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Tech Field Day 11 Preview: Zerto

June 9th, 2016

Tech Field Day 11 is happening in Boston, from 22-24 June and I’m super happy to be invited as a delegate.

I’ve been previewing the companies attending, have a look at my introductory post: I’m heading to Tech Field Day 11 and DockerCon!


zerto-logoZerto sells a product called Zerto Virtual Replication for enterprise disaster recovery and business continuity for virtualised data centers and clouds. The idea is you use Zerto as a vSphere or Hyper-V hypervisor based solution to replicate data between your sites rather than using storage array replication. This means your replication is not storage vendor dependent so you can have different arrays on each side. You can also use Zerto to migrate or recover workloads from an on-premises environment to and from AWS and there is also a solution for service providers to provide DR as a service for their customers.

Zerto provides a whole bunch of the usual backup functionality as well such as creating test bubbles and efficiently storing the multiple copies of data.
Zerto is expanding its reach and that’s what I’m expecting we’ll hear about at Tech Field Day this time. They recently announced they will be supporting DR to Azure as well as IBM Cloud.

Zerto doesn’t have the buzz of Veeam which also plays in this space, I haven’t used Zerto personally yet have heard good things from people who have.

What I’d like to see

I hope we get to see some interesting use cases and not get too bogged down into the replication and backup minutia.

Let’s see an application/datacenter migrated to and from on-premises vSphere/Hyper-V to AWS/Azure and back. Can we see easy and simple hypervisor conversions using Zerto to do the VM conversion between clusters? Is KVM going to be a supported hypervisor sometime? Will we see more more DR orchestration?
Please don’t make this an unexciting backup / DR walk-through listing all the features, showing customer use cases and future looking possibilities is always more interesting.

Gestalt IT is paying for travel, accommodation and things to eat to attend Tech Field Day but isn’t paying a penny for me to write anything good or bad about anyone.

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