Zerto 9's New Backup and Disaster Recovery Features - Zerto

Zerto 9 Has Launched and it’s Packed With New Backup and Disaster Recovery Features

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Our focus with Zerto 9 has been to help organizations mitigate the real threat of ransomware and ensure that when all else fails, you can recover fast and to within seconds prior to an attack. In a recent IDC State of Data Protection and Disaster Recovery survey sponsored by Zerto, out of 500 organizations, 95% said they had suffered a ransomware or malware attack in the past 12 months. Of those, 80% indicated at least one attack resulting in data corruption and 43% experienced unrecoverable data, so as we look at these stats, it is not a matter of ‘if’ an attack happens but ‘when’ and prevention alone is not enough. To be ready, we have added a significant number of new features in Zerto 9 to deliver the best ransomware recovery experience and ensure you can recover fast when it matters the most.


Immutability: The need to have a secondary copy of your backup data most likely offsite, that can’t be modified and protected against malicious activity, is critical. In Zerto 9, we have introduced immutability for AWS, with the ability to store your backups in AWS using the Object Lock API, and the immutability settings for your backup data can now be managed within the Zerto user interface. Zerto users can set how long backups can remain unaltered to safeguard backups to the cloud from malicious deletion or modification of data, such as from ransomware.

Instant Restore: Zerto 9 includes instant file restore from your long-term retention (LTR) repository so that you can easily restore files or directories by downloading them or by restoring them directly into their original location from that repository. In addition, Zerto 9 expands its restore capability to instantly restore a single VM from a checkpoint in the local or remote journal without affecting journal history. Preserving the journal checkpoints allows you to revert to other points in time for the same VM if the selected restore point does not meet requirements.

Automated VM protection: To take the worry out of missing any VMs that should be protected and ensure complete data protection across your entire environment even when new VMs get added, we have added to Zerto 9 automated VM protection. Using native vSphere tags, servers can now be instantly added to virtual protection groups (VPGs) without any manual configuration. You can quickly protect workloads with new or existing protection groups and apply existing SLA rules, including pre-validation and alerts.

Cloud tiering for Amazon S3 and Azure: To provide more cost-effective and secure archive storage, Zerto 9 introduces the ability to tier long-term retention cloud data into Amazon S3 Glacier and Azure Archive classes. You can easily define retention policies for storing and migrating LTR backups from hot or cool storage into more cost-effective and secure archive storage in Azure and AWS. Zerto leverages native APIs to tier backups from S3-IA to Glacier in AWS, and from cool blobs to archive blobs in Azure.


Zerto 9 further advances its backup and disaster recovery capabilities with new support for additional cloud platforms, new analytics reporting, and simplified management for both end users and managed service providers. Here are some of the highlights:

S3-compatible storage: Expanding our support of cloud platforms and additional storage options, you can now backup your data to any cost-effective S3 compatible storage, whether on-premises or cloud, such as Cloudian!

Enhanced backup management: The backup capability is now managed within its own separate context within the Zerto user interface. A new local continuous backup VPG enables easy configuration and management of journal repositories for local backup of VMs, especially when combined with optional long-term retention. This context provides users with easier management of protection groups that use disaster recovery and backup capabilities.

New Analytics Reporting for Backup: A new troubleshooting view is now available across disaster recovery and LTR. Perform an immediate health check of your LTR processes to understand the status, data usage, and duration. Drill down to the repository, VM, or volume level to identify specific failures. Group LTR tasks by specific repository, operating VRA, or VPG name.


As disaster recovery as a service increases in popularity with customers, we have added new capabilities for our 350+ service providers to provide you with more options:

Tenant self-service file restore and download: A service provider’s customer tenant can now access Zerto’s instant file restore features from inside the Zerto Self-Service Portal (ZSSP).

Support for elastic VDCs and lower RTOs in VMware Cloud Director (VCD): Managed service providers can use elastic virtual data centers (VDCs) in their VMware Cloud Director (VCD) environments that are integrated with Zerto. Zerto has refactored all recovery workflows to enable this support and has made them more efficient in VCD overall, resulting in lower recovery time objectives (RTOs) for operations into VCD.

For a list of all the new features added to Zerto 9, check out the Z9 launch page.