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Executive Summary
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 vs. Zerto Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"The backup for physical machines and replication for the virtual environment are the most valuable aspects.""The product is easy to manage for any IT person who is new to backup, recovery, and replication.""The product license and support delivery have been great!""Nakivo makes our backs-ups more reliable and easy to recover in case of full damage or partial retrieval of files - all at a convenient cost.""This is a user-friendly solution that has a lot of certifications and documentation for the Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructure.""It uses all the bandwidth available if not limited and backs up entire servers with all data about four times faster than Windows Server Backup and EaseUS TODO Backup.""Nakivo's backup and replication product has allowed us to implement a disaster recovery solution with a target repository in the cloud.""Technical support responds very quickly."

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"I like the less than one-minute RPO, the ability to IP customize during failovers, and the cloning feature that I can use to clone VMs over at the target location. As part of the automation failover, if we need to change an IP when it fails over to the other data center, Zerto will handle that; there's no need for manual intervention. As far as the cloning, we use that to do quick testing of a VM in the remote data center for lift-and-shift processors.""The stability is good, and I have never had any customers say anything bad about it. Some have used it for years and have not had any problems.""One of the valuable features is the ability to re-IP on the fly, because it makes the migration a lot smoother on the system end.""The near-synchronous replication is one of the primary reasons we're using Zerto because we have recovery intervals of sub-five seconds. On a scale of 10, where 10 is "very important", this feature is a 10.""We had a disaster recovery four or five years ago. I can't remember what happened, but I believe something crashed in our data center, like a power outage. We did a failover of our network using Zerto from production to disaster recovery. We successfully completed the failover process in three or four hours without issue. The data was current, and the application owners could access their data and continue working while the issue was resolved.""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.""Its ease of use is most valuable. The online documentation is very clear and helpful. We are able to solve a lot of problems on our own without having to contact support.""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."

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"It would be good to have some Oracle database backup capability from the Linux OS in the next release.""The only thing I could say is maybe some more options for job scheduling are needed.""I need no more valuable features for backs-up. I have not yet tried the latest release, however, I have all the features that I need.""We'd like to see a legacy environment backup, like AIX, etc.""They need a better knowledge base with more information about support issues.""The process for getting unused diskspace back from the data repository is slow.""For us, it would be best to improve the speed of the backup instead of adding new features.""Updating VM Tools on a replicated VM could be better."

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"I would like to see some graphical improvements in Zerto's interface. There's an option to export a list of all of our servers, but the information isn't presented the way we want. We want it in a specified sequence broken down by region, etc. We can't manipulate the data when we export it. Maybe they could change it to look more like an Excel sheet, and we can customize the graphics and data. We suggested these improvements to Zerto through their portal.""We learned that we got a new account representative supporting our account. I found this out today. Apparently, this is something that they kicked off at the beginning of this year, but there has been a failure in communication in letting us know who is the proper channel for us to reach out to if we need assistance.""There should be an automatic installation in a cluster. When I add a virtual client or ESX source to the cluster, it should automatically install that. There should be automatic installation. Currently, I have to do that manually.""The VPG model causes us a bit of concern. We are considering using Zerto to replace Site Recovery Manager. Site Recovery Manager is very easy when we have entire data scores being replicated. We don't have to make any decisions when it comes to groupings. It is all covered. If we move to Zerto, which we are considering, we will have to work much closer with the applications teams to develop the VPG configuration and determine how the VMs will be grouped. It will be a lot more overhead for us to go that route.""More user support would be best for me because I'm not in the product all the time. So, having strong support is probably the most important decision on any products that we buy.""This solution could be improved if it met all the requirements that we look for including supporting multiple operating systems. We would prefer to use one solution for DR and backup.""They could improve their online documentation.""Not all of the knowledge required for implementing Zerto is available in their online documentation for non-partners."

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  • "The price could be lower."
  • "Nakivo is cheaper per machine and per backup."
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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: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 »
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    Top Answer:It's very stable. It doesn't require a lot of intervention.
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    Also Known As
    Zerto Virtual Replication
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    Nakivo is a backup and recovery software tool that provides fast, reliable, and affordable VM backup, replication, and DR for virtual, cloud, and SaaS environments. The solution includes reliable ransomware protection for backups stored locally, in the cloud, or on tape. It is a suitable option for companies of all sizes.

    Nakivo Features

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

    • Reliable backups: The solution allows you to create incremental, app-aware backups for your virtual, cloud, physical, and SaaS workloads.
    • Multiple destinations: With Nakivo, you can implement the 3-2-1 strategy by storing backups on site, offsite, on tape, or in the cloud.
    • Instant verification: The solution’s instant verification feature makes it possible for you to test your backups and replicas to ensure successful and rapid ransomware recovery instantly.
    • Ransomware-proof backups: This feature makes backups in cloud storage and local Linux repositories immutable.
    • Instant and full recoveries: Instantly restore full VMs or files, folders, and application objects from compressed backups.
    • Automated disaster recovery: With Nakivo you can use VM replicas to automatically launch failover and failback and ensure continuous availability.
    • Immutability: Protect backups from ransomware encryption and accidental modification with the solution’s immutability feature. Immutable backups use the write-once-read-many (WORM) technology to store an unaltered copy of sensitive data that you can safely recover.

    Nakivo Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Nakivo. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Offsite backups: With Nakivo you can send backups offsite, to tape, or cloud storage (Amazon S3, Wasabi, Azure Blob, Backblaze B2) for more reliable protection against ransomware.
    • Minimize downtime: The solution offers a variety of ransomware recovery options to resume your IT operations almost instantly after an attack.
    • Offer backup as a service: Nakivo enables managed service providers to deliver backup as a service, protecting up to 1,000 tenants within one deployment of the solution.
    • Reliable protection for all workloads: With this solution, you can perform image-based, application-aware, incremental backups for virtual, physical, cloud, SaaS, and mixed workloads. You can also create up to 4,000 recovery points per backup.
    • Offsite storage for better security: You can automatically send backup copies to a secondary repository off-site or to a public cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi, Azure Blob, Backblaze B2). This allows you to avoid a single point of failure.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Nakivo is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are that it is fast, simple to use, and has good cloud integration.

    Rahim K., Founder at CAE LLC, says, “Nakivo is fast and user-friendly. Compression over Ethernet is the best feature, and Nakivo's object-level restoration is also excellent. All the features are well designed, work properly, and meet our needs, and there are some extra features that we don't use.”

    Dustin P., IT Systems / Security / Communications Administrator at Bennett International Group, LLC, comments, "Cloud integration is valuable because the ability to not only backup locally, but to the cloud, has been a great addition to the already fantastic product."

    Colin A., Director at A-Tech Services Limited, mentions, "The speed of the backups and replications is fantastic and, for the most part, the simplicity of use has been wonderful."

    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
    Coca Cola, Honda, 3M, University of Arizona, University of Maryland, University of Arkansas, Johns Hopkins University, Marriott, United States Military Academy West Point, Greenpeace, China Airlines, Radisson Hotels and Resorts, Fujifilm
    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 Company15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Construction Company8%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Insurance Company13%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business77%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise7%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Nakivo vs. Zerto
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nakivo vs. Zerto and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    Nakivo is ranked 5th in Backup and Recovery with 36 reviews while Zerto is ranked 2nd in Backup and Recovery with 103 reviews. Nakivo is rated 9.6, while Zerto is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Nakivo writes "Our clients tell us they appreciate the user-friendly interface and the space savings they realize from compression". 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 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 and Dell RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines. See our Nakivo vs. Zerto report.

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