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We performed a comparison between Azure Site Recovery and Zerto based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Disaster Recovery (DR) Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"What I like best about Azure Site Recovery is that it's easier to use because my organization already has Azure as an Active Directory solution.""The most valuable feature is the visibility of what is happening with our business as well as the good reporting and dashboards.""Site Recovery's most valuable features include its user-friendly console and the ease of migration.""Provides generally good performance, from protection to production to failover to data recovery.""Azure Site Recovery helps to save costs.""The solution is secure, reliable, and scalable.""The documentation is good, and it can be integrated with other products.""Our primary use case is for disaster recovery and business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)."

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"I've used backup solutions like Veeam in the past, but Zerto seemed like a better, faster solution. We adopted Zerto because of the speed, and because we wanted to do everything in-house.""RPO time for the copied-off VMs appears to be quite short.""Some of the most valuable features are the synchronous replication and migration with RDMs. I really like the conversion of RDM VMs for migration.""We've never had any major headaches with the virtual-protection groups. They seem to work exactly as they should. If there's ever an issue with replication, we know right away, so it's all been very reliable.""The orchestration and automation of the DR and how it replicates the VMs and then picks them up in the DR site have been most valuable.""Stable disaster recovery solution with a very simple setup and fast failover.""I would give it an eight out of 10, if not a nine out of 10, when it comes to ease of use.""It is very user-friendly. There is no wondering about what a feature does. It is easy to use."

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"I would like to see more security features.""The tool should improve synchronization.""In the newest version of Azure Site Recovery, the configuration was a little more complex, so this is an area for improvement.""The immutable backup could be better.""Could have more integration with other platforms.""The pricing predictability and clarity around the final cost of the plan of this solution could be improved.""Site Recovery's scalability could be improved.""The support team took a lot of time to respond and was not very professional."

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"The alerting could be fine tuned and improved. It does a lot of alerts, but it's a little bit cumbersome to modify them.""When building out a VPG and doing the machine types within Azure, they were not coming across correctly. It would say it had a CPU and memory of a specific type, but it was not accurate... It was a bug and they were working on it.""I don't have any input for improvement or a critical feature request at this moment. If anything, a lower price is always better.""The pricing could be a little bit lower.""The only thing I really don't like about Zerto is that the ZVM has to be a Windows server. I can spin up any OBA template whenever I want to, but if it has an OS that's tied to it, then I have to involve the OS team from my company. That drives me crazy.""Zerto is too reliant on VMware's vCenter. It's tough to upgrade, move, or do anything related to virtual servers with vCenter.""The tech support on my latest issue wasn't so great. I had to figure a lot of stuff out myself. It could be that I had a Level 1 tech who was new or something, but it seemed like the tech was spitballing, which does not help me.""I had a couple of questions after deployment, but nothing major, about a couple of ways I could tweak it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I'm not sure about the Azure Site Recovery pricing, but my organization gets monthly bills from providers."
  • "The tool's licensing is yearly and not expensive."
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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:The solution is secure, reliable, and scalable.
    Top Answer:I would like to see more security features.
    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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    Zerto Virtual Replication
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    Help your business to keep doing business - even during major IT outages. Azure Site Recovery offers ease of deployment, cost effectiveness, and dependability. Deploy replication, failover, and recovery processes through Site Recovery to help keep your applications running during planned and unplanned outages. Site Recovery is a native disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), and Microsoft been recognized as a leader in DRaaS based on completeness of vision and ability to execute by Gartner in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service.

    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
    Russell Reynolds Associates, Union Insurance, Rackspace
    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
    Computer Software Company25%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Insurance Company13%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Azure Site Recovery vs. Zerto
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Site Recovery vs. Zerto and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    Azure Site Recovery is ranked 1st in Disaster Recovery as a Service with 8 reviews while Zerto is ranked 2nd in Disaster Recovery (DR) Software with 103 reviews. Azure Site Recovery is rated 8.2, while Zerto is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Azure Site Recovery writes "Easier to use, highly scalable, and stable". 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". Azure Site Recovery is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware SRM, CloudEndure Disaster Recovery, VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery and Nutanix Disaster Recovery as a Service , whereas Zerto is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware SRM, Rubrik, Dell RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines and Oracle Data Guard. See our Azure Site Recovery vs. Zerto report.

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