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Windows Administrator 3 at a insurance company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
Simple and stable disaster recovery solution with fast failover
Pros and Cons
  • "Stable disaster recovery solution with a very simple setup and fast failover."
  • "The limitation with Zerto is that you're required to have one Zerto Manager per virtual center, and this means that you're only able to replicate one way. Technical support for this product was fantastic, before they were acquired by HP. You're now able to tell that the company is becoming too big, in terms of the support they provide."

What is our primary use case?

Zerto is our primary means of failing over our critical production loads that have a relatively low RPO/RTO. This is our use case for this solution.

What is most valuable?

What we like best about Zerto is its fast failover to another data center. It is simple and it works.

What needs improvement?

The limitation with Zerto is that you're required to have one Zerto Manager per virtual center, and this means that we're only able to replicate one way using this solution. Now, we are evaluating the clustering of Zerto with Microsoft clustering, so we can replicate both ways and both data centers, and have the management server in both data centers.

Historically, Zerto has started going into the backup space, and that is when they lost focus on keeping their replication product good. Now, it seems they're finally leaving that backup space, and they're just sticking with replication, so in version 9, they have fixed all of my gripes about the product, e.g. they now support VMware tags, Windows bringing over the time on the target side, etc. All of these little things, they are all correcting, because they're now sticking with the replication product.

For how long have I used the solution?

It's been five years since I started using Zerto.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Zerto is a single use case product and it works flawlessly. It is stable.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support for this product was absolutely fantastic, but that was before they were acquired by HP. They are still good, but I can tell the company is becoming too big.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't previously use a different solution, as this was the first use case or first requirement that we needed to have under a 24-hour RPO/RTO.

How was the initial setup?

The setup for Zerto was very simple.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented this solution in-house. Implementation only took less than a day to complete. Zerto was ready to use in our environment for a DR (disaster recovery) exercise weeks later.

What was our ROI?

The return on investment from Zerto was immediate. Instead of having legacy DR failover exercises that involved multiple teams and weekends work of activity, now a single user can fail over everything and get reports to prove that it was failed over and the data integrity was all done. As far as people hours and time, the ROI was instant.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Zerto is fairly expensive. We are on a perpetual three-year subscription, but for my less than 300 VMs that we needed this functionality for, it is worth it. I'm not aware of any additional costs beyond the standard fees for this product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate Commvault LiveSync, Veeam, and Dell solutions, though I don't even remember what the Dell product was. We did go through RFP. We went with Zerto because it was simple and it worked, and we didn't have to worry about doing anything else.

What other advice do I have?

We're a Commvault and Zerto customer.

We are on Zerto 8.5, and we are evaluating version 9 update 3.

I have no impression on the scalability of this solution, because we haven't really grown yet. We have 300 endpoints and we've always been in that range. I can't tell how Zerto fares if there's more than 300 endpoints.

We have a primary asset owner who uses this solution, who gets feedback from other IT infrastructure teams of whether their servers need to have a low RPO/RTO. That single asset owner will then put those in Zerto. For deployment and maintenance, we have the primary asset owner, then there's a backup person. The primary asset owner does everything, but if the asset owner isn't available, the backup person will help with support roles.

We don't have plans of increasing Zerto usage, as we've always had a relatively static critical VM count of around 300, e.g. we've gone down to 260, we've gone up to 300, but it's always in a range that's close to 300.

My advice to people looking into implementing this product is that if you have less than a 24-hour RPO/RTO and you need it to work in your target location, then there's no other product for it other than Zerto.

My rating for Zerto is a nine out of ten, because nothing is perfect. Nine is the best rating I could give for this solution, but the key takeaway is that it is a single use case product and it does the job.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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ESLAM ELSAYAAD - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solution Architect at ICT Misr
Real User
Top 10
Effective disaster recovery, two site synchronization, and cost effective
Pros and Cons
  • "VMware SRM is very effective between two sites with identical twin storage, you can have synchronization between the two sites."
  • "We have had an issue when some customers have traditional designs and sites. For example, on one another site, they are using hyper-converged, using VMware, or Nutanix. We have a problem with the synchronization between the storage for site to site. This is the main issue. We are adding some other tools to support the synchronization to allow the movement of the workload from site to site easily."

