Discussion around the upcoming Zerto 7 release

Discussion around the upcoming Zerto 7 release

In this video, Barry Coombs and Steve Blow discuss IT resilience with converging Disaster Recovery and Backup. Steve also gives a quick update about the main features of Zerto 7 which is due to be released shortly.

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Zerto Update at VMworld 2018

In this video I (Barry) catch-up with Steve Blow Technical Evangelist at Zerto to learn more about what is coming to Zerto 7.X.

In the forthcoming 7.X release Zerto are further building upon their IT Resilancy Platform to include backup alongside their ability to other replication and mobility on premises and to and from the cloud.

What you missed at Define Tomorrow - Business Technology Experience Day

What you missed at Define Tomorrow - Business Technology Experience Day

For those that missed our Define Tomorrow event in June 2018, this webinar summarises the event in under 1 hour.

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Zerto overview and architecture #DTH1

Zerto overview and architecture #DTH1

At our first ‘Define Tomorrow Huddle Event’ Steve Blow of Zerto presented how Zerto tackled the challenge all businesses face of recovery, replication, DR automation and validation for mission-critical workloads.

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Software defined VM replication with Zerto

Software defined VM replication with Zerto

At VMworld 2017 in Barcelona I had an opportunity to catch-up with Ed Owen of Zerto to discuss their product, updates and use cases. For those that are new to Zerto, I have also summarised their product, architecture and features below.  

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New Year New Lab

This year I will be using a new lab I have built to test and evaluate software and blog about my findings. My intentions are to focus on the products below:

  • Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 3 (including agents)
  • Zerto Virtual Replication 6.0
  • VMware NSX 6.4
  • Dell EMC Unity Virtual Storage Appliance
  • EMC Recover Point for VMs 5.1
  • vSAN 6.6.1
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vRetreat 2018 (#vRetreat)

vRetreat 2018 (#vRetreat)

vRetreat took place on the 15th of February 2018 in London, with presentations from Zerto and Cohesity with much food and fun at the Crystal Maze! Read about my thoughts and experiences from the day. 

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What's new in Zerto Virtual Replication 6.0 in a glance

What's new in Zerto Virtual Replication 6.0 in a glance

Today Zerto have released the latest and greatest version of Zerto Virtual Replication, version. 6.0 builds on their hybrid cloud functionality of previous releases with a number of new additions including the ability to replicate VMs between Azure regions, recover VMs back from AWS to on-premises after a DR event and also replicate from one cloud provider to another. 

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vRetreat January 2017 - Silverstone UK

I was lucky enough to be invited to the inaugural vRetreat event held at the Porsche experience centre at Silverstone UK. The vRetreat events aim to gather industry experts with industry vendors to discuss the technicalities of their products combined with a bit of fun for us all! The first sponsors of vRetreat were Cohesity, Zerto and Veeam. 

Bloggers present at this inaugural event were, Rynardt SpiesDavid OwenSimon GallagherAmit PanchalMichael Poore and I. We were also joined by Joe Baguley (VMware CTO), Darren Swift (Zerto Principal SE EMEA), Ezat Dayeh (Senior SE Cohestity) and Michael Cade (Veeam -Technical Evangelist), vRetreat is the brainchild of Patrick Redknap

The Porsche Experience Centre is a purpose built facility alongside the Bristol F1 Grand Prix circuit Silverstone. It was designed to allow attendees to test the handling of Porsche's cars but to also gain valuable driving skills. The emphasise of the circuits is very much handling and control of the car and not all out speed. 

The day was split into two halves with the first half being a deep dive technical presentations and discussions with the sponsors. I intend to follow up with some specific information regarding Cohesity and Zerto but there were some common themes across the day. Whilst all vendors presenting had an offering that could be used in your data centre they also had offerings or functionality that would also work in or with the public cloud in some way. 

Zerto spoke about their ability to replicate virtual machines to both AWS and Azure along with other trusted cloud providers. More information can be found here http://www.zerto.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ZVR-5.0-Microsoft-Azure-Overview.pdf

Veeam spoke about their Azure restoration functionality and the ability to backup Office 365 email to a Veeam repository. More information can be found here https://www.veeam.com/cloud-direct-restore-azure.html

Cohesity talked about a number of cloud orientated features allowing you to almost tier data to the cloud where appropriate alongside using the cloud for DR replication. More information can be found here http://cohesity.com/solutions/cloud-integration/  

The hybrid cloud era is definitely upon us!

Please see my video montage of the day below and also the doodle I completed on the day. Watch this space for more information from Zerto and Cohesity coming soon. 

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The second half of the day was all about the cars, I personally had a session in the Porsche Caymen S and 911 Targa. My instructor gave me tuition on everything from handling to power delivery and breaking as well controlling the car in skid conditions! I think we all came away wanting a Porsche! Thankfully they didnt sell them their or I think we may have all come away out of pocket!!!