Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 vs Zerto comparison

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Updated on Aug 13, 2023

We compared Veeam Backup for Office 365 and Zerto across several parameters based on our users' reviews. After reading the collected data, you can find our conclusion below:

  • Ease of Deployment: Veeam Backup for Office 365's setup process is uncomplicated and easy, demanding only a small amount of time and technical knowledge. Opinions on Zerto's setup were mixed, with some users finding it effortless and fast, while others encountered difficulties and needed more time for deployment.
  • Features: Veeam Backup for Office 365 is highly regarded for its reliability, user-friendly interface, and capability to securely store data in both cloud and local settings. Zerto is appreciated for its uninterrupted data safeguarding, swift restoration process, and user-friendly design.
  • Room for Improvement: Veeam Backup for Office 365 requires enhancements in integration, automation, performance, user interface, storage, clarity for multiple environments, and support for different protocols. Zerto could benefit from improvements in licensing, configuration in cloud environments, file restore functionality, PowerShell scripting, replication to multiple sites, and retention and recovery indexing.
  • Pricing: Veeam Backup for Office 365's cost is not included in the O365 licenses and is charged per mailbox. It is seen as reasonable and affordable by most users, although some find it expensive. Zerto's pricing is in line with what is typically seen in the industry, but there are differing opinions on its complexity. 
  • ROI: Veeam saves resources and storage, and prevents incidents and data corruption. Zerto provides time and cost savings, ease of use, and improved regulatory compliance.
  • Service and Support: Customers generally praised the customer service and support of Veeam Backup for Office 365, describing it as good, very responsive, helpful, and quick in resolving issues. Zerto's support has received mixed feedback. While some customers have had positive experiences and found the support to be generally good with a helpful and responsive technical team, there are concerns raised, particularly after Zerto's acquisition by HP.

Comparison Results: Veeam Backup for Office 365 is highly regarded for its stability, ease of use, and flexibility in backing up and recovering data. It seamlessly integrates with Office 365 and offers various storage options, all presented in a user-friendly interface. However, it does not have integration with SharePoint and its performance can be inconsistent. Zerto is praised for its continuous data protection and quick recovery capabilities. It has an intuitive interface and efficiently creates virtual machines. However, it requires a more complex initial setup and could improve in areas such as licensing granularity and long-term retention features. 

To learn more, read our detailed Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 vs. Zerto Report (Updated: March 2024).
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"Once you set it up, it works very well. You do not have to go back to reconfigure it– it is very easy to use""The most valuable feature is the capability to back up not only to the cloud but also to your local environment so a copy of your data can be kept on-prem.""The most valuable features of the solution are the scalability and the free license of up to ten VMs.""It is very easy to integrate. You can do it very fast.""The most valuable feature of Veeam Backup for Office 365 is its performance. Additionally, the user interface and documentation are easy to use and navigate.""Veeam Backup gives you the option to backup your data from the cloud to on-premises.""Veeam makes modular solutions, so you can install Veeam Backup for Office 365 and Veeam Backup and Replication in one single server. You can do an all in one installation, and roll it out.""The most valuable feature is the integration with our Teams environment."

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"The replication feature and DR functionality are most valuable. Zerto has many options when a new server is being provisioned.""We don't have to spend a whole lot of time worrying about DR and whether or not we are covered. Zerto just works. As it is replicating, we don't need to spend a whole lot of time with it. That is a huge benefit as far as daily management.""Its user interface is excellent, and when it comes to data duplication, Zerto is very fast.""The low RPO times of about four to eight seconds are very nice and very valuable to us.""Its ease of use and scalability are valuable.""We own another solution called VMware Site Recovery Manager, SRM. We have licenses for our entire environment and we still decided not to use it. That's how big the difference was in the experience that Zerto provides.""We can use Zerto to help protect our VMs.""It is incredibly granular and I really appreciate that."

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"The solution is costly.""When you add a new site for backup, it gives you a notice that there is a new site, but the way you select that and configure that could be slightly better. It works, but it is not always very clear. For example, for the URL, you need to hover over the title or the name of the site. You should see it immediately on the screen. It should have a better user interface for selecting what you want to back up so that you get a more clear overview of the sites that are there and the ones that you want to combine in a backup. Its user interface should be more user-friendly. It has a lot of scrolling and doesn't give you a complete overview when needed. That's the main thing why it is not very user-friendly. It should have a better user interface.""The customer service and support response time can be improved.""They need more documentation, awareness, and assistance.""It's a new product. It's not mature.""In some instances, a customer is not necessarily backing up Microsoft 365. For instance, they might be backing up a large Oracle database. It would be nice if they could tweak it to compress the file, so it's easier to transfer a huge file.""Veeam's performance is inconsistent.""Veeam is quite expensive."

