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Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5

Aimed at enterprises with large VMs, Zerto Virtual Replication version 4.5, aided by a new journaling feature, stresses RPOs of seconds and RTOs of minutes.

Gold winner in the Storage magazine/ 2016 Products of the Year Backup and Disaster Recovery Software and Services category.

Zerto, which has earned a solid reputation for providing virtual machine-based disaster recovery, took the gold in the data protection software category with Virtual Replication 4.5.

"In many DRaaS [disaster recovery as a service] conversations, Zerto is the name to beat," one judge wrote. "Combining its replication and recovery technologies with very smart and aggressive marketing/event presence, Zerto is becoming semi-synonymous with 'DRaaS software' as a category."

Journal File Level Restore is a key addition to 4.5. The feature enables the restoration of files from a point in time seconds before a deletion, virus attack or data corruption.

Through compressed journaling of the changed blocks from the protected virtual machines (VMs), Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5 maintains a granularity of the data in increments of seconds up to the past two weeks.

The product is geared toward enterprises needing to protect multi-terabyte VMs with recovery point objectives of seconds, across hypervisors and clouds. It replicates block-level changes from the hypervisor, without performance impact.

Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5 allows customers to automatically replicate VM environments to a secondary site. The product can replicate between VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments, as well as between private cloud infrastructures and Amazon Web Services.

IT managers can restore specific files from a specific point in time without having to recover all of the VMs of the application. Journal File Level Restore applies to most common recovery uses -- deleted files, file or data corruption, and an application or service outage because of configuration changes.

Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5 scored highly among judges for innovation and performance. Judges praised its features, including the journaling.

Accoring to one judge, it has an enterprise-level price, but the new features "address specific enterprise VM data protection and recovery problems."

Zerto touted the product's ability to recover entire sites, individual applications or VMs in five clicks for fully automated recovery and recovery time objectives of minutes.

Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5

Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5 is a stand-alone product. It is often used within highly regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services that have long-term retention requirements.

Pricing for Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5 starts at $750 per VM.

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