Continuous Data Protection for Greater IT Resilience – Zerto Briefing Note

The need for data protection transformation is pressing. Typically, IT employs multiple point solutions with long backup windows to provide “best effort” recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs). However, in today’s business environment, a “best effort” RPO or RTO is nothing short of a critical risk.

Modern businesses rely on a growing set of applications for critical operations. Meanwhile, data continues to grow in importance – as do simultaneously the number of increasingly sophisticated malware attacks. In response, strict compliance regulations are emerging.

Against this backdrop, downtime and data loss are increasingly unacceptable. Speed of recovery is critical, and unprecedented levels of granularity in terms of how often data is backed up are required. At the same time, data and workloads must be able to move freely across the multi- and hybrid cloud environments that have become today’s norm.

Zerto 7

Zerto is evolving in tandem with the industry, building from its disaster recovery roots with its more holistic IT Resilience Platform. The platform was first announced at Zerto’s ZertoCON conference in May 2018. It converges backup, disaster recovery, replication, hybrid and multi-cloud data management, and migration as well as orchestration.

The concept of continuous data protection underpins Zerto’s IT Resilience Platform. In terms of how the platform functions, it combines powerful replication and journaling so that after a full replica only the changes are taken at intervals set by the user, and all input/output (I/O) changes to data are recorded in application-specific journals. When it comes time to restore, a copy is rebuilt quickly from a combination of the replica and the journaled changes.

The upcoming Zerto 7, due to be launched in April 2019, moves the needle on Zerto’s continuous data protection vision with new “Elastic Journal” capabilities. Where currently Zerto journaling goes back 30 days, Elastic Journaling provides unlimited journaling – enabling customers to recover full or partial replica copies from any point in time, including just seconds prior. When integrated with Zerto’s core competencies around continuous replication, the approach merges a long-term data repository and the current journal technology  providing a continuous stream of recovery points.

Zerto 7 also includes “Data Protection Workflows,” which enable files to be automatically recovered from any location (on-premises or cloud repositories), to the desired point in time thus simplifying the user experience. Zerto has also added intelligent index and search as well as analytics capabilities – which help businesses to be more informed about what they are backing up, and their ability to recover to acceptable RPOs and RTOs.

StorageSwiss Take

The concept of IT resiliency addresses the market need for a more proactive as opposed to reactive approach to business continuity and data protection. Zerto’s new Elastic Journaling capabilities fit the bill for IT professionals seeking to address strict service level agreements (SLAs) for minimal (or ideally no) data loss. Its more advanced index and search capabilities help businesses better respond to compliance regulations and to be smarter about their approaches to data protection, as it will provide a clearer and more holistic picture of their infrastructure and data stores. As Zerto takes on larger conversations around business continuity, it faces a crowded market with a wide range of competitors including Dell EMC, CommVault, Rubrik and CloudEndure. Its historical sweet spot at the intersection point of cloud, virtualization and replication provides a sound springboard for this foray.

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Senior Analyst, Krista Macomber produces analyst commentary and contributes to a range of client deliverables including white papers, webinars and videos for Storage Switzerland. She has a decade of experience covering all things storage, data center and cloud infrastructure, including: technology and vendor portfolio developments; customer buying behavior trends; and vendor ecosystems, go-to-market positioning, and business models. Her previous experience includes leading the IT infrastructure practice of analyst firm Technology Business Research, and leading market intelligence initiatives for media company TechTarget.

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