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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
  • + Free (included in vSphere)
  • + Seamless integration in vSphere management interface
  • + RPO between 5 minutes and 24 hours
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
  • - No orchestration options
  • - No consistency groups
  • - Requires deployment of one or more vApp(s)
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Overview
Zerto Virtual Replication is a BC/DR solution for virtual and public cloud environments.
Microsoft Hyper-V Replica
VMware vSphere 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
vSphere Replication is available since SRM 5.0 / vSphere 5.0
Pricing
License model ($)
Per virtual machine, price indication TBD.
Bundled with Hyper-V.
Bundled with vSphere STD/ENT/ENT+
Management ($)
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.
Included in vSphere license
Locations
Datacenter locations
On-premises solution, with some providers offering ZVR as a service.
On-premises solution
On-premises solution, site to site replication as well site to VMware Cloud on AWS replication
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.
With vSphere Replication, a minimum of one/maximum of 10 vSphere Replication appliances are deployed at each site regardless of the number of hosts. The amount of vSphere Replication appliances depends on the number of VMs to be replicated (200 VMs per replication appliance).
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.
Hypervisor based replication using vSphere Replication
Maximum number of protected VMs
5000 virtual machines
2000 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
vSphere Replication management is included in the vSphere WebClient
Scriptable interface
Powershell cmdlets and full REST API are available.
General
Automated protection
Yes, through the API.
Failover options
Orchestration
Boot order of virtual machines can be defined in the Virtual Protection Groups.
Powershell based orchestration
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.
Disaster recovery
Failover clone
Yes, a failover clone option is available leaving the original virtual machines in place.
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.
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
Inter cloud replication
Replication
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Minimum RPO
ZVR supports near synchronous replication with near zero RPO.
Minimum RPO is 30s
5 minutes (Virtual SAN) or 15 minutes <= RPO <= 24 hours
Configurability of RPO
Only a near zero RPO is provided.
Replication occurs every 30s, 5m or 15m
5 minutes (Virtual SAN) or 15 minutes <= RPO <= 24 hours
Granularity
Per virtual machine granularity, VMs are grouped in VPGs.
Per virtual machine granularity
Per virtual machine 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
24 recovery points
Application Consistency
Both Microsoft and Linux VMs are supported.
Yes, through VSS for Windows VMs.
vSR supports VSS as well as linux file system quiescing.
Local/shared storage supported
Shared and local storage
Shared and local storage
Shared and local storage
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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