ZertoCON 2019: IT Resiliency Redefined
Redefining IT resiliency was the core message at ZertoCON this year. With the backdrop of increased cloud adoption, addressing the fragmentation in data estate and the associated management complexity was front and center for Zerto. The launch of the new Zerto 7.0 platform positions Zerto to expand its message beyond replication of critical workloads to solving the broader data protection challenges faced by enterprises. Zerto 7.0 expands continuous journal-based technology to protect a broader swatch of workloads. In doing so, it enables use cases beyond traditional workload protection to backup and long-term retention. More specifically, it brings a few exciting capabilities including:
- Expanded focus on recovery
- Automated data protection workflows that make recovery easier and more consistent across short- and long-term data retention stores
- New retention policy settings for daily, weekly, monthly and annual cycles to copy the recovery data to cheaper long-term-release repositories
- Support to accelerate the application recovery process for Microsoft Azure
- Improved analytics
Simply put, Zerto is positioning the new platform to eliminate a lot of different data protection and management tools and the complexity that goes with them. The reality is a bit more nuanced given a well-established and mature space like backups and will take a considerable bit of evolution on Zerto’s end beyond their 7.0 release. As a service provider with an extensive focus on managing and protecting mission-critical workloads, we can attest to the challenges of managing enterprise backups, the complexity of snapshots, replication schedules, distributed data sets, and esoteric performance characteristics of some legacy workloads.
Near-term, we see tremendous opportunity in our expanded Managed DRaaS offering in two specific areas:
- Reducing friction by bringing greater automation and visibility, including a richer pane of analytics that are tied into our cloud management platform (Proximity).
- Improving effectiveness by automating the failover validation; we have launched a new feature called Proving Ground that provides the ability to schedule (weekly at this time) failover tests on VPG(s), with automatic execution and reporting.
We are equally excited to further our partnership across VMware, Microsoft, and Zerto to enable the vision of protecting data anywhere, anytime, and across any workload, in an increasingly multi-cloud world.