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Updated on Jul 19, 2023

We compared Acronis Cyber Protect and Zerto based on user reviews in five categories. We reviewed all of the data and you can find the conclusion below.

  • Features: Acronis Cyber Protect is lauded for its versatility, comprehensive malware protection, and effortless data retrieval. Users say Zerto offers excellent data protection, and it’s easy to create VMs. Zerto users also like its real-time replication features. Cyber Protect could improve its ability to back up SQL databases, reduce resource usage, resolve conflicts, and improve management features, while Zerto could improve cloud environment configuration, PowerShell scripting, and multi-site replication.

  • Service and Support: Some users had positive things to say about Acronis customer service, while others were dissatisfied with delayed responses and limited real-time support options. Customers have generally had positive experiences with Zerto's customer service, noting their quick response times and ability to resolve issues. Some customers have encountered slower response times and needed to go through multiple levels of support to get their issues resolved.

  • Ease of Deployment: Some users thought Cyber Protect was simple to deploy, but others considered it challenging. The setup process for Zerto can be either simple or complicated, depending on the individual's experience with backup solutions.

  • Pricing: Reviewers say Acronis Cyber Protect is affordable, but some noted that the pricing could be more transparent. Zerto’s price tag is considered reasonable and in line with industry norms. Others said it was somewhat expensive but still worth the cost.

  • ROI: Users say that Acronis Cyber Protect is a worthwhile investment, saving money while safeguarding critical data. Zerto reduces risks while saving costs and time. It increases efficiency, ensures compliance, and helps businesses grow.

Comparison Results: Acronis Cyber Protect is a versatile solution that saves customers money and enables easy data recovery. While reviews of Cyber Protect were generally positive, there were mixed reviews about support, pricing, and setup. Users also said it could improve its SQL support and management capabilities. Zerto offers top-tier data protection, excellent customer service, and real-time replication, but some users say its cloud and multi-site functionality could be better.

To learn more, read our detailed Acronis Cyber Protect vs. Zerto Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"The solution was easy to install and to deploy.""The most valuable feature is the fact that you can archive backups quite easily and minimize the amount of space you're using.""The solution is stable and reliable.""In terms of system-critical support, Acronis' technical support does really well. I would give them an eight out of ten for that.""There is advanced management where we can do passing, software inventory, and hardware inventory.""The pricing is fine.""I have not used other backup solutions to compare how well the features work but I have found Acronis Backup to be user-friendly, overall easy to use, and performance is good.""The performance has been fine so far."

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"The test features have been really good for us. Our DR testing goes very quickly and easily now for all our stuff with Zerto. We have our priority recovery process, where we cover our databases for our app servers and web servers. All our teams pretty much get their VMs very quickly. The RPOs are very low.""I give Zerto's stability a nine out of ten.""It reduced the backup recovery time of our main backup solution by several hours. It's reduced our time because before we have to build a system and restore the data, we install the application and restore the data that took us at least a good 24 hours to do that. And now it's really minutes for us to recover our backup solution.""Using Zerto for the migration was incredibly valuable, enabling us to save tremendous amounts of time.""The low RPO times of about four to eight seconds are very nice and very valuable to us.""We've seen a massive benefit from using Zerto in terms of time savings and consistency. You see a consistent outcome every time you do the conversions. We're moving from one platform to another, but the payloads in what we're moving are different. We see consistent delivery.""Its automation and the ability to replicate and keep an RTO of just seconds is valuable. It is all automatic. Everything is pretty transparent on the backend. It is just point-and-go.""The feature I've found most valuable so far has been the ability to migrate the VMs from Hyper-V and Citrix Hypervisor. It's made our migration seamless. In the beginning, we were looking at freeware tools, and it was just a massive headache. Zerto solved a lot of the roadblocks that we'd run into in the past."

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"The new version has anti-malware and software management features, but these features should be enhanced. It is working as an exclusive solution along with the backup and recovery.""I wish Acronis had a feature that would allow me to set an expiry date for customers when I send them Acronis, such as when I create a customer workload or gigabyte.""It could back up more things. I don't think it can back up Box and some of the other third-party ones. Not that we use them that much, but the more they can do, the better it would be. There could also be better integrations with RMM tools.""We needed to have help from the vendor for implementation. The vendor used two personnel. We have system administrators and they do the server backups themself.""I believe that the next release should be easier to configure as this one is difficult to configure even the easiest of tasks.""Acronis has some limitations on the cloud side.""The solution could be better if some of the features were more in-depth.""The product would be better if they offered more integration capabilities."

