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Updated on Jul 19, 2023

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

  • Features: Nakivo is praised for its offsite backup to Synology NAS and seamless cloud integration. Zerto offers excellent data protection, and it’s easy to create VMs. Nakivo could benefit from improvements in its remote upgrade capabilities, SNMP features, and application backup. Users say Zerto users also like its real-time replication features. Zerto could improve cloud environment configuration, PowerShell scripting, and multi-site replication.

  • Service and Support: Nakivo's support is praised for being quick, considerate, and attentive. 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: Nakivo's setup was described as straightforward. A few users said the deployment was somewhat complex but not excessively difficult. The setup process for Zerto can be either simple or complicated, depending on the individual's experience with backup solutions.

  • Pricing: Nakivo offers lower licensing costs and a flexible pricing structure. Nakivo provides cost-efficient backups at a competitive price and even offers a free license for one year for up to five VMs. 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: Nakivo ensures a favorable return on investment with a reasonable total cost of ownership and reduced testing expenditures. Zerto reduces risks while saving costs and time. It increases efficiency, ensures compliance, and helps businesses grow.

Comparison Results: Nakivo is a powerful, cost-effective solution that seamlessly integrates with the cloud, but it could use some enhancements in its SNMP features and remote upgrading functionality. 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 NAKIVO Backup & Replication vs. Zerto Report (Updated: March 2024).
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"Nakivo has been instrumental in strengthening our data security infrastructure.""The speed of the backups and replications is fantastic and, for the most part, the simplicity of use has been wonderful.""Nakivo has improved our organization largely due to the fact that it is an extremely robust backup system.""Backups are working smoothly with Nakivo Backup.""This enables us to do quick granular file recovery as and when required but also to do whole-site relocation in the case of a total loss scenario.""The backup for physical machines and replication for the virtual environment are the most valuable aspects.""We have found all the features of Nakivo to be useful and the solution is easier to use compared to Proxmox. It is user-friendly, we are very satisfied.""Nakivo Backup and Replication's web-based management interface enables intuitive, rapid, and seamless configuration and management of all backup and recovery functionality across the enterprise."

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"It enables protection of a virtual workload to be done by the app, whether single or multi-tiered, with a boot time scheduler. It is pretty awesome.""We are in the process of switching over our production data center and Zerto has been a true time-saver that has cost us zero downtime.""The replication and recovery features are the most valuable... On two occasions, other departments in our organization reported issues with specific virtual machines. We used the checkpoint feature of the Zerto to enable the recovery of those machines to a point that was a few minutes prior to the problem.""The return to operations is the most valuable feature because it decreases the amount of time it takes us to recover.""Zerto is intuitive. We could set everything up in the environment within a day and a half and start migrating on the third day.""The ease of failover and test environments has proven invaluable.""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.""Its user interface is excellent, and when it comes to data duplication, Zerto is very fast."

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"They need to add a failover feature to the Essential Pro license in case the environment is a simple virtual environment and the client does not need to upgrade.""The first implementation is a bit difficult but once is up and running is rock solid and extremely easy to manage.""It would be good if I could have a remote upgrade of our Synology Transporters, but the manual upgrade is easy and no problem at all.""We are satisfied with Nakivo, but if anything could be improved, I think it would be more real-time as opposed to email support availability.""Updating VM Tools on a replicated VM could be better.""UI could use some upgrades. The UI is basic, but functional.​""I would like to have the option of creating a subfolder per job in the backup repository because we had an issue where some files were corrupted and we lost the backup of the majority of the VMs.""There is a lack of native (web-based) update functionality."

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"We did look at the long-term retention backup feature of Zerto a few years ago, and at that time, it was limited. I can't say what it is right now, but at the time, its functionality was limited in terms of basically where we could save it and how we could save it. Offsite air gapping our backups is important to us to help protect against ransomware, and at the time, it couldn't do that. That would be one area that would be important before we consider using the long-term retention again. I haven't looked at it recently, and they may have addressed this in the meantime, but if not, this would be an area of improvement.""I would like to have an overall orchestration capability that would enable you to do multiple VPGs in some sort of order, with delays in between.""The performance was generally good, but occasional lag disrupted the flow, leaving room for improvement.""I would like to see better notifications when the sync is off for an extended length of time.""Zerto can improve the dashboard by making it even more simple. Right now, there's a lot on the dashboard, and it can be overwhelming. If you're an experienced user, then you'll find it easy to use, but if you're a beginner, it will take you some time.""It is difficult to manage failing over between sites if you are at the site that was impacted.""There's a mandatory VMware version, so we need to update our VMs in order to access our data. Zerto should work with all VMware versions.""The only issue that I observed was that depending on the number of virtual machines that are being replicated, you will have to provision the appropriate bandwidth for the link that the replicated systems will traverse."

