Rethink Backup - Long Term Retention, Offsite Backups & CDP | Zerto

It’s Time to Rethink Backup

Zerto Converges Disaster Recovery (DR) & Backup in a Simple, Responsive Solution

Traditional backup is cumbersome, costly and covers fewer than half of your data protection needs.

Zerto’s IT Resilience Platform is simple and scalable, making use of your already-replicated applications for long term safe-keeping. Moving from periodic backup to continuous data protection (CDP) involves zero production impact because Zerto uses no snapshots or agents.

Get Rid of Outdated Backups

Restoring data from legacy backup solutions is risky: time gaps are often four hours—or more—out-of-date. Any data added since the outdated snapshot is permanently lost. But with Zerto, if an outage occurs at 10:26, you can restore from 10:25:45. Watch the webinar to learn more.

How Does Converged DR and Backup Work?

The important part of disaster recovery is the recovery—how quickly you can get back to work with the least data loss possible. Most legacy backup tools try to force-fit recovery (that critical piece of data protection) into periodic snapshot technology that’s fraught with multiple problems—it’s complex, uses significant system resources, and leaves data gaps when you need a timely recovery.

Zerto uses innovative continuous data protection (CDP), so the always-updated replicated virtual machine (VM) data in the recovery site can create offsite copies on a daily, weekly, monthly, or even yearly schedule. Our unique CDP uses hypervisor-level replication and journal-based tracking to ensure an application’s changes are protected in near real-time. Since backups are made off this replicated data, there is no impact to production and copies can even be made during business hours.

Where does CDP converge with long-term storage? As Zerto continues to innovate, we realize customers don’t want separate solutions for short-term and long-term recovery. They want CDP, but they also need a long-term archive of their data. Zerto helps customers do both with one solution. Now you can use Zerto to store offsite, long-term copies efficiently on a disk or network share in a third location, a purpose-built backup appliance, or even cost-effective cloud storage in AWS.

Key Benefits

Remove Backup Complexity with Zero Production Impact

Scheduling backups is resource-intensive, as IT pros ensure that run times for backup and database maintenance jobs don’t overlap or impact production. Zerto’s continuous data replication takes offsite copies from the replicated data, so there are no backup windows or snapshots run against production.

Goodbye Backup Windows

The journal—Zerto’s method for data protection— brings together short-term and long-term retention, enabling quick recovery of data—from a few seconds ago to a few years ago. Data gets copied from short-term retention storage into long-term retention repositories. Copies can be taken as often as needed, eliminating backup windows.

Zero Extra Infrastructure

Zerto reduces your optional overhead because it runs without the need for additional infrastructure.

Backup within Seconds – Rewind and Resume

Safely rewind back to the exact point in time you need, from five seconds ago to the last 30 days. Recover files, applications, VMs, or even entire datacenters by simply pressing a virtual rewind button. Most recovery cases—such as file deletions, database corruption, or ransomware—only need short-term retention and granularity.

Application Consistency

Zerto ensures that all VMs share the exact same recovery point so that recovered applications running across multiple VMs will spin up from the same cross-application recovery point. This happens no matter where the VMs are located within the infrastructure.

No Lock-in to Specific Storage or Cloud

Marrying hardware to backup software is old school and costly. Zerto backups natively work with many existing secondary storage solutions, including HPE StoreOnce, Exagrid, AWS Storage Gateway, or the purpose-built backup appliance of your choice.