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Pros
  • + Most extensive feature set, including support for on-premises and cloud environments
  • + Easy installation
  • + Supports consistency groups (Virtual Protection Groups)
  • + Included in Windows Server License
  • + Different replication intervals available
  • + Native integration with management tooling
  • + Native integration with different hardware storage solutions
  • + Support for consistency groups
  • + Extensive orchestration options
Cons
  • - High pricepoint
  • - Only supports a near zero RPO, no additional RPO options are available
  • - No DR orchestration options
  • - Lowest RPO is 30 seconds
  • - No support for consistency groups
  • - Can be challenging to setup
  • - Enterprise edition has a premium price point
  • - Complex architecture
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Overview
Zerto Virtual Replication is a BC/DR solution for virtual and public cloud environments.
Microsoft Hyper-V Replica
VMware Site Recovery Manager with Array Based Replication.
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Assessment
Maturity
Zerto Virtual Replicaton 5.5 is the 7th generation of the product.
Hyper-V Replica is available since Windows 2012
VMware SRM 6.x is the 9th generation of the product.
Pricing
License model ($)
Per virtual machine, price indication TBD.
Bundled with Hyper-V.
$195/$495 per VM (STD/ENT) excluding support.
Management ($)
Basic management included in Windows license, enhanced management available through System Center.
Included in license.
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Bundle/Kit Pricing ($)
Bundles at 25,100,250,500 and 1000 VMs.
Included in Windows license.
Bundles of 25 VMs are available.
Locations
Datacenter locations
On-premises solution, with some providers offering ZVR as a service.
On-premises solution
On-premises solution, with some providers offering SRM as a service.
Architecture
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Deployment type
Zerto Virtual Manager (VM) is required at each site, Zerto Virtual Replication Appliance (VRA) is required on each ESXi host. A VIB can be used for ESXi 5.5 or newer.
Hyper-V Replica is integral part of the Hyper-V role.
SRM is deployed as a Windows application. Nearly all deployments run in a single Windows VM at each site.
Replication options
Zerto proprietary always-on block-level replication technology using a journal. ZVR supports one to many replication
Hypervisor based replication using Hyper-V replica technology.
Array based replication using Storage Replication Adapter (SRA)
Maximum number of protected VMs
5000 virtual machines
5000 virtual machines
Multi-site support
1:1, 1:N, N:1 and N:N topologies are supported.
1:1, 1:N, N:1 and N:N topologies are supported.
1:1, 1:N, N:1 and N:N topologies are supported.
Managed stretched cluster support
Management
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Interface
GUI Interface
Management through Hyper-V MMCs or SCVMM
SRM management interface is fully integrated with vSphere WebClient.
Scriptable interface
Powershell cmdlets and full REST API are available.
Microsoft Powershell cmdlets and VMware vRealize Orchestrator plugin
General
Automated protection
Yes, through the API.
Yes, through storage policies
Failover options
Orchestration
Boot order of virtual machines can be defined in the Virtual Protection Groups.
Powershell based orchestration
Extensive orchestration options are available through recovery plans.
Automatically turn off running VMs at original site
Automatically turn off running VMs at failover site
Yes, through additional script with samples provided.
Test failover
Test failover options are available using an isolated sandbox based on snapshots.
Yes, individual virtual machines can be tested on the replica server.
Test failover options are available using an isolated sandbox based on snapshots.
Disaster recovery
Failover clone
Yes, a failover clone option is available leaving the original virtual machines in place.
No, however you can do a test failover and make a clone of the selected VM(s).
Reprotect
Yes, except for AWS
Failback
Yes, failback option is available.
Reporting
Auditing/reporting
Auditing and reporting built in with recovery reports for proving compliance.
Hyper-V replica messages are avaible in event log and perfmon.
SRM reports all DR related actions.
Replication source/target
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Hypervisor
Microsoft Hyper-V
VMware vSphere/ESXi
Cloud
Microsoft Azure
Amazon Web Services
Google Cloud Platform
VMware Cloud on AWS
Yes (see separate solution for full details)
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Inter cloud replication
Replication
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Minimum RPO
ZVR supports near synchronous replication with near zero RPO.
Minimum RPO is 30s
RPO = 0 (synchronous replication)
Configurability of RPO
Only a near zero RPO is provided.
Replication occurs every 30s, 5m or 15m
RPO options depend on the storage vendor and can range from 0 to 24 hours (or more).
Granularity
Per virtual machine granularity, VMs are grouped in VPGs.
Per virtual machine granularity
Per volume/LUN granularity
Consistency groups
Yes, throught virtual protection groups
Recovery points
Recovery points in seconds up to 2 weeks in the past
24 hourly recovery points
More recovery points are supported, depending on ABR vendor.
Application Consistency
Both Microsoft and Linux VMs are supported.
Yes, through VSS for Windows VMs.
Yes, but only for RDMs.
Local/shared storage supported
Shared and local storage
Shared and local storage
Only shared storage is supported.
Networking
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Stretched network support
Isolated network for test failover
Yes, you can link individual VMs to a specific network.
Automatic IP renumbering
Yes, automatic Re-IP and MAC address changing supported.
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