Zerto Enhances Ransomware Resilience with New Updates - Zerto

Zerto Enhances Ransomware Resilience with New Updates

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According to a recent IDC report, 79% of respondents have activated a disaster response in the past 12 months, while 61% of DR responses were triggered by either ransomware or other malware. Ransomware is a growing threat that continues to be profitable for attackers. Even with organizations becoming more aware of ransomware and taking security-minded steps toward prevention, the rate of attacks keeps increasing. It is not a matter of if but when the next attack will hit your organization and how often you will be attacked.

We at Zerto, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, are laser focused on ransomware with leading disaster recovery capabilities since 2011 when we introduced continuous data protection (CDP) to the world. Our recovery solutions have significantly lowered recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) for organizations around the world. Our experience allowed us to see ransomware for what it really is, a disaster level event, not just a security breach. Downtime and data loss are what lead ransomware victims to ultimately pay ransoms and give attackers the incentive to attack again and again. Only a modern disaster recovery solution that operates from edge to cloud across multiple platforms can give you the ransomware recovery you need to avoid paying ransoms.

Staying maniacally focused on ransomware recovery, disaster recovery, and multi-cloud mobility, Zerto released new product features in Zerto 9.5, Zerto In-Cloud for AWS, and Zerto Backup for SaaS, powered by Keepit. These new capabilities make it easier to adopt multi-cloud and multi-platform architectures that increase your recovery options and provide greater security for ransomware readiness. With this latest release, Zerto bolsters protection for any app, any cloud, and any threat.

Here are some of the noteworthy new features and product updates I want to highlight:

New Immutability Options for Ransomware Recovery

  • Microsoft Azure Blob Storage is now supported as a destination for Zerto users to create and manage immutable data copies for ransomware recovery.
  • Zerto expanded support and management of immutability for third-party S3-compatible storage so that recovery data managed by Zerto can be stored in an immutable state for ransomware recovery on a variety of storage systems.
  • Azure Active Directory may now be backed up with immutability offsite through Zerto Backup for SaaS.

New Virtual Zerto Appliance and Security Enhancements

  • Hardened security is more important than ever with ransomware attacks on the rise. Zerto now offers a Linux-based appliance for Zerto management that is pre-hardened for enhanced security, deploys quickly, enables multi-factor authentication (MFA), and offers easy management via hands-off upgrades and troubleshooting.
  • Zerto’s new role-based access controls (RBAC) and MFA for the customer web portal, MyZerto, and Zerto Analytics allow you greater control over access to your Zerto solution.
  • Additional security enhancements including replication appliance updates, more granular control over SSH communication between components, and optional pre- and post-login banners improve security awareness.

Instant File Restore for Linux

  • Zerto expands operational recovery by supporting instant file restore for Linux servers, complementing existing support for instant VM for Linux as well as full Windows support.

Zerto In-Cloud for AWS Updates

  • New CloudWatch integration for Zerto In-Cloud increases monitoring capabilities that support automation of recovery based on specific events, more integration options with third-party management tools, and enables you to monitor Zerto alongside other cloud applications and tools.
  • Zerto In-Cloud is now fully integrated into Zerto Analytics so deployments can be fully viewed alongside other Zerto solutions across multi-site, multi-cloud deployments.

Google Cloud Storage Support for Additional Data Copies

  • Google Cloud Storage is now a destination for long-term retention of replica copies providing extra data resilience on an additional platform.

Managed DRaaS Enhancements

  • Providers can now assign one or more service profiles to a tenant and mask any unassigned profiles.
  • Users can configure long-term retention settings inside their service profiles. This feature allows service providers to have continued control over these critical SLA/SLO settings for their customers.

Additional Product Enhancements

  • The Zerto Virtual Manager is now supported on Windows Server 2022.
  • For more granular control of what data is replicated per virtual machine, individual disk volumes may now be excluded from replication with Zerto continuous data protection.
  • Disaster recovery testing may now be carried out in a storage area separate from the recovery data to allow you more time to test and validate recovery.
  • Enhancements to selected Zerto alerts, errors, and messages simplify management with more detailed information and context.
  • Zerto disaster recovery to Microsoft Azure is now optimized for API integration efficiency and requires fewer Zerto Cloud Appliances for protection.

Visit our launch site to watch the on-demand launch event and learn more about all the exciting enhancements.

For more information on all the new product updates, be sure to check out the Zerto 9.5 release notes.

As we work toward our next product updates, we want to hear more from you on how you are meeting the challenge of ransomware and other disasters across your multi-platform, multi-cloud environments. We will continue our laser focus on ransomware and the enhancements you need to remain ransomware resilient against any type of attack.

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David Paquette
Product Marketing Manager

David Paquette is a Product Marketing Manager at Zerto. He has over 20 years of experience in disaster recovery, backup, and business continuity solutions. Prior to Zerto, David was a Product Marketing Manager at Scale Computing working with hyperconverged infrastructure, edge computing, and DRaaS solutions. Previous to Scale Computing, David worked for over 17 years at Double-Take Software/Vision Solutions in various roles from software testing, systems engineering, product marketing, and product management.