Dell PowerProtect Data Manager vs Zerto comparison

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We performed a comparison between Dell PowerProtect Data Manager and Zerto based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Backup and Recovery solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The solution adequately handles data storage.""I would say flexibility is the most important feature of the product. The performance and speed are the best on the market.""The solution's initial setup is straightforward.""The deduplication is the most valuable feature because it helps to control the overhead.""The product's initial setup phase was easy.""Dell PowerProtect Data Manager helps to reduce the amount of data being transferred and stored.""It's the perfect solution for virtual and container directives. The data reduction feature works well, and we haven't had any issues.""Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager is user-friendly and easy to use. it does what it needs to do."

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"Zerto's ease of use is outstanding; it's easy to set up and has a clear interface and menus. The reporting, analytics, and online monitoring are also excellent.""The most valuable feature is the ability to recover critical systems, such as public safety, within a few minutes. In addition, the RPO is six seconds of data loss, tops.""The most valuable for us and for my company is that we are replicating most of our production customers to the DR site, and we can do testing whenever we want.""The recovery was pretty seamless. It took about a minute for it to kick over when we did our testing. So, it wasn't a long downtime.""Zerto is easy to use and the interface is very intuitive.""The replication works really well. We perform multiple tests a month and annual tests for our tier-one and many of our tier-two apps... Migrating systems as a failover rollback or a system move are two of the functions that I like the most.""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 had a simple backup solution where we could back up our data every 24 hours. So we went from that to being able to recover full systems within a matter of minutes. With Zerto, if we do have an event or disaster, we know that we can recover from that much quicker than we were able to before.""It gives us a seamless, performant data center migration. When we were migrating between physical data centers, we did what normally would have been a 72-hour job in about 18 hours. A large part of that was thanks to Zerto being able to rate limit and throttle how much data was being sent or transfers were happening. Being able to script around it and create governors was important. We didn't have that previously. That is one big use case that has saved an immense amount of time and effort."

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"There is always room for improvement. The compression ratio should be improved as well as the efficiency.""Management is difficult and it is hard to determine when things aren't working properly.""They should include a feature similar to S3 bucket.""You need to use additional software to back up entire environments. It will be good if they could support entire tape libraries.""A lot of improvement is required in Dell's first level of support.""As a new product, there are some things that still need to improve a bit as it matures.""The Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager reports could improve. There should be different kinds of reports on failures, such as dashboards that we can submit to top management or auditors.""The interface is too complex."

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"Zerto could add text alerts if there are critical problems and alerts if changes affect our replication.""Right now, our production environment runs on-premises, and we have a DR copy of everything that we run in production. However, our development runs on that hardware. In the case of a DR event, we would need to shut down development and bring up our secondary copy of production. We're hoping that Zerto is going to be the tool to help us do that.""It would be nice to have the option to do automatic failover, but right now the only option is manual.""I haven't been a super big fan of the support area. The support could really be better in terms of responsiveness. I've had some issues that took two or three days to get resolved. Once I got to the right person, they were resolved quickly, but it took a while to get to that person.""This solution could be improved by being more cloud agnostic.""This solution could be improved by including some sort of compression or de-duplication for the same type of files.""Right now, if you have an error, it creates a link that takes you to a website to review information about the problem. It would be nice if Zerto could give you information within the app instead of referring you to a web application.""We have had issues with licensing, where the license we've been given by Zerto support doesn't include VSS replication, which was a pain at the time."

