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Zerto 5.0 What will be new

Zerto have a new release very shortly, 5.0 With it a whole raft of new features. In their words lets take a look at what features are set to hit 5.0:

Replication and Recovery to Microsoft Azure


Building on the continuing trend of businesses looking to utilize the cloud as a disaster recovery site, ZVR 5.0 will support Microsoft Azure as a target platform. A Zerto Cloud Appliance (ZCA) running in an Azure Windows D3 v2 VM is used to store the replica data in a storage account. ZVR 5.0 only creates the recovery VMs upon initiation of a failover, test or migration from either Zerto interface. Replication from both VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments is possible with RPOs in seconds, multi-VM consistent Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs) and fully automated RTOs in minutes.


One-To-Many replication allows the simultaneous replication of a VM within the same site and to multiple remote sites. This includes replication from, between and to VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments as well as DRaaS to AWS & Azure.


This feature works by simply allowing a VM to be placed into multiple VPGs, each with their own journal retention and Service Level Agreement (SLA) settings for maximum flexibility. There is no impact to the performance of the protected VM or the RPO enabling a multitude of use cases:


  • Recover files & VMs directly to production or a recovery site
  • Protect VMs to new datacenters during migrations
  • Utilise the cloud for longer retention and DR
  • Protect individual VMs locally to recover 1 VM from a remote multi-VM VPG
  • Protect multiple application in 1 consistency group to a remote site for app boot ordering



Zerto Mobile


Uncertainty and a lack of confidence in the recovery process are problems that often stem from the difficulty of monitoring the protected environment. ZVR 5.0 solves this issue by introducing a new SaaS delivered mobile app, enabling the ability to remotely view the status of multiple Zerto Virtual Managers (ZVMs), Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs) and any alerts of running tasks from anywhere at any time, using a mobile phone.


The app will be available for both Android and iOS platforms. All data is sent encrypted over the internet where it is stored in an encrypted cloud service and database back-end. Access is controlled by MyZerto enabling the secure management of employees requiring access to the app.


30-Day Journal History


For businesses that require longer retention of data, in ZVR 5.0 point-in-time recovery from the Journal will be extended up to 30 days in the past as the maximum history is extended from the previous 14-day setting.   When coupled with journaling compression and the new One-to- Many feature, each VM can have a different Journal history which can be configured on a per-VPG basis, enabling efficient usage of local storage or cheaper remote cloud storage. With compression there is no change to the recommended Journal sizing of 7-10%.

New Platinum Sponsor – Vembu – VM backup & DR

Please let me introduce our newest Platinum Sponsor – Vembu. Vembu develop Backup & DR tools for virtualization and cloud and as we all know this is right up my street.


Vembu’s own words “Vision of Vembu: “To make software and cloud services very affordable for the hundreds of thousands of small and medium businesses worldwide”


Vembu’s flagship offering is the BDR Suite of products meant for on-premise, offsite, cloud backup and disaster recovery across diverse IT environments including physical, virtual, applications and endpoints. Since 2002, Vembu’s industry-recognized data protection solutions have delivered tangible value to more than 60,000 businesses worldwide through a network of 4000+ partners (MSPs/VARs & Resellers). With Data Centers of Small and Medium Businesses, Enterprise IT Administrator & Service Providers as its target audience, 70% of customers are from USA, 20% are from Europe and the remaining from APAC region.


Vembu BDR Suite:


The latest offering from Vembu, Vembu BDR Suite v3.5 is a comprehensive Backup & Disaster Recovery solution for heterogeneous and diverse IT environments. The products under Vembu BDR Suite v3.5 can be used by complex IT systems to a simple IT setup in small & midsize businesses. It is one of the most comprehensive solution in the market, serving environments like VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows, Linux and Mac and also providing flexible deployment options like offsite, cloud, on-premise and hybrid cloud.


Apart from products in the suite, Vembu also offers free products as below:


Free Desktop Image Backup

Free File Backup for Desktops

Free Vembu Universal Explorer Tool

Free Vembu Recovery CD


Vembu offers add-on products as well:


Vembu OffsiteDR: Vembu OffsiteDR offers added data protection, allowing users to replicate data to their very own data center from backup server. With this option users can now restore data directly from the OffsiteDR server which is similar as restoring from backup server with minimalistic downtime.


Vembu CloudDR: Vembu CloudDR offers added data protection by allowing you to transfer data to Vembu’s Cloud. With this option you can now directly restore the data on our cloud with minimalistic downtime


Vembu BDR360: Vembu BDR360 is the centralized monitoring and management portal that provides end to end visibility to all your IT environment backed up using the Vembu BDR Suite products. BDR360 can be used both by data center IT administrators and service providers offering managed services.


You might be thinking “not another backup vendor” but if you have read my previous comparisons or attended any of my VMUG sessions on Tips for backing up VMs then you’ll know I believe there is a space for everyone and if the product meets your needs and is cost effective then why not.


Please keep watching this space for announcements and reviews on Vembu.


Local Zerto Conference

Cool I just found out there is a local Zerto Conference happening on my backdoor in September. I love the Zerto idea and as more people move to the cloud I see more people asking for DR in the cloud. Anyway you’ll see me there and in their own words :


“Fresh off the success of ZertoCON, the industry’s premier business continuity conference held this past May, we’re proud to announce the launch of ZertoCON Local, the best of ZertoCON brought right to your backyard!


With over 30 global road shows planned from September through November, ZertoCON Local is a fantastic opportunity for you to:


  • Hear from industry experts about the BC/DR landscape
  • Educate yourself on hottest topics: ransomware, IT resiliency, and more
  • Get a glimpse into our latest product road map
  • Network with peers on tips, tricks, and best practices”


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