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"The solution is very expensive.""For special situations, there are options within advanced settings. You don't have to dig too far for them, but they're not quite as straightforward.""It took me a little bit of time to get used to Zerto's terminology and to relate it back to how you do a backup traditionally. It was a little different. It took a little while to understand what a VPG is and what it does. That's an area that they could probably improve on a little, making the documentation easier to understand.""I have had problems with vRAs. When I am trying to restart a host, sometimes the vRAs will hang. I would like it if they wouldn't migrate off or shut themselves down, then I have to manually work with it a lot of the time.""We would like more mobile options. If we are at a restaurant or out and about in our normal daily lives, we would like to be able to interface via our mobiles.""There are quite a few elements in the long-term retention areas that I wish were better. The bio-level recovery indexing of backups is the area I struggle with the most. That's probably because I desire to do tasks that ordinary users wouldn't do with the solution. The standard medium to large customer would probably never ask for anything like I ask for, so I think it's pretty good the way it is. I'm excited to see some of the new improvements coming in the 9.5 version. Some of the streamlines and how the product presents itself for some of the recovery features could be better.""Zerto's effect on our RPO can be improved.""Zerto generates many false positive alerts, which is annoying. I still have thousands of alerts in my inbox, and those are false alerts. When I check there's actually no problem."

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  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "There is a license required to use this solution and it is inexpensive. However, it is an old license."
  • "We were on a perpetual license for Acronis Backup."
  • "The pricing is reasonable. However, it depends on the storage that you use. It would be great to have a package that we can use up to a certain size of the backup, this would allow us to know what the price is going to be up to that capacity."
  • "Our licenses come with a one-time yearly subscription fee."
  • "The license is a perpetual license. The cost is an area for improvement."
  • "We use the free version that provides very basic functionalities."
  • "If the solution was less expensive it would be better."
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  • "Licensing Zerto was very simple. They had a product that fit our size and scale. It made it really easy to choose."
  • "It was a little bit expensive. It took a long time for us to get DR for our workstations. It's one thing when you have 15 servers, but when we needed to bring on almost another 200 users, and each was the same price as the servers, it was too expensive. But Zerto worked with us and gave us a solution that was pretty decent in terms of price."
  • "Obviously, I wish it were cheaper and more affordable. But I get what I pay for, so I can't complain."
  • "Everyone knows Zerto is a little on the expensive side, but what else is there on the market that does the same thing?"
  • "The only negative part that I have seen so far has been the cost. It is kind of pricey, but you get what you pay for. Zerto is a lot faster than other solutions and you get enhanced performance."
  • "It works very well as a backup and recovery solution, with frequent recovery points. It's very good. But it's too pricey for us to use it as a backup solution for all of our clients. Not every customer needs recovery points every five seconds."
  • "Zerto is fairly expensive, but worth it."
  • "In general, it's pretty fair because it is software. In our case, we built our own colo. So, the cost of the colo was very expensive, and that's where a lot of the equipment is. The same thing is there if we were going to spin up in the cloud, but as a solution, in general, it's pretty fair for what you get out of it and how it works. It's not cheap, but at the same time, you get what you pay for, and it's definitely worth the cost. You just have to understand that the cost of the software alone is not the total cost of the project of doing ransomware protection or disaster recovery. It's a piece of the pie, not the entire pie."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Comparing the features of the four is not the right approach. You need to develop a list of requirements for backup and DR that are specific to your organization and then compare each of the four… more »
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    Top Answer:I like Acronis Cyber Protect's backup process and its management console is intuitive.
    Top Answer:Ik fluister:VM Host Oracle en DataGuard hebben we per toeval vervangen door Zerto :-) tijdens de Zerto implementatie en VPG werden de Host Data in write-ack Block-Level gerepliceerd. Qua licentie 1 =… more »
    Top Answer:It's very stable. It doesn't require a lot of intervention.
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    Also Known As
    Acronis Backup, Acronis Backup 12.5 Standard, Acronis Backup 12.5 Advanced
    Zerto Virtual Replication
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    Acronis Cyber Protect offers a revolutionary approach to cyber protection by integrating data protection with cybersecurity. This integrated method eliminates complexity challenges, delivers better protection against today’s threats, and maximizes efficiency by saving time and money. With its full-stack antimalware protection and comprehensive endpoint management, Acronis Cyber Protect combats advanced cyberattacks with a unique integration of protection technologies while simplifying daily IT operations, endpoint deployments and management, and reporting. Now you can manage all cyber protection aspects from a single pane of glass.