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  • "It has a much higher bang for the buck than other products we evaluated."
  • "The price is not a problem in NAKIVO, as it is the most competitive in the market."
  • "It's really cheap, and our company saves a significant amount of money on IT backup solutions per year."
  • "Pricing is easy to understand and very affordable."
  • "I advise that this is the best product for medium or small environments according to my cost-benefit analysis."
  • "You have a lot of different options when it comes to pricing and the pricing models are pretty flexible and affordable."
  • "The product is quite cheap compared to other products on the market, but despite this, it is rich in features both at the level of backup and recovery as well as at the level of additional options."
  • "Nakivo Backup & Replication also have another great value, which is that it is one of the lowest prices on 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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Nakivo is my favorite backup software. Below are the main benefits of Nakivo compared to Veeam 1. Low cost. 2. Backup storage with global deduplication (this is the main requirement of a backup… more »
    Top Answer:Nakivo has been instrumental in strengthening our data security infrastructure.
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    Top Answer:Real-time replication is a valuable feature, ensuring that changes made to the production site are immediately reflected at the recovery site.
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    NAKIVO Backup & Replication is an affordable backup and recovery solution that provides fast, backup, replication, and DR for virtual, cloud, physical and SaaS environments. The solution includes advanced cybersecurity features. The solution is designed for SMBs, enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs).

    NAKIVO Backup & Replication Features

    • Fast, reliable backups: Create fast incremental, app-aware backups for virtual, cloud, physical and SaaS workloads.

    • Multiple backup targets: Implement the 3-2-1 strategy by storing backups onsite, offsite, on tape, or in a public or private cloud.

    • Ransomware-proof backups: Apply immutability to backups stored locally and in the cloud to prevent malicious deletions or changes. Scan backup data for signs of malware before recovery.

    • Instant recovery: Restore full VMs in seconds, physical machines as VMs (P2V) or to bare metal, etc.

    • Automated disaster recovery: Create automated sequences to launch failover to replica and failback and ensure continuous availability and the shortest RPOs and RTOs.

    • Real-Time Replication (beta) for VMware: Continuously update VM replicas in real time as changes are made to the source VM and use the replica for failover to achieve RPOs as low as 1 second.

    • MSP-centric functionality: Advanced multi-tenancy architecture and a dedicated MSP Console to help managed service providers expand their offering with BaaS, DRaaS and other data protection services.

    NAKIVO Backup & Replication Benefits

    Save time with fast incremental backups leveraging native technologies. Deploy the solution on NAS to create an all-in-one backup appliance to cut backup windows by half.

    Improve operational resilience with multiple backup targets onsite, offsite, cloud and tape to apply the 3-2-1 backup strategy.

    Minimize downtime and disruptions: Choose from 9+ recovery options to instantly restore what you need to where you need and improve uptime in any scenario.

    Better cyber security with immutability options in local storage and in the cloud. Ensure that recovered data is free from malware by scanning backups before proceeding with recovery.

    One solution, one web interface for all your data protection activities and platforms. Protect virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS workloads with a solution that combines backup, disaster recovery, instant operational recovery, ransomware protection and monitoring.

    Save money and achieve lower TCO with one of the most affordable backup and disaster recovery solutions on the market. Choose between a perpetual or a subscription license depending on your budget and operational requirements.

    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
    Coca Cola, Honda, 3M, University of Arizona, University of Maryland, University of Arkansas, Johns Hopkins University, Marriott, Radisson Hotels and Resorts, Fujifilm, Eiffage
    United Airlines, HCA, XPO Logistics, TaxSlayer, McKesson, Insight Global, American Airlines, Tencate, Aaron’s, Grey’s County, Kingston Technologies
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Construction Company7%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Educational Organization7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Insurance Company12%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business78%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise7%
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    NAKIVO Backup & Replication vs. Zerto
    March 2024
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    NAKIVO Backup & Replication is ranked 6th in Backup and Recovery with 21 reviews while Zerto is ranked 2nd in Backup and Recovery with 124 reviews. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is rated 9.4, while Zerto is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of NAKIVO Backup & Replication writes "Flexible with automatic backup features and robust security measures". 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". NAKIVO Backup & Replication is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Hornetsecurity Altaro VM Backup, Acronis Cyber Protect, Rubrik and Arcserve UDP, whereas Zerto is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware SRM, Rubrik, Dell RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines and Commvault Cloud. See our NAKIVO Backup & Replication vs. Zerto report.

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