MSP Today Expert Feature
November 16, 2016

Zerto Virtual Replication Version 5.0 Hits Markets


Managed service provider (MSP) operations are set to get a significant boost thanks to a new development from Zerto, which recently brought out its Virtual Replication 5.0 tool—an update of its Enterprise Cloud Edition—to wide availability. Offering some first-of-its-kind operations, the new system should prove a welcome addition to many lineups as it delivers value in some unexpected ways.

The new Zerto Virtual Replication 5.0 is, at last report, the only platform to provide both heterogenous data and application protection in one system, offering new options in managing hybrid cloud operations and offering new replication and mobility services alongside it. It's received some further augmentation in recent days, including new support for Microsoft (News - Alert) Azure. This allows it a place in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, where it can be found today.

Those putting the system to work will find a much easier path to hybrid cloud operations, including the ability to both protect and recover virtual machines operating in any environment. That makes it useful for everything from public clouds all the way to on-premises data centers, and thanks to the One-to-Many replication system, it can do its work under many different retention policies and service-level agreements (SLAs).

Since the system works so well in different environments, that means the potential for major cost savings as well; companies can adopt environments where they only pay for what's used, and since there's no longer a need to set up and operate disaster recovery sites, the end result means less redundancy and ultimately less waste. There are also new journal capabilities that run for 30 days at a stretch, which means new retention policies are possible and a greater streamlining of the operation can take place. Since Zerto Mobile is also available, there's further versatility for disaster recovery and other options.

Versatility seems to be the order of the day with the new Zerto release, and with good reason; since cloud-based operations have been on the rise—some estimates figure that, just next year, businesses will be spending around a third of total IT budgets on cloud-based systems—having the means to better execute deployments and keep these systems operating will likely be a priority in the short term. So for companies like Zerto to step in with a new way to make cloud-based systems easier to bring into play could be a point that gives it some edge in the field.

Available now in the Azure Marketplace or with Zerto's channel partners—over 1,500 at last report—we should be hearing reports about how well this system works fairly soon. If all goes as planned, meanwhile, there should be many happy new firms out there, and Zerto itself first among them, flush with new sales.




Edited by Alicia Young




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