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2014-10-30T18:04:00Z

What is your primary use case for Zerto?

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Top 20Real User

We use Zerto to enable our hot site configuration. We have two data centers. One of them is in one of our corporate buildings, which is our primary, and then we have a co-location center rack that we rent for our hot site backup or app. We use Zerto to replicate our servers and our VMs between those two sites. So, primarily, it is there in case of a disaster or malware attack, etc. We also use it to restore files on the fly for users if they accidentally delete the wrong file or something like that. From a restoration standpoint, it is closer to the frontline of our security posture. We would first look to restore items. For removing the threat and everything like that, it obviously wouldn't be involved, but from a restoration standpoint, it would be frontline. We have not yet used the cloud with Zerto. We just use on-prem physical servers.

2021-08-26T09:19:00Z
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Real User

Database replication is our primary use case. We don't use Zerto for backups. We use Zerto as DR at our sites. It is deployed on-premises at several sites.

2021-07-30T08:04:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use Zerto for real-time replication of our systems, company-wide. The main reason is disaster recovery failover.

2021-07-29T15:57:00Z
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Real User

We use Zerto to replicate data between our on-premises data centers, as well as for replicating data to the cloud. It is used primarily for disaster recovery, and we're not using it very much for backups.

2021-07-29T05:17:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Originally, I was looking for a solution that allowed us to replicate our critical workloads to a cloud target and then pay a monthly fee to have it stored there. Then, if some kind of disaster happened, we would have the ability to instantiate or spin up those workloads in a cloud environment and provide access to our applications. That was the ask of the platform. We are a manufacturing company, so our environment wouldn't be drastically affected by a webpage outage. However, depending on the applications that are affected, being a $15 billion dollar company, there could be a significant impact.

2021-07-27T19:47:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We're using it for site plate replication and fail-over or disaster recovery. We're primarily using it to replicate between the data centers that we own and operate.

2021-07-27T16:17:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We are an electric utility and we have some pretty critical workloads. We have identified the most critical workloads in our environment and have implemented Zerto as a protective measure for them. We try to keep our critical workloads protected, which are a subset of our systems. For example, we're not going to protect a print server with Zerto.

2021-07-26T20:08:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We have Zerto as an emergency backup if we were to lose electricity or compute. I purchased Zerto because I wanted to get a return to operations and to minimize the downtime.

2021-06-24T16:08:00Z
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Top 20MSP

Our primary use case is for disaster recovery and migrations. We have two primary sites that we replicate to. If there are on-prem clients we replicate back and forth between those two and then we replicate our off-prems to them as well. We use on and off-prem as well as Azure.

2021-04-27T20:04:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Right now, everything is on-prem including LTR. We are looking at adding the Azure features but we're not quite there yet. We purchased Zerto to replace our Legacy backup system that still had disks, Archiver Appliance, and everything like that. We had wanted to do something that was diskless but still gave us multiple copies. So we were utilizing both the instantaneous backup and recovery, as well as the LTR, Long Term Retention, function. We do our short-term backup with normal journaling and then our longer-term retention with the LTR appliance, which is going to dedicated hardware in one of our data centers. We use Zerto for both backup and disaster recovery. It was fairly important that Zerto offers both of these features because Unitrends did provide the traditional backup piece. They also had another product called ReliableDR, which they later rolled into a different product. Unitrends actually bought the company. That piece provided the same functionality as what Zerto is doing now, but with Unitrends that was separate licensing and a different management interface. It wasn't nice to have to bounce between the two systems. The ability to do it all from a single pane of glass that is web-based is nice. It's definitely not going to save us money. It'll be a peace of mind thing, that we have another copy of our data somewhere. Our DR site is approximately 22 miles away. The likelihood of a tornado or something devastating two communities where our facilities are based is pretty slim. It's peace of mind and it does not require additional storage space on-prem. We know that the charges for data at rest are not free in Azure. We get good pricing discounts being in education but it definitely won't save money.

2021-04-27T00:29:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Our primary use case for Zerto is for disaster recovery. In the last few versions, they've offered backup, but we don't use it because it's not nearly as robust as what most of our customers are looking for. We also use it for migrations too, to migrate customers into our cloud, and things like that. But that's around 20% of our use case.

2021-04-26T18:52:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I am a cloud provider and I use Zerto to provide disaster recovery solutions for my clients. Recently, we had an issue where one of our customers using Oracle Server experienced corruption in a database. The customer doesn't know when the issue started, so we used Zerto. We started to do a real-live failover for the machine, and we were able to determine the timestamp for the start of the issue. Prior to this, Oracle engineers tried for four hours to fix the database but did not have any luck in doing so. Ultimately, we were able to save the customer's data by using Zerto. A few of my customers are using file-level restore but the majority of them are using the replication features for disaster recovery.

