Zerto pushing true business resilience in global roadshow

Speaking at Melbourne’s leg of the global ZertoCON roadshow - along with a number of key partners including Pronto, NetApp, Macquarie Cloud Services and Zettagrid - Zerto’s president Paul Zeiter spoke to how the business is moving away from traditional disaster recovery or business continuity, to a greater focus on resilience.

Adjusting easily to misfortune or change, Zeiter said, is the key focus for Zerto. One of the big challenges facing companies today is the need to change the way they think about coping with change. Traditional approaches to managing change and disruption were predicated on working with physical systems. But those models don't work optimally with highly virtualised environments.

This is what drove Zerto to move system replication away from the server to the hypervisor layer in 2011.

"In 2017, outages are no longer tolerable," said Zeiter.

With security being such a major concern, Zeiter said it's critical to be able to quickly recover from attacks. And seasonal factors can result in increased system demand resulting in diminished performance. And with hybrid environments becoming prevalent - Gartner says 7% of businesses will have a hybrid cloud strategy by 2020 and 88% will have a cloud first strategy - it's critical to have a way to migrate and replicate systems easily.

This has been one of the drivers that has led Zerto to develop their one-to-many replication model where a virtualised workload running in a private cloud or on-prem can be replicated to multiple other services. For example, that could include replicating to another site, Microsoft Azure, AWS or a Managed Service Provider.

In coming weeks, a new release will also support replicating across cloud providers and support for cross-hypervisor replication. That will allow a company to replicate workloads running on Vmware with one service provider to replicate with another running Hyper-V.

Zeiter said Zerto's focus continues to be on delivering fast and effective replication of virtualised systems. An important element of Zerto's feature set, he said, is the ability to retain 30 days of journaled changes, which allows businesses to rethink their entire backup regime.

For service providers, Zeiter says the cloud provides opportunities to build Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and offer it to clients.

Zerto is embracing new technologies such as mobile apps so administrators can look into their environment from a smartphone. While Zerto has long had capability with AWS - performance of that feature set has been further improved this year - full Microsoft Azure replication has been introduced so users can exploit multi-platform replication.

For example, a company can now replicate systems into both AWS and Azure so they are not dependent on a single cloud platform.

Zeiter emphasised that while there's strong support for Hyper-V and Vmware, Zerto is also looking at support for KVM and Openstack, as well as containerised platforms, with support for those platforms dependent on changing customer needs.

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