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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)
  • + Hyper-V replica with orchestration options
  • + Leverages Azure Site Recovery for orchestration
  • + Optimal integration between on-premises datacenter and Azure
  • + 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
  • - Lowest RPO is 30 seconds
  • - Requires on-premises and Azure Site Recovery license
  • - 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.
ASR is Microsofts DRaaS solution for Microsoft and VMware environments
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.
A preview is available since June 2014, the service is GA since July 2015.
VMware SRM 6.x is the 9th generation of the product.
Pricing
License model ($)
Per virtual machine, price indication TBD.
A special (cheaper) ASR per VM license is available for customer owned sites.
$195/$495 per VM (STD/ENT) excluding support.
Management ($)
Management software is included in the solution
Included in license.
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Bundle/Kit Pricing ($)
Bundles at 25,100,250,500 and 1000 VMs.
Bundles of 25 VMs are available.
Locations
Datacenter locations
On-premises solution, with some providers offering ZVR as a service.
For site to site replication with Hyper-V, you can select the sites.
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.
The orchestration component in ASR is consumed as a service. On-premises components depend on required infrastructure.
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
Hyper-V replica is used for replication between sites.
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.
Managed stretched cluster support
Management
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Interface
GUI Interface
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.
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.
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
Yes, you can do a full sync or only sync deltas.
Failback
Yes, failback option is available.
Reporting
Auditing/reporting
Auditing and reporting built in with recovery reports for proving compliance.
SRM reports all DR related actions.
Replication source/target
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Hypervisor
Microsoft Hyper-V
VMware vSphere/ESXi
Cloud
Microsoft Azure
No, because of licensing limitations
Amazon Web Services
No, because of licensing limitations
Google Cloud Platform
VMware Cloud on AWS
Yes (see separate solution for full details)
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Inter cloud replication
No, because of licensing limitations
Replication
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Minimum RPO
ZVR supports near synchronous replication with near zero RPO.
RPO = 0 (synchronous replication)
Configurability of RPO
Only a near zero RPO is provided.
An RPO of 30 seconds, 5 minutes or 15 minutes is available.
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 VM granularity, VMs are grouped in protection groups.
Per volume/LUN granularity
Consistency groups
Yes, throught virtual protection groups
Recovery points
Recovery points in seconds up to 2 weeks in the past
More recovery points are supported, depending on ABR vendor.
Application Consistency
Both Microsoft and Linux VMs are supported.
Yes, but only for RDMs.
Local/shared storage supported
Shared and local storage
Shared and local storage are supported
Only shared storage is supported.
Networking
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Stretched network support
Isolated network for test failover
Automatic IP renumbering
Yes, automatic Re-IP and MAC address changing supported.
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