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"Not all of the knowledge required for implementing Zerto is available in their online documentation for non-partners.""The technical support is hit or miss.""I want to have an OVF or some local deployment where I can deploy the ZVRA rather than having to push it from the console. Some of our smaller remote sites have relatively poor bandwidth, and they can't keep up with the constant deployment stream from our center console, meaning we have to find some creative hours to get around the bandwidth bottlenecks. If I could push out a small install file, install it locally, and then reach back to the console, that would be excellent.""The alerting doesn't quite give you the information about what exactly is going on when an issue comes up. We do get alerts inside of our vCenter, but it doesn't quite give you accurate information inside the plugin to be able to tell us what's going on without having to go into the actual Zerto application and figuring out what's causing the issue.""I would like to see them continuously improve Zerto's automated functions, such as putting hosts in maintenance mode within vSphere and not having to worry as much about how Zerto is going to react... Sometimes, Zerto almost holds the vSphere environment hostage when it comes to taking certain actions. You really need to be cognizant about what you're about to do. They should further automate that and increase Zerto's ability to handle things like that in a very slick, automated way, without intervention.""One thing I would like to see in their roadmap is introducing long-term storage in the cloud such as Azure or AWS. They can make it more seamless.""Overall, Zerto is doing a very good job. We have experienced a few downtimes on networking. Most of the time, they come up with a solution immediately to sort out any challenge that may affect data flow or data migration. It does not happen frequently. We might experience it once in two months, but when we face any downtime, it does not impact the data.""For what we got it for, it does it great. I use a different solution for my disk-to-disk local backups to where I can have a local backup of files. I don't think Zerto does that well to where it keeps a memory of the files that are there. Basically, when something is deleted on Zerto, it gets deleted on the replicated version. So, some sort of snapshotting or something where I could have backups at different points in time of files would be a really helpful tool."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I think it's a fair price. It's around $36 per user, so I think it's a fair price for our customers."
  • "The pricing is middle-of-the-road compared with competing products."
  • "I'm not sure about the price, but I think it could be lower."
  • "The cost is a bit on the high side."
  • "The pricing model makes this solution more expensive than it needs to be."
  • "This is not a stand-alone product and requires a standard Veeam license for your organization in addition to the cost of the solution."
  • "We looked at a few cloud options. When we did the comparison, we found it to be a cost-effective solution, and it included everything."
  • "The licensing price is quite high. It's expensive."
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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:AvePoint Cloud Backup for MS Office 365 is a SaaS backup whose features include secure storage and unlimited and automated backups. The storage is saved in AvePoint’s Azure storage or it can also be… more »
    Top Answer:The tool is easy to use and straightforward regarding restoration and creating backups. It's user-friendly, providing results and sending alerts when something goes wrong.
    Top Answer:It is an expensive product, and there is an additional cost involved in purchasing hardware. I rate the pricing an eight out of ten.
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    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
    Veeam Backup for Office 365, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365
    Zerto Virtual Replication
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    Veeam® Backup for Microsoft 365 aims to eliminate the risk of losing access and control over Microsoft 365 data including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams – so that data is always protected and accessible. Veeam gives the user secure backup of Microsoft 365 to any location, including on premises, a hyperscale cloud, or a service provider and:

    • Protects Microsoft 365 data from accidental deletion, security threats and retention policy gaps
    • Quickly restores individual Microsoft 365 email, files and sites with industry-leading recovery flexibility
    • Meet legal and compliance requirements with efficient eDiscovery of Microsoft 365 items

    NEW in version 6 - Self-Service Restore Portal for Microsoft 365 environments, empowering IT administrators to securely delegate restores of emails, files and more from one, centralized location. V6 also includes backup copy to Amazon S3 Glacier, Glacier Deep Archive and Azure Archive, enhancing cloud object storage integrations, which already include AWS S3, Azure Blob, IBM Cloud, Wasabi and other S3-compatible providers.

    The vendor offers a 30-day trial and a demo on Microsoft 365 backup.

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    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
    Columbia Power & Water Systems
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    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Insurance Company12%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise20%
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 vs. Zerto
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 vs. Zerto and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 is ranked 6th in Cloud Backup with 57 reviews while Zerto is ranked 3rd in Cloud Backup with 233 reviews. Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 is rated 8.2, while Zerto is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 writes "Useful instant backup and resort, reliable and responsive support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zerto writes "Gives us business continuity capabilities during hurricane season and in case of ransomware". Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 is most compared with AvePoint Cloud Backup, Acronis Cyber Protect, Commvault Cloud, Cirrus Backup and Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup, whereas Zerto is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware SRM, Rubrik, Dell RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines and Acronis Cyber Protect. See our Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 vs. Zerto report.

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