Zerto recently announced version 6.5 of their Zero Virtual Replication (ZVR) product and I had the opportunity to speak with Steve Blow and Caroline Seymour about the announcement.
Zerto 6.5 includes features that will accelerate this adoption, specifically:
- Expanding the Cloud Control Panel;
- Enhancing recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives; and
- Supporting Microsoft Azure Premium SSD Managed Disk.
Zerto’s Long Term Retention feature has also been enhanced. You now have the ability to do incremental backups – effectively deliver forever incremental capability – with synthetic fulls as required. There’s also:
- Support for Microsoft Data Box Edge using standard storage protocols; and
- The ability to recover individual VMs out of Virtual Protection Groups.
Zerto have worked hard to improve their analytics capabilities, providing:
- Data for quarterly reports, including SLA compliance;
- Troubleshooting of monthly data anomalies;
- Enhanced data about VMs including journal size, throughput, IOPS and WAN; and
- Cloud Service Provider Client Organisational Filter with enhanced visibility to create customer reports and automatically deliver real-time analysis to clients.
Zerto have been busy at Microsoft’s Ignite event recently, and are also holding “IT Resilience Roadshow” events in the U.S. and Europe in the next few months in collaboration with Microsoft. There’s a Zerto+Azure workshop being held at each event, as well as the ability to sit for “Zerto+Azure Specialist” Certification. The workshop will give you the opportunity to use Zerto+Azure to:
- Create a Disaster Recovery environment in Azure;
- Migrate End of Life Windows Server 2008/SQL Server 2008 to Azure;
- Migrate your on-premises data centre to Azure; and
- Move or protect Linux and other workloads to Azure.
I’ve been a fan of Zerto for some time. They’ve historically done a lot with DR solutions and are now moving nicely beyond just DR into “IT Resilience”, with a solution that aims to incorporate a range of features. Zerto have also been pretty transparent with the market in terms of their vision for version 7. There’s an on-demand webinar you can register for that will provide some further insights into what that will bring. I’m a fan of their multi-cloud strategy, and I’m looking forward to seeing that continue to evolve.
I like it when companies aren’t afraid to show their hand a little. Too often companies focus on keeping these announcements a big secret until some special event or arbitrary date in a marketing team’s calendar. I know that Zerto haven’t quite finished version 7 yet, but they have been pretty upfront about the direction they’re trying to head in and some of the ways they’re intending to get there. In my opinion this is a good thing, as it gives their customer base time to prepare, and an idea of what capabilities they’ll be able to leverage in the future. Ultimately, Zerto are providing a solution that is geared up to help protect critical infrastructure assets and move data around to where you need it to be (whether it is planned or not). Zerto seem to understand that the element of surprise isn’t really what their customers are in to when looking at these types of solutions. It isn’t always about being the first company to offer this or that capability. Instead, it should be about offering capabilities that actually work reliably.