Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/02/zerto_goes_single_pane_of_glass/

Data rescue lifeguard Zerto surfs in on single pane of glass

It's what the cloudy customers want from their recovery-ware

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 2nd January 2014 11:06 GMT

Recovery-ware upstart Zerto is riding the cloud wave with improvements to its management side – with a point release that provides a single-pane-of-glass approach.

The firm's VMware hypervisor-based replication enables disaster recovery for virtualised server applications, which it claims is more flexible than relegating replication to storage arrays – and hence more useful to cloud service providers.

Zerto's Virtual Replication product is VMware hypervisor-resident and provides a replication facility for virtual machines (VMs) which is VM-aware and enables VM disaster recovery.

The development history looks like this:

The ZVR journal enables recovery to multiple points in time, enabling DR to get around logical data corruptions. The V3.1 release nine months later:

Overall Zerto says v3.1 centralises and simplifies disaster recovery with improved scalability, maintainability and alerting capabilities. This should help it to continue growing fast, with a current base of 100 cloud service providers, reached via 200 per cent customer growth in 2013.

There is a group of VMWare hypervisor-level software startups like Pernixdata and Zerto that have made a hypervisor real estate land-grab. As long as they can keep their technology relevant as VMware develops its hypervisor's extent and reach – such as its Site Recovery Manager functionality – then they are virtually guaranteed business growth through riding on VMware's magic carpet. The threat is that VMware extends its own functionality and customers reject their add-on and plug-in functionality.

Zerto has it VM-aware replication trick pony. Now it has a hypervisor-resident gig with VMware will it try to extend that to other hypervisors, such as KVM and Hyper-V? On the other hand it could try and extend its technology reach inside the VMware hypervisor... caching anyone?

ZVR v3.1 is available now for all ZVR customers. ®