Zerto released Virtual Replication version 4.0. Virtual Replication is a virtual machine protection solution which does replication on the hypervisor level. It does does not use complex array based replication and thus is storage agnostic. Zerto Virtual Replication is specially targeted at enterprises and service providers.
Virtual Replication 4.0 adds a couple of very interesting new features:
a new HTML5 user interface
the ability to replicate from VMware vSphere on-premises to Amazon cloud
the ability to replicate from Hyper-V to Amazon cloud
the ability to replicate from vSphere to Hyper-V and reverse
vSphere 6.0 support
One of the interesting “hidden features” of Zerto is that it can save you on license costs for software replicated to the recovery site. Some software vendors like Oracle let their customers believe replicated software needs to be licensed as well. So they like to charge you twice! The way Zerto presents replicated virtual machines in the recovery site is such that Oracle does not charge you for licenses at the DR site.. One piece of advise: discuss this with Oracle and send a letter to Oracle legal about your intentions. For more info this webinar is highly recommended.
The RPO of Virtual Replication is a couple of seconds. This is sufficient for almost any organization and makes array based replication obsolete.
Array based replication has many disadvantages when used in combination with VMware Site Recovery Manager. To install SRM you will need to have knowledge of the array replication software. Not only that, SRM uses a Storage Replication Adapter to communicate with the array. Each storage array requires a specific SRA. While installing the SRA is a next-next-finish exercise, getting SRM+SRA+storage array operational can be a challenge. Add the possible additional licensing costs for replication features of the array.
A free trial of Zerto Virtual Replication 4.0 is available here.
This video shows a demo of protecting VM by replicating those to Amazon AWS.
Peasoup is a service provider which uses Zerto Virtual Replication to protect virtual machines of its customers. The DRaaS provider created a comprehensive video showing various scenario’s:
Peasoup also wrote a blogpost on Virtual Replication 4.0 here.
The Zerto pressrelease on Zerto Virtual Replication 4.0 is here.
What’s New in Zerto Virtual Replication 4.0 Datasheet
Zerto Virtual Replication for Amazon Web Services Datasheet
Zerto Cross-Hypervisor Replication Datasheet
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