At the Core
14 June 18

Using Zerto for Disaster Recovery and Orchestration of Continuous Data Protection

Business continuity depends on disaster recovery, but protecting and backing up large reservoirs of enterprise data is a monstrous task too large for manual human intervention. Continuous data protection (CDP) requires orchestration and scripted monitoring to not only ensure that all data is migrated to secure archives but also that data transfers with no corruption. These backups are the foundation for resilience during a disaster, so it’s imperative that your backup plan uses reliable third-party tools.

Zerto and Business Continuity

With VMs as commonplace in the enterprise as physical servers, backup tools such as Zerto relieve much of the overhead from IT staff and orchestrate data backups for reliable continuity. It works with both on-premise backups and cloud migrations, which makes it flexible for any enterprise environment with unique requirements.

One common issue with large data migrations to the cloud is downtime whether it be network interruptions or performance degradation that affects productivity. This is where Zerto technology is preferred over other third-party software. It has continuous replication, so at any given time a copy of data is already located in the cloud. Should failover occur, VMs can be created during recovery within minutes.

Zerto also promises easy installations of only one hour and 75% reduction in recovery time. You can test backups with just a few clicks of the mouse. Virtacore chooses Zerto for our virtual environments and data migration to the cloud, because it is a proven technology that has shown to support disaster recovery efforts seamlessly and with less overhead than alternative solutions.

Just One Pre-Migration Issue to Consider

Most cloud providers use virtual machine technology and VMware. IT administrators can use VMware technology in a hybrid cloud without hesitation because any cloud provider that they choose to work with likely has VMware technology pre-installed and ready to go.

Where VM backups can become an issue is when versions of software do not match up. This means that you could be successfully backing up your data to the cloud, but when your disaster recovery plan is put into motion and VMs are created in the cloud, incompatible versions will put a wrench in your recovery efforts.

During pre-migration and strategy design, always verify that the software versions between on-premise VMware software match your cloud provider’s solution. VMware tools are your virtual environment drivers, so they are essential for the operating system to function correctly. You can assume that cloud providers have the latest version, but it’s not always the case. Usually, on-premise software versions are older than cloud providers required to always patch and update software for security reasons.

Version matching is a small but critical part of orchestrating the migration of backups from on-premise VM environments to cloud providers. If you’re currently using Zerto for data migration, now is the time to verify your VMware version. Before you upgrade, take a snapshot of your VM host in case of errors. With a snapshot, you can rebuild the VM and revert back to previous versions.

If you haven’t been implementing backups and disaster recovery, your enterprise is at risk. Virtacore uses Zerto to help customers create the right strategy and implement continuous data migrations for business continuity and disaster recovery.

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