2021-04-22T13:45:00Z
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Real User

We utilize Zerto to backup our on-prem environment to our cloud provider. We've also used it for migrations from on-prem to our cloud provider. Our deployment model is a hybrid. We're using on-prem and also replicating to Azure. It is used in our production environment and also our lower environment, on-prem. It's like a DR, as we're backing it all up to our cloud provider. There are a handful of servers involved, replicating and backing up.

2021-03-29T14:34:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We are using it to protect all our on-premise virtual workloads, which includes mission-critical applications, line of business applications, and several unstructured data type repositories for disaster recovery. It is our sole disaster recovery solution for what it does. It is protecting all the workloads at SmartBank. Both of our data centers are on-premise and in colocations. Our plan over the next year or two is that we will very likely be shifting to DR in the cloud.

2021-02-11T19:51:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use the solution for two different data center sites. Inside the data centers we use VMware virtualization, NSX stretched VLANs and Dell servers. There are many servers, storage, virtualization, and a myriad of operating systems such as Red Hat and Windows Servers. We use Zerto to replicate our VMs from one site to the other, where we don't want to have to pay for two licenses of the same thing. We also do this to have high availability or to have the disaster recovery version of a piece of software. It is a benefit to be able to use Zerto to replicate that VM at the second site, and not have to power it on or anything. We know that it's always replicated on the other site. We currently use the solution for disaster recovery only but we are looking at longterm backup retention in the future.

2020-12-29T11:00:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We are using it for disaster recovery for our day-one applications that need to be up first, upon failover.

2020-12-20T08:21:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It's on-prem only, and we're replicating part of production data centers to the DR location. We use it 100 percent for DR. Zerto, as a product, has a lot of capabilities, but we're only using it to replicate servers for disaster recovery, on-prem.

2020-12-02T06:24:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use it for disaster recovery. We use it for some testing. And we use it for hot backups on databases.

2020-12-02T06:24:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Our use case is 100 percent disaster recovery between two different geographies. We have a very large private cloud offering. We've got about 1,200 customers and almost 10,000 VMs that are under Zerto protection. Every one of those virtual machines needs to be replicated from Waltham to Chicago, from the East Coast of the U.S. to the central U.S. Likewise, we have a European business with the exact same flow, although it's much smaller as far as number of VMs; it might be a couple of hundred. That implementation is going from Berlin to Amsterdam. We've got one-way protection in two different geographies and all of those machines are under Zerto protection.

2020-11-19T07:44:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We needed Zerto in order to provide a disaster recovery solution for the entire organization. We use it to replicate some resources on-prem and for quick recovery. We also use Azure to replicate for disaster. If we ever have a catastrophic failure or attack at our main headquarters, we could failover and run our resources in Azure. We don't use Zerto for backup, we use Veeam. Once the new long-term retention features are added to Zerto, then we will investigate using it for that and possibly dropping Veeam.

2020-09-27T04:10:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use it for DR as well as migration. We have four data centers and migrate workloads between them. We don't use it for backup.

2020-07-05T09:38:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use Zerto for DR purposes, we replicate what's critical to continue business. We replicate it from our headquarters to another state, a DR site. If something happens to the headquarters where we are located we could run the continued business from the DR site with Zerto.

2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We have servers in Houston and we have servers at a DR site, we need to be able to make sure that they're replicated in some form or fashion. That's what we use Zerto for, to replicate between our primary site and our DR site.

2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use Zerto for data migrations. We use it to move our virtual machines from one location or data center to another and eventually, we then switch that over to DR from our facility in one state to another. It's for the migration of existing VMs.

2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use Zerto for disaster recovery data replication from our headquarters to an offsite data center at another location. It has replaced all of my legacy backup solutions.

2020-06-30T08:17:00Z
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Top 5Real User

We're backing up VMs with it. Our company has about 200 VMs and we're using Zerto on 30 of them in the main line of business applications. We're using it to replicate all that data over to our DR site so we can do our testing and reporting against that. Within those 30 servers we've broken out into three different SLAs on which ones get spun up first. We have it all scripted with monthly plans to fail over, spin it up, actually use it over there, spin it down, bring it back into production, etc.

2020-06-25T10:53:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We do a semiannual disaster recovery test, usually one in January and another in September, where we fail our entire company over to our Arizona DR facility. We run the business out of Arizona location for the day. In order to be able to do that, the Zerto application allows us to migrate 58 machines over to that location and allows us to run our business from that location for the course of the day.

2020-06-25T10:53:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use it for disaster recovery and to migrate machines from one location to another.

2020-06-25T10:53:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We protect about 15 virtual machines. We use Zerto to replicate them from our home office in Pennsylvania to our co-lo facility in Arizona. Our main data center is in our Pennsylvania office, but if that office were to go down, we would use this as a DR solution so we could run our company out of Arizona.

