Automated Failover, Failback & Testing

The ability to orchestrate and automate a disaster recovery failover and successfully test the failover on a frequent basis is a key requirement for businesses of all sizes. Without this capability the business is at significant risk of not being able to recover the Virtual Machines (VMs), data and applications from a disaster as:

  •   The recovery process is reliant on the knowledge of individuals who may not be available to manage the recovery process
  •   The recovery is a manual process taking many days, if not longer, incurring significant downtime to business operations
  •   Testing the failover and failback functionality is a manual time consuming process making it ad-hoc, infrequent and often never performed giving no guarantee the business can recover

Zerto Automation and Testing Features

Zerto Virtual Replication includes orchestrated and automated failovers with failover testing to completely remove the risk not being able to recover from a disaster with the following features:

  •   Click to failover with no reliance on the knowledge of individuals required for recovery
  •   Fully orchestrated and automated recovery delivering a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of minutes
  •   Multi-VM enterprise applications recovered together to the same point in time using Virtual Protection Group (VPG) technology
  •   Multi-VM applications recovered in a working state with boot ordering and automatic IP/MAC changes
  •   No-impact failover testing for verification of the recovery process
  • Support for VMs on VMware’s vSphere as well as Microsoft’s Hyper-V hypervisor

These features ensure that the VMs are recovered automatically in a working state, by powering on the VMs in the correct order and with IP/MAC addresses automatically changed ensuring the VMs and applications require no manual re-configuration. Custom pre and post failover scripts can also be utilized to customize the recovery process and automate any additional configuration steps required. Of course, failback to the original production environment is as seamless as failover.

Failover testing ensures that the virtual environment and applications can be recovered successfully in a timely manner the event of a disaster. Zerto Virtual Replication enables no-impact failover testing in just a few clicks with no shutdown of the VMs in production and no break in the replication, allowing disaster recovery testing to be done in working hours in minutes. Separate virtual networks can be utilized for the failover test VMs to ensure no-impact to production traffic, also allowing the VMs to communicate with each other to verify multi-VM and multi-application recovery.

Zerto Virtual Replication includes failover test reporting to easily prove the recovery capability for auditing and management purposes. Reports can be generated for multiple failover tests, customized with company logos and also generated after failover and migration operations as a log of the outcome of the operations and detailed steps automated by Zerto Virtual Replication as part of the failover, move or test operation.

Automated Failover & Testing

Not just for Disaster Recovery

Because Zerto Virtual Replication makes disaster recovery testing so simple it not only removes the requirement to spend countless hours on weekends performing manual recovery testing, it also helps with day to day testing requirements of virtualized environments.

Tasks such as operating system patching, application patching or upgrading, temporary application copies for dev/test purposes can all utilize Zerto’s failover and failback testing to bring online the multi-VM application in an isolated bubble network from any point in time to allow near-instant access for testing. This significantly reduces the time spent managing copies of applications as part of DevOps or change control making Zerto Virtual Replication useful day to day, not just for disaster recovery!

Zerto Virtual Replication also includes the ability to take offsite clones of VMs and multi-VM applications, using the replicated data, from the selected point in time which are then registered and kept in the hypervisor inventory. The offsite clone feature can be used for easily building out long term copies of applications for dev/test environments with no impact or overhead in production.

Finally, when you add in the ability to replicate and migrate across hypervisors, Zerto Virtual Replication is truly a game-changer. Migrations and workload mobility are enabled for the following use-cases:

  • VMware vSphere to VMware vSphere with the ability to migrate from and to any vSphere version above 4.0 Update 1
  • VMware vSphere to Microsoft Hyper-V and vice-versa with automatic VM conversion to the respective VM type
  • VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V to Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the VMs automatically converted to EC2 instances
  • Microsoft Hyper-V to Microsoft Hyper-V from and between a minimum of Hyper-V 2012 R2

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