Zerto Benefits and How It Works

December 15, 2015 High Availability Blog Articles

Zerto’s replication software provides the flexibility, scalability, and user-friendliness that companies with demanding VMware environments require. Whether it’s partial server loss, downtime from scheduled maintenance, or an unplanned disaster – Baseline Data Services utilizes Zerto technology to virtually eliminate downtime and data loss for virtualized infrastructures.

How It Works

Zerto pairs unparalleled flexibility with a high degree of user friendliness, providing enterprise-class data replication tailored to virtual infrastructures. Zerto is equipped with an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) for simplified usage and manageability. To replicate a specific virtual machine (VM), you simply select it in VMware vSphere vCenter, and with a few clicks the replication process begins. Most of the replication process is automated, ensuring that it occurs simply, unobtrusively, and without the need for excessive maintenance or management.

Zerto is a hypervisor-based technology, meaning that it is installed directly within your company’s virtual infrastructure. Unlike other replication technologies that utilize snapshots, this integrated approach allows Zerto to replicate data in a way that does not affect application performance. You can choose how many and which VMs you want to replicate, and you can group them so that you can restore entire applications, rather than just one or two VMs that are essentially useless on their own. This maximizes uptime; since the necessary VMs for a particular application are restored at the same time, you have almost immediate use of that business-critical application. You can also encapsulate whichever VMs and data are part of an application to ensure that it is protected and restored with write-order fidelity. Altogether, this ensures database consistency.

Zerto services tier 1 applications such as SQL, Oracle, and SAP, in addition to tier 2 and tier 3 applications. Zerto specifically caters to the security of the Baseline private cloud environment while providing a single pane of glass view for all IT assets. This solution is multi-site, multi-tenant, and technology agnostic. In other words, Zerto can use shared clusters and storage to protect applications between multiple locations on a single infrastructure, regardless of which storage technology is used. Management is centralized so that a single console can be used to oversee various sites and customers. Plus, failover, failback and testing are all automated within both vCenter and vCloud environments, ensuring maximum ease-of-use and minimum complexity.


Benefits of Zerto Replication and HA

Zerto allows you to recover critical applications almost instantly and automatically, providing a recovery point objective (RPO) of seconds and a recovery time objective (RTO) of minutes. Zerto also provides a journal-based, point-in-time recovery for any point in time up to 14 days in the past. This means that companies have the ability to recover from logical errors such as corruptions, viruses, failed maintenance, user and operator errors, and more.

Just some of the key benefits of Zerto include:

  • Redundant data stores
  • Scalable data replication
  • Scale-out replication architecture
  • Automated failover to host server
  • Easier updating and upgrading, without going offline
  • Recovery of one, all or a subset of virtualized applications

Zerto’s hypervisor-based approach provides granularity, or the ability to replicate regardless of scale – whether it be a single VM, a group of VMs, or an entire virtual application. This does not require any additional hardware, and you can still move VMs from one physical server or data store to another without interrupting the replication process. Because Zerto’s solution is hardware-agnostic, all storage arrays are supported, from Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network-Attached Storage (NAS) to virtual disk types such as Raw Device Mapping (RDM) and VMWare File System (VMFS).


Maximizing The Benefits

Being able to replicate data is one thing, but being able to replicate virtual machines at the level of simplicity, scalability, and flexibility that Zerto supplies is unparalleled. Baseline Data Services utilizes Zerto technology to maximize uptime and eliminate downtime for virtualized infrastructures. This solution is revolutionary compared to the traditional array-based replication solutions that simply cannot provide the same simplicity for virtual environments, especially without affecting performance.

When it comes to Baseline Data Services and Zerto technology, it’s all about business continuity in the most effective and least intrusive way possible. We have the unique expertise to tie in Zerto replication with failover solutions and provide partial failover in the case of loss of only a subset of business-critical servers or applications. We can also host your data in our geographically secure, highly audited and managed private cloud environment that optimizes replication solutions. Coupled with Baseline Data Services’ DR solutions, companies get the most out of their DR plan and replication software, including safety and availability 24/7/365, with the lowest possible RPO and RTO.

In today’s increasingly virtual environment, having a business continuity plan that can keep pace with cutting-edge technology is essential. To eliminate downtime and achieve simple and secure data replication, contact Baseline at 317-707-3941.

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