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

It’s Time to Rethink Backup

Converged Backup & DR

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

The Zerto 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 involves zero production impact, because there are no snapshots or agents.

Get Rid of Outdated Backups

Restoring from backup is likely to be at least 4 hours out-of-date; and all the data written since the 12:30 snapshot is now permanently lost. But with Zerto, if an outage occurs at 17:26, Zerto restores from 17:25:45. Watch the webinar to learn more.

How Does Converged DR and Backup Work?

Most backup tools are force-fitting recovery (the critical piece of data protection) to work off the backup’s periodic snapshotting technology. This is too complex and is not helpful when a timely recovery is needed.

Zerto flips this model, using continuous data protection, so the always-updated replicated VM data  can be used to create offsite copies on a daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly schedule.

This way, protection involves zero production impact, because there are no snapshots or agents on production. Store these offsite long term copies efficiently on a disk or network share in a 3rd location, purpose-built-backup-appliance or even cost-effective cloud storage in AWS or Azure.

Key Benefits

Remove Backup Complexity

Scheduling backups is often a resource-intensive task which requires ensuring that backup jobs don’t interfere with each other and database maintenance jobs don’t impact the run-time of your backups. By using continuous data replication all operations can be performed with zero performance impact on the production environment. Also, no additional infrastructure is required which reduces operational overhead.

Goodbye Backup Windows

The Zerto platform brings together both short-term retention and long-term retention. The journal enables quick recovery of data—from a few seconds. Data gets copied from the short-term retention journal into the long-term retention repositories. As the short-term retention is stored in the journal, moving data to the long-term has no impact on production, eliminating the concept of “backup windows”.

Zero Production Impact

The offsite copies are taken from the replicated data, not production, ensuring no backup windows or snapshots are ever run against production. Plus, there’s no need to try and schedule multiple backup jobs within a specific time frame. Continuous rather than periodic backup, allows you to move away from the periodic point-in-time copies used in traditional backup technology.

Granularity of Seconds – Rewind and Resume

Safely rewind back to any point in the past, even up to 30 days ago. Recover files, applications, VMs, or even entire datacenters by simply pressing a virtual “rewind” button. Studies show that most recovery use cases that require granular recovery—such as file deletions, database corruption, or ransomware—only require short-term retention.

Application Consistency

When creating recovery points, Zerto ensures that all VMs share the exact same recovery point so that when the application is recovered every VM that comprises the application spins up from that same cross-application recovery point. All of this is guaranteed no matter where the VMs are located within the infrastructure.

Not Married to Specific Storage or Cloud

Marrying hardware to backup software is so 2008. Reintroducing “hyper-converged” backup hardware and software doesn’t provide beneficial TCO in the long run.

Zerto backup work with many existing secondary storage solutions as well as many cloud repositories, like Azure Blob storage and AWS S3.

Simple and Easy to Use, Yet Very Effective and Powerful


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