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  • "The licensing costs and pricing model are based on capacity and the license is easy to upgrade."
  • "The price of Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager is reasonable."
  • "We offer monthly or yearly subscriptions. The price could be cheaper."
  • "The solution is not less expensive than competitors but pricing deals are available."
  • "The solution is more affordable than other vendors."
  • "The product is offered at a very competitive price in the market."
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  • "Pricing depends on your future growth. Start small and then scale up."
  • "Zerto’s licensing model has changed a bit over the last year and they are in alignment with others. It is pretty simple and more economical."
  • "Licensing is based on the number of VMs to replicate. The first thing should be to get the number of VMs to replicate based on your business needs."
  • "Licensing is VM based so you can buy packages or single VM. Price is not low but the power of application is high, so you will get your money back."
  • "It's a little bit expensive."
  • "We believe the pricing, setup costs, and licensing are easy to understand. The pricing seems very reasonable."
  • "The solution is very cost-effective and very easy to set-up but does not compromise on features."
  • "While we find the twenty-five VM license somewhat inflexible, the actual setup costs are minimal as the product is so easy to install."
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    Top Answer:The product is offered at a very competitive price in the market. The compression and deduplication functionalities in the solution ensure that my company is able to save some costs.
    Top Answer:A lot of improvement is required in Dell's first level of support. In the future, the product should be able to fit into a hybrid infrastructure. It should be more of a single solution to meet all… more »
    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 is cost-effective and stable. It protects virtual machines, and there is a fast recovery time.
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    Also Known As
    PowerProtect, Dell EMC PowerProtect
    Zerto Virtual Replication
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    PowerProtect Data Manager offers efficient data protection capabilities leveraging the latest evolution of Dell trusted protection storage architecture.

    With operational simplicity, agility and flexibility at its core, PowerProtect Data Manager enables the protection, management and recovery of data in on-premises, virtualized and cloud deployments, including protection of in-cloud workloads. You can also protect cloud-native workloads across multiple public clouds via our integrated SaaS based PowerProtect Cloud Snapshot Manager.

    Modernize how you protect your VMware virtual machines using Transparent Snapshots. Transparent Snapshots simplifies VM image backups for near-zero impact to your VMs or VM resources – and it works with any VMware supported storage. Transparent Snapshots innovation increases backup performance, lowers costs and simplifies management and reduces the risk of data loss.

    Streamline data protection directly for applications or Kubernetes containers to Dell PowerProtect appliances and reduce application resource constraints.

    Increase business resiliency with PowerProtect Cyber Recovery capabilities to rapidly recover from cyber incidents.

    Modular design allows agile delivery of new features and updates. Rapidly evolve to meet future IT demands.

    • Software defined: Provide flexible data protection and compliance across applications and cloud-native IT environments
    • Multi-cloud optimized: Extend protection to the cloud with backup to cloud, backup in-cloud, long term retention and cloud disaster recovery
    • Self-service: Backup and restore directly from native applications
    • Cloud-Based Monitoring and Analytics: Telemetry, machine learning and predictive analytics to proactively take action and speed time to resolution

    Reviews from Real Users

    “We keep an eye on the future, and we are confident that PowerProtect Data Manager and PowerProtect DD series appliances will support our transformation project. Both products are continuously evolving and will cover our future needs, including using the cloud for data protection.” – Dimitris Mavromichalis, IT Deputy Manager at National Bank of Greece

    “PowerProtect Data Manager combined with PowerProtect appliances – that’s cutting edge. That’s world leading as far as we’re concerned.” – Drew Hills, Infrastructure Analyst at USC Australia

    ““Most of my wish list came true with the PowerProtect Data Manager plugin for vSphere, which provides perfect integration with vCenter.” – Dave Chapman, Senior Technician at PSC Publishing

    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.”

    Sample Customers
    National Bank of Greece, USC Australia, PCS Publishing, Dell Digital IT, Rushmore Electric, Melanson Health, Arrow Electronics
    United Airlines, HCA, XPO Logistics, TaxSlayer, McKesson, Insight Global, American Airlines, Tencate, Aaron’s, Grey’s County, Kingston Technologies
    Top Industries
    Educational Organization14%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Insurance Company12%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerProtect Data Manager vs. Zerto
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerProtect Data Manager vs. Zerto and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    Dell PowerProtect Data Manager is ranked 25th in Backup and Recovery with 8 reviews while Zerto is ranked 2nd in Backup and Recovery with 233 reviews. Dell PowerProtect Data Manager is rated 7.4, while Zerto is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Dell PowerProtect Data Manager writes "A tool that offers good capacity management and product management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zerto writes "Gives us business continuity capabilities during hurricane season and in case of ransomware". Dell PowerProtect Data Manager is most compared with Dell Avamar, Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Dell NetWorker, whereas Zerto is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware SRM, Rubrik and Dell RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines. See our Dell PowerProtect Data Manager vs. Zerto report.

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