5 Things to know about Zerto Virtual Replication and Microsoft Hyper-V

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

Even though Microsoft has made significant advances with Hyper-V, companies still will not put their most critical VMs on anything that doesn’t have robust recovery capability.

With Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) now supporting Microsoft Hyper-V, you have the best BC/DR, data mobility and migrations product for critical workloads in the industry. So you can move to Hyper-V if you want to and be confident the VMs are protected. ZVR is the missing piece that will allow more organizations to move to Hyper-V.


Here are five things to know about ZVR and Hyper-V.

1.        What are the use cases for Zerto Virtual replication (ZVR) and Hyper-V?

ZVR for Hyper-V is designed to be very flexible and meet nearly any design scenario. The primary use cases are:

  • Replication to Hyper-V from Hyper-V
  • Replication between Hyper-V and vSphere
  • Bi-directional replication between Hyper-V to Azure  or Any Cloud to Hyper-V (planned)

2.        Does ZVR offer point in time (PIT) recovery on Hyper-V?

ZVR has robust PIT recovery capability. The checkpoints are in a journal that allows for recovery capability for up to the previous five days. The checkpoint increments are every few seconds. This means that you have very granular points of recovery to reduce the amount of lost data.

3.        What are the system requirements to use ZVR and Hyper-V?

You need ZVR, Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 R2, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) must manage your Hyper-V environment. The Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) runs as a service on a Windows server and is registered to the SCVMM.

4.        What are the expected RPOs and RTOs with ZVR on Hyper-V?

This depends on several infrastructure factors, such as bandwidth, storage performance, and protected machine I/O, however most Zerto customers see 5-10 second RPOs, with RTOs measured in how many minutes it takes to boot the VMs at the target site.

Do you want to test failovers or migrations in the middle of the day? Go ahead, it will not impact the production environment. Zerto customers do it all the time.  They are able to reliably fail over their entire data center in about 30 minutes as part of their disaster recovery testing or disaster avoidance strategy. They know exactly how long migrations or failover will take because they completely orchestrate the failovers and migrations in a non-disruptive to production manner, in the middle of the day.

5.        Could ZVR be used to fully migrate from VMWare to Hyper-V?

Yes! ZVR supports cross-hypervisor protection and migrations.  ZVR has the capability to migrate to or from a VMWare infrastructure.

Do you want to know more? Check out the full ZVR and Hyper-V FAQ

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