    Zerto, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, specializes in data protection and empowers customers to run a business by simplifying the protection, disaster recovery, and mobility of on-premises and cloud applications. Zerto uses advanced hybrid cloud IT technologies to recover and protect business-critical applications in on-premises and cloud environments, enabling them to deliver continuous service without compromising security. Zerto’s foundation is based on continual data protection (CDP) technology. Users can benefit from a single, unified, and automated recovery and data management experience across all virtualized or container-based workloads.

    Zerto's native clustering technology creates a resilient, fault-tolerant system that automates recovery of critical virtual machines while supporting software updates, new OS releases, and upgrades. With native clustering, a creation, migration, or deletion of a virtual machine is automatically replicated to all nodes in the cluster. This creates an automated failover and availability solution with the features of high-end dedicated servers running at a fraction of the cost.

    Zerto Features

    Zerto has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Continuous data security
      • Continuous replication
      • The industry's lowest RPOs and fastest RTOs
      • App and database protection and recovery on a granular level
    • Agility across hybrid and multi-cloud
      • Protection between clouds
      • Simple on-premises to cloud migration
      • User-friendly native cloud services
    • Simple to scale
      • Automation and orchestration are built-in
      • Cross-platform, multi-site analytics
      • Unified experience regardless of cloud
    • Software-based
      • Hardware, hypervisor, and cloud are all independent
      • No physical appliances
      • Future-proof

    Zerto Benefits

    • Robust disaster recovery: Continuous data protection enables recovery of entire clusters, multi-VM applications, or even a single server with the lowest RPOs and fastest RTOs. Zerto allows users to safeguard, manage, and recover all of their key digital assets, whether they’re recovering to a secondary location, the public cloud, or a managed service provider.
    • Constant backup: Instead of making backups every 12 or 24 hours, Zerto creates backups every 5-15 seconds. Zerto backup has no impact on production and eliminates the burden of micromanaging backup windows by using CDP instead of snapshots. Its backup provides immediate recovery of data, folders, or virtual machines (VMs) that are only seconds behind the original, which is a simple approach to completely avoid ransomware or erase inadvertent deletions.
    • Strong long-term retention: Send data to the cloud or a purpose-built storage appliance of your choice for months or years of retention. These long-term copies can be made from local backups or DR replicas, and they can be kept wherever is most convenient for your company. Its powerful indexing and search makes discovering and restoring data simple. For data you want to maintain but only use infrequently, use cost-effective cloud tiering to shift LTR copies from hot to cold to deep-freeze storage.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Zerto stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its disaster recovery abilities and its ease of use. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Justin C., Director of IT at Arnott Inc. writes of the solution, “If we had to deal with a ransomware event, Zerto would be one of the first things I would use, because it is going to be the fastest to restore data to a certain point. If there were a fire in our building, Zerto would be a big thing too, because we would shut down everything that's in our building… It's definitely going to be one of our prevalent DRBC layers of protection."

    Brad W., Vice President of Information Technology at a financial services firm, notes, “The file restoration is very helpful. They've improved it over the years to make it a lot more user-friendly and easy to do, which I appreciate. So, we use that quite a bit. The failover process is quite simple and intuitive. Even the configuration and setup are pretty easy to do.”

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    Sample Customers
    Kings Academy, Rush Memorial, Pentagon Credit Union, Oxford School District, New York City Probation, Dolmen Insurance, New Bedford Community Health, Gerard Darel, Ready Honda
    United Airlines, HCA, XPO Logistics, TaxSlayer, McKesson, Insight Global, Spirit Airlines, Tencate, Aaron’s, Grey’s County, Epiq. JLL, KIND Snacks, Kingston Technologies
    Top Industries
    Non Profit11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company6%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Insurance Company13%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business61%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise22%
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Acronis Cyber Protect vs. Zerto
    September 2023
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    Acronis Cyber Protect is ranked 9th in Backup and Recovery with 34 reviews while Zerto is ranked 2nd in Backup and Recovery with 103 reviews. Acronis Cyber Protect is rated 8.0, while Zerto is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Acronis Cyber Protect writes "A single solution protecting all platforms, that is highly secure, and easy to deploy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zerto writes "Our average recovery time is now in seconds, and we can spin up a test version without affecting our production environment". Acronis Cyber Protect is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, Azure Backup and Veritas Backup Exec, whereas Zerto is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware SRM, Rubrik, Dell RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines and Cohesity DataProtect. See our Acronis Cyber Protect vs. Zerto report.

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