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution to serve our customers in different sectors.

We are using VMware SRM as a disaster recovery solution for our customers. We are working with vSphere, vSAN, and other infrastructure VMware solutions. VMware SRM is completing the solution.

What is most valuable?

VMware SRM is very effective between two sites with identical twin storage, you can have synchronization between the two sites. 

What needs improvement?

We have had an issue when some customers have traditional designs and sites. For example, on one another site, they are using hyper-converged, using VMware, or Nutanix. We have a problem with the synchronization between the storage for site to site. This is the main issue. We are adding some other tools to support the synchronization to allow the movement of the workload from site to site easily.

Not all customers have VMware in all workloads. Some customers have a difference, VMware environments, such as Red Hat or Nutanix. VMware SRM is very effective for VMware customers. However, when you have other workflows with other vendors, you can not always use this solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VMware SRM for approximately 12 years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

VMware SRM we mainly use for our mid-size business customers. For small business-sized customers, we have different solutions we can deliver, such as Veeam. If they are a small customer that does not have a professional DR site we have a variety of solutions we can deliver depending on the customer's needs.

Enterprise businesses have many VM and the amount depends on the design of the data centers, which storage is being used, or is it hyper-converged or converged. We are choosing the best solution depending on the customer's need.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

When comparing the difference between VMware SRM and Dell EMC RecoverPoint there are many differences between them both. VMware SRM is an automated tool for disaster recovery, RecoverPoint can do a similar job but it has better protection more than an automated tool for moving VMs. 

With our customers, we are delivering both solutions, Recovery Point and SRM, because they already had the Dell EMC storage and owned Dell Recovery Point, we only added the VMware SRM tool for moving the VMs and storing them from site to site, as an automated tool.

Dell RecoverPoint has the edge over VMware SRM in one area because they can work with other vendors, not only Dell EMC. Some customers have workloads on the cloud, Dell RecoverPoint is very effective for them.

I have used Veeam and other solutions.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of VMware SRM depends on how many VMs the customer has to move. There is a difference between the standard and enterprise license. I'm presenting the standard license to my customers because the total of VMs is not more than 50. The customer needs only the standard license and the cost is very effective for him.

What other advice do I have?

I rate VMware SRM an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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Tommy Myo Min Aung - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Beneficial pricing model, user friendly interface, and many free features
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is a user-friendly interface."
  • "The solution could improve by having a version to be compatible with the Linux system. They have improved the storage depository using the Linux proxy and Linux storage, but it can completely run on the Linux environment it would be much better."

What is our primary use case?

We use Veeam Backup Replication for the data center, desktop recovery, daily backups, and for storage offline.

What is most valuable?

The solution is a user-friendly interface.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by having a version to be compatible with the Linux system. They have improved the storage depository using the Linux proxy and Linux storage, but it can completely run on the Linux environment it would be much better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Veeam Backup & Replication since version six which is approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Veeam Backup Replication is highly reliable. One engineer can cover the entire backup solution for the whole organization.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have found Veeam Backup Replication to be scalable.

We have between 500 - 1,000 users using this solution.

How are customer service and support?

We have not needed to contact technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have previously used a Dell. However, Dell was difficult to restore backups and Veeam Backup Replication was a better fit for our needs.

We would like to have the Veeam Backup Replication from the VMware or Hyper-V direct to the tape library.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward, it does not take long to do approximately 45 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation in-house.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Veeam Backup Replication has a lot of free features. We have a mixture of the paid versions as well as the community version. They are really helpful to us.

We have approximately 200 instances of Veeam Backup Replication with paid licenses and we use the community edition for the small offices.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Veeam Backup Replication a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Buyer's Guide
Disaster Recovery (DR) Software
September 2022
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