, but it doesn't give you… more »

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

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… more »

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

For eight years prior to using Zerto we used to use a product called SRM, which is part of VMware. We finally switched over to Zerto after having them come in and do a… more »

What other advice do I have?

Don't hesitate. Go out and do it now. Don't wait two years like we did. Push harder in order to be able to get the solution in place, especially since we know it will work… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Right now, we use Veritas. We will be evaluating Veeam and Rubrik as a new solution for our backups in the next quarter or so, on top of the fact that we may decide to use… more »
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DanTurner
Real User
CIO at Per Mar Security Services
Jul 07 2020

What is most valuable?

Personally, what I find valuable is the executive summary that says our DR plan is operational. I can then pass that out to our customers. Per Mar has about 75,000… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The business that we're in means we have to run our network 365 days, 24/7, with no downtime. If there's any kind of interruption to business processes — power outage… more »

What needs improvement?

One thing I would like to see, and I know that this is on their roadmap, is the ability to use long-term storage in the cloud, like in Azure or AWS, making that even more… more »

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

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… more »

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

We were using VMware Site Recovery Manager. We're still a VMware shop. Zerto replaced SRM. It was probably cost-agnostic, but what it really came down to was that SRM… more »

What other advice do I have?

Take a hard look at it. Don't pass it by, don't be scared off by the price. Definitely take them up on the proof of concept. Have the team come in and do that. You'll be… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We took a look at a couple of other solutions. The other ones fell off the table pretty quickly. We're based in Iowa. We have a good account team here in Iowa from Zerto… more »
Franklin
Real User
Enterprise Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 23 2020

What is most valuable?

The replication is the most valuable feature. It's almost like a tape recorder. You can rewind if you need to, if something bad happens. You can rewind the tape and your… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It improved the way we function because we know that in the event of a disaster, we can easily recover our state of being in a rather quick amount of time. If there's… more »

What needs improvement?

The improvement that I would like to see is a little bit easier product knowledge, things like that. It's getting a lot better than it was before because it's not as old… more »

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

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… more »

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

We've used Veeam for backup. Before Veeam, we used Unitrends, which is even worse. It didn't work. Zerto's good for DR replication. I don't think anybody does it better… more »

What other advice do I have?

We don't know what we're going to do for long-term retention. We use it for DR purposes only. But we are still looking at the long-term retention and what to do with it. I… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a couple of proposals. We had the one from Veeam but we realized really quickly that it doesn't work for replication. The other alternative would have been to save… more »
Evan Davis
Real User
Technology Infrastructure Manager at County of Grey
Oct 08 2020

What is most valuable?

The one-click failover feature is very valuable because of the ease of use as well as the little to no data loss with the constant replication in journaling technologies… more »

How has it helped my organization?

There wasn't anything in place that compares to what we're getting from Zerto. Before Zerto, we didn't have a proper disaster recovery program or application in place. We… more »

What needs improvement?

Long-term retention of files is a function that isn't available yet that I'm looking forward to them providing. The long-term retention is the only other thing that I… more »

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

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… more »

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

We also use Veeam and it is really easy to use too. They're both easy programs to use. If anyone can use Veeam, they can use Zerto. I wouldn't say Zerto's any easier or… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend doing the free proof of concept exercise with Zerto pre-sales engineers and work with them to discuss your environment and then review their… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Cohesity, Rubrik, and Commvault. Veeam does replication as well, but it doesn't do it nearly as well. We looked at a few other solutions from Dell. We went… more »
Dain Baltierra
Real User
Senior IT Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 22 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is DR. In my opinion, there is nothing better at what it does. The solution provides fantastic continuous data protection. We do a lot of spin up… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We had some ransomware that got on and infected the corporate shared drives. It was just one system and one user type of thing. It didn't spread because we had it locked… more »

What needs improvement?

While I am open to transitioning over to using Zerto for long-term retention, the problem is the alerting function in Zerto is very poor. That makes it a difficult use… more »

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

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… more »

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

At my previous company, we were using SRM and our DR tests would take one to two days. For our primary customer, we switched to Zerto, then it took 15 to 20 minutes… more »

What other advice do I have?

Most people assume catastrophic failures have a long-term data impact. However, with Zerto, it doesn't have to be that way. If you spend the money to protect everything… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We currently use Veeam and Commvault. In general, moving VMs through VMware using site-to-site is not as easy than with Zerto because the data has to go on flight, and… more »
Jason Moore
Real User
Senior Director - Information Technology at Revenew International
Jul 13 2020

What is most valuable?

Pretty much all of the features are valuable. The biggest thing we use it for is replication, so the ability to set up our virtual server, set it to replicate, and Zerto handling everything else is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest improvement for us was going from a possible 24-hour lag on our backups to real-time lag. With the hurricanes here in Houston, buildings losing power, and so on, it was nice having the… more »

What needs improvement?

For what we got it for, it does it great. I use a different solution for my disk-to-disk local backups to where I can have a local backup of files. I don't think Zerto does that well to where it keeps… more »

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

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… more »

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

We previously used Veeam. We switched because of real-time backups. Veeam was a point-in-time backup. We said, "You're going to back up at this time." It took a snapshot and backed it up. Zerto just… more »

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you know how long it's going to take to do your initial seeding. If you've got a lot of data, and you're doing it over a pretty good distance, just make sure your pipe is big enough for the… more »
Real User
Network Administrator at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Jul 03 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to spin up a copy of a virtual machine which is a complete copy, within minutes. I also enjoy the Analytics, which is something… more »

How has it helped my organization?

When I started with the company, we didn't have a disaster recovery option. If our office were to have gone down, our company would pretty much have ceased to work. Having… more »

What needs improvement?

The only time I ever have an issue is because there's a virtual server on each host in our environment. If I have to reboot a virtual machine host, I have issues with… more »

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

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… more »

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

We didn't have a previous solution. We selected Zerto because the RPO is extremely low, so you can get that server back up almost immediately. That was a huge thing. Also… more »

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson from using Zerto is the failover capability and the testing capability. Those are two very useful things. If somebody calls me and they need to test… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have Veeam which we use for backup and I know they have replication, so we looked into that, but it just wasn't as feature-rich or as quick to restore or bring up a VM… more »
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What is Zerto?

Zerto helps customers accelerate IT transformation by eliminating the risk and complexity of modernization and cloud adoption. By replacing multiple legacy solutions with a single IT Resilience Platform, Zerto is changing the way disaster recovery, backup and cloud are managed. At enterprise scale, Zerto’s software platform delivers continuous availability for an always-on customer experience while simplifying workload mobility to protect, recover and move applications freely across hybrid and multi-clouds. Zerto is trusted by over 6,000 customers globally and is powering resiliency offerings for Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, AWS, SunGard AS and more than 350 cloud services providers.

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Zerto Virtual Replication
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