More than DR: Protecting Data to AWS

By Shannon Snowden, Zerto’s Sr. Technical Marketing Architect

More than DR: Protecting Data to AWS

The trend toward using the cloud for disaster recovery continues to grow. According to a recent ESG study, cloud based services are already a major component of a growing number of organizations’ disaster recovery plans. In fact, using a cloud service now tops backup tapes as a method of data protection.


Source: The Enterprise Strategy Group

Zerto is a big contributor to the momentum of the growing cloud-based data protection trend. Zerto has over 200 Cloud Service Providers that offer managed services for their customers.

Zerto makes it very easy to move between your site and a cloud site. In fact, that is the essence of Zerto’s Cloud Continuity Platform (CCP) vision. It allows you to choose whatever platform you would like to use for data protection. This includes public clouds, and the first public cloud that Zerto supports as of version 4.O is Amazon Web Services (AWS). For more information about Zerto’s Cloud Continuity Platform, read here.

AWS-LogoAWS represents the major milestone for Zerto. No longer are you limited to hypervisor-based replication and orchestration. Zerto now gives yet another option to our customers and allows them to choose the most appropriate data protection solution.

What is making AWS a popular option for data protection?

Let’s look at some of the top reasons that cloud-based data protection is growing.

  1.  On Premise solutions at a DR site often consumes too much administrative time to support
  2.  Frequent DR testing significantly reduces the downtime during an actual failover event. Zerto to AWS has zero production disruption while DR tests are running.
  3.  Manageable Opex versus the large Capex output for a solution that will become obsolete if not regularly maintained
  4.  Significant portions of DR may be suitable for a public cloud solution while only a few workloads need a fully managed solution
  5.  The pain is real: According to Forrester, 61% of small businesses have experience a major downtime.

How is Zerto able to replicate from vSphere or Hyper-V to AWS?

Zerto to AWS is very straightforward and intuitive. Let’s go by the numbers and see how we deploy and protect virtual machines to AWS.


For failover testing, failovers and migrations, Zerto automatically orchestrates the entire process. Regardless if your source site is vSphere or Hyper-V, you will use the same Zerto user interface to manage everything when going to AWS.


Caption: The Zerto Management Interface is the same on vSphere, Hyper-V or AWS

How you can leverage AWS to protect VMs on vSphere and Hyper-V

Migration-from-on-premise-to-AWS.1Migration from on-premise to AWS

  •  VMware or Microsoft customers that want to migrate completely to AWS.
  •  Enterprise customers who would like to migrate on-premise site the public cloud to save costs,  eliminate HW maintenance, obtain on-demand resources.
  •  Enterprise customers who would like to migrate their DR site to the public cloud and then to use Zerto for on-premise to AWS replication.

Replication-from-on-premise-to-AWS.1Replication from on-premise to AWS

  •  Enterprise customers who would like to have BC/DR in the cloud for test and development.
  •  Enterprise customers with mixed hypervisors who would like a single BC/DR cloud solution.

New-DR.1New DR

  •  Customer who would like to setup a new DR site fast, on-demand, and without waiting for physical equipment or other factors.


By adding AWS support, Zerto brings even more capability to the product that is known as the standard for disaster recovery for virtualized workloads in the enterprise. Zerto gives you true hybrid cloud options, from multiple vendors and we will continue to add even more platforms and possibilities in the future.

Learn more about Zerto and replicating to AWS here.

Zerto at re:Invent

Amazon’s re:Invent conference is coming up,  and Zerto will be there. Come by our booth,  #1158, and learn more about how Zerto and AWS can change the way you protect your data.

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