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Senior System Engineer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
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It has decreased both RPO and RTO significantly

What is our primary use case?

Replication of business critical VMware VMs over WAN to the remote disaster recovery datacenter.

What is most valuable?

The benefits are obvious: The simplicity of the setup and the speed of replication.

The speed of WAN replication is great. It is faster compared to RecoverPoint and 20 VMs replicating over a 20Mbps VPN, which has a RPO less than one minute. Of course, your mileage will vary.

How has it helped my organization?

Compared to the previous DR replication solution, Zerto has decreased both RPO and RTO significantly.

What needs improvement?

In Zerto for vSphere, it is a pain to remove the virtual appliance if for some reason you lose the host.

Make sure to understand how Zerto supports Microsoft/SQL Clusters - more of an advice to the companies thinking of implementing Zerto.

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For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
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You can clearly see if something is not quite right in your disaster recovery plan before you have an actual disaster

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use Zerto Virtual Replication to protect groups of servers in our production data center, replicating them to a secondary site. We also protect essential test and dev servers.

I have also used it in a past role to carry out a datacenter migration project. 

What is most valuable?

The single pane of glass in Zerto Virtual Replication and ease of use is what makes Zerto different from other replication products that I have used in the past. You can clearly see if something is not quite right in your disaster recovery plan before you have an actual disaster.

How has it helped my organization?

Zerto has made Disaster Recover and Business Continuity Planning tests much easier and quicker. Even when doing 'Live' tests, we are able to confirm beforehand that everything looks OK. This means less time troubleshooting on the day of the test.

What needs improvement?

The product is improving all the time and I think the Zerto team have quite a good handle on things. I found the Local ZertoCON meetup/conference particularly useful to hear about different user cases. However, sometimes it feels like the QA is not great, as the previous two updates have been bug fixes.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
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Senior Manager of IT at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
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Meets all the ticks when looking for a DR solution.

Valuable Features:

Meets all the ticks when looking for a Disaster Recovery Product/Service. Low RPO exceptional RTS. Integrates directly with vCentre Server. Easy to use.

Room for Improvement:

Needs better reporting.
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Senior Operations Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Gives us efficient replication over narrow WAN bandwidth
Pros and Cons
  • "VMware VM replication over narrow WAN bandwidth."
  • "It needs to support more public cloud."
  • "It works only for a virtual platform, it does not support bare metal."

How has it helped my organization?

Improved the DR RPO and BCP.

What is most valuable?

VMware VM replication over narrow WAN bandwidth.

What needs improvement?

It needs to support more public cloud, especially in China.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues so far.

How are customer service and technical support?

Excellent.

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

No previous solution.

How was the initial setup?

Very simple.

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

It's a little bit expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Tested several other products such as NAKIVO, Veeam, VM Replication. Zerto proved to have better replication efficiency over WAN bandwidth.

What other advice do I have?

It works only for a virtual platform, it does not support bare metal. If you're looking for a comprehensive solution for both virtual and physical platforms, then Veeam is a preferable solution.

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Cloud Solution Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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I can safely deploy it on an ISP environment because it's designed with isolation and multi-tenancy in mind.

Valuable Features

  • Interoperability between Hyper-V, ESX, vCloud, and AWS.
  • Very easy to use
  • Reliable
  • Fast
  • Also the architecture (on the ISP side) is designed with isolation and multi-tenancy in mind, so it's safely deployable on an ISP environment.

Improvements to My Organization

It allows smooth migrations which would be a lot more difficult with other technologies.

Room for Improvement

  • A "manual mode" which would allow the user to failover the VMs but keeping them powered off at destination
  • More powerful scripting engine
  • Ability to move protected VMs between VPGs
  • More reliable ETA on VPG syncronization
  • root-level user for VRA installation ( at the moment the user "root" is hardcoded )
  • Bandwidth throttling schedule should include days of week

Use of Solution

I've used it for four months.

Deployment Issues

Not at all.

Stability Issues

There were no issues.

Scalability Issues

There were no issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Great pre-sales experience, and good support.

Technical Support:

8/10.

Initial Setup

It was pretty straightforward.

Other Advice

I love the application, and it has become essential in my work.

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Some of the valuable features are journal, consistency groups, and resiliency
Pros and Cons
  • "Consistency Groups: If you replicate groups of VMs, then during failover, all of the VMs in groups are failed over to the exact same point in time."
  • "I would like to see a couple of details regarding awareness of VM events coming outside of ZVR."

What is most valuable?

  • Journal: ZVR uses a journal of history changes. Whenever you need to failover a VM or group of VMs, you have the ability to choose a Point in Time to which those replicas should be switched. For instance, if a disaster occurs at 10:05:00, you can failover with replicas to 10:04:55.
  • Consistency Groups: If you replicate groups of VMs, then during failover, all of the VMs in groups are failed over to the exact same point in time.
  • Resiliency: ZVR is resilient to Zerto infrastructure component restarts and loss of connection between sites which are automatically handled. The ZVR is very lightweight it doesn't use snapshots and has close to zero impact on production VMs and many others. It lets you get your files from Windows based VMs without failing over to replica VMs.

How has it helped my organization?

Before ZVR, we had many limitations in case of protecting production VMs during working hours. This primarily came from frequent VM snapshots impacting users. ZVR lets us protect our VMs without any impact upon users and greatly improved our RPOs from hours to seconds.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a couple of details regarding awareness of VM events coming outside of ZVR. This could be a user reverting VM back to an older snapshot, which can sometimes screw up the replica, but nothing major besides it is affected.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used this solution for over three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were no issues with deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

ZVR can handle thousands of VMs, so there were issues with scalability here.

How are customer service and technical support?

Support is very quick in their response time and most of issues are solved in a matter of hours.

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

We were using Veeam Replication which is based on snapshots. However, ZVR has no snaphosts, zero impact on production, and improves RPOs seamlessly.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward and can be done in less than one hour. You can then start replicating between two sites.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation in-house.

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

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before ZVR, I evaluated Veeam Replication, vSphere Replication, and RecoverPoint for VMs.

What other advice do I have?

If you need to replicate your VMs with RPOs of seconds, then Zerto is certainly the way to go.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company is a business partner of Zerto.
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it_user6492 - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Consultant
It works great, taking BC\DR to a whole new level.

It works great, taking BC\DR to a whole new level; even though it's a "young" product and still has lots of improvements to do, it will allow for every company to implement a successful BC\DR strategy

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it_user734157 - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Backup Engineer at a tech services company
Consultant
​Provides a simple wizard to install, but is missing compatibility with multi-tiered applications for testing

What is most valuable?

It is easy to setup and manage.

How has it helped my organization?

Provides a simple interface for VM DR.

What needs improvement?

Needs compatibility with multi-tiered applications, such as Sharepoint, for testing.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

Fair, depending on which location you get in contact with: They can be difficult to deal with and don't understand the product in which they are servicing.

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

Not applicable.

How was the initial setup?

It is very straightforward. A simple wizard to install.

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

I didn't personally deal with the licensing structure.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

You should evaluate Site Recovery Manager by VMware. It is more expensive, but works better.

What other advice do I have?

Ensure you run an evaluation and test failovers to verify it will meet your individualized needs.

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