2020-06-17T10:56:00Z
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Top 5Real User

It is controlling our mission-critical production system as a backup and a failover.

2020-06-17T10:56:00Z
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Real User

For all the most important applications, we are using Zerto as a hot site in case something were to go on with our on-prem data center-based applications. We can immediately resort to Zerto as a failover. It's deployed for replication from our data center into the public cloud.

2020-06-16T08:37:00Z
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Top 5Real User

We use Zerto for replication to a DR site of Windows and Unix machines. We like having a testable solution which does not interfere with the performance on our production machines. It has an included feature allowing assignment of a specific LAN or IP address to segregate the machine while testing. We are replicating 56 machines, totaling more than 30 TB, but compressing at 70 percent for space savings. We use the email alerts as a way to monitor replication status. This helps in off hours alerting for potential problems.

2020-05-04T16:18:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use Zerto as a robust failover and replication solution. Currently we replicate about 50-55 VMs to our DR site. We have run multiple test failovers, and have even done a full-scale, full company REAL failover. Zerto worked flawlessly. We use Zerto to make sure that our primary Server farm is replicated and protected in case of a failover.

2019-12-20T15:50:00Z
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Real User

We use the solution for DR failover/testing on our DR site. We're a Windows/VMware environment and replicate 25 virtual machines from our primary data center to our disaster recovery site. The solution allows us to perform live failovers without shutting down our production systems.

2019-12-08T19:28:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use Zerto to keep a replica copy of the core servers we have running at our backup site. In the case of an outage, we are able to flip over to our backup location. Zerto keeps these servers up to date within seconds and in the case of an outage at our core data center, we can flip over services with little to no data loss.

2019-12-05T22:53:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We use Zerto for disaster recovery of our tier 1 applications from our primary data center to our secondary data center. We have also used Zerto to successfully perform server migrations from one site to another for data center moves and company acquisitions. Our administrators love the product and it has been proven to be easier to use than VMware SRM which we were using before going with Zerto.

2019-11-17T17:56:00Z
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Real User

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.

2019-11-07T22:58:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We primarily use Zerto for our critical applications and infrastructure to allow immediate failover at our DR site. We licensed our critical applications and database servers and standard backup the rest. In order to increase uptime, we replicate our entire Active Directory infrastructure as well.

2019-10-10T18:13:00Z
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Real User

We use Zerto to protect our staff information against ransomware and is outlined in our disaster recovery plan. We have a DR site that we failover to if anything happens at our primary data center. We have only our core services, that we could not live without, being protected.

2019-09-26T21:08:00Z
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We primarily use this solution for disaster recovery. The initial sync was from Pure to Compellent, and DR with disparate storage was great. Once we identified our critical servers, vetted the Live and Test Failover, and got the necessary configuration at our DR site, we are now able to perform tests in a safe bubble.

2019-09-10T21:49:00Z
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Real User

Our primary use for this solution is DR Replication to a separate data centre. We use VMware at both sites. We're currently replicating around eighty VMs from our primary data centre in London to our secondary data centre in Beccles. Most of these are SQL servers with the VSS agent installed.

2019-08-30T14:33:00Z
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Real User

We primarily use this solution for Replication and Disaster Recovery.

2019-08-15T19:57:00Z
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Real User

We use this solution for disaster recovery.

2019-08-15T11:59:00Z
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Real User

Real-time replication for our Disaster Recovery site, which is currently hosted in another on-premise site but will shortly be moving to a Data Center in the Cloud. I have also used this solution to do point-in-time restores of Exchange mailbox items and to check updates from Microsoft.

2019-07-23T15:22:00Z
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Real User

Our primary use case for Zerto was to enable replication at our DR site for virtual appliances and automation of the failover - failback process. This also gets utilized for recovery at our DR site at different timestamps using the journal history. This solution is very light, with zero-touch deployment and very enhanced dashboards.

2019-07-18T13:15:00Z
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Reseller

Cloud-based disaster recovery. However, do your homework on your provider. There are several options besides Azure and AWS that don't have their surprise charges. Be sure to check them out.

2019-02-25T16:22:00Z
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Top 10Real User

We were able to replace most of VMware SRM with this solution. It allows us to failover individual machines or application clusters with ease. The one thing that it does not do nicely is a full site failover. We have never needed that aspect though (only for testing).

2018-07-10T14:38:00Z
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Real User

Virtual server replication, as well as a level of backup, to our disaster recovery site.

2018-01-10T13:23:00Z
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Real User

Disaster Recovery and quick file recovery. We have used Zerto to recover from Ransomware three times. Between the attacks we have recovered over 2 million files. We have never paid a ransome. Our users were only affected just under two hours with the attacks, majority of the time is actually figuring out in the office which pc actually had the crypto locker program running.

2014-10-30T18:04:00Z
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