Gives customers option to subscribe to the Zerto IT Resilience Platform instead of purchasing a perpetual license
At ZertoCON this week, company officials made several announcements. Chief among them was the unveiling of a term-based licensing option for Zerto’s resilience platform. In addition, the vendor discussed upcoming integration with VMware VAIO, new features slated for Zerto 7.5, and results of its annual “State of IT Resilience Readiness” survey with IDC.
The Lowdown: Zerto has completed initial certification of its vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) for VMware’s VAIO framework. That VIB will be available for use with Zerto’s next major release, 7.5, in the second half of this year.
The Details: Zerto 7.5 also will feature deeper integration with long-term repositories, including the HPE StoreOnce Catalyst API, and native integration with Azure scale sets. In addition, Zerto Analytics, which is used for management of applications and data protected with Zerto, will include Resource Planner to provide predictive sizing for Azure, Amazon Web Services, and on-premises environments.
Meanwhile, Zerto shared evidence of the market need for IT resilience solutions via some results from IDC’s Business Resilience Readiness Thought Leadership Survey, which included 500 respondents at enterprises with 1,000-plus employees:
• Data protection modernization is the top IT initiative for respondents in the next 12 months, with 38% saying they’ll deploy new backup/recovery solutions in that time frame.
• Cloud-based data protection solutions are the No. 2 priority, with 19% planning to deploy DRaaS within the next year.
• Among respondents, 82% indicate that data protection and disaster recovery are important parts of their IT and/or digital transformation initiatives.
• The majority of respondents (93%) are likely to pursue the convergence of backup and disaster recovery tools as a way to eliminate redundancy.
Background: Zerto sells its IT resilience platform, which integrates disaster recovery, backup, and workload mobility, solely through partners — resellers, systems integrators, cloud and managed service providers, and hardware and software vendors.
The Buzz: “Purchasing software as OpEx instead of CapEx can free up budget for projects that directly impact the business’ bottom line,” said Zerto sources in a press release about the company’s announcements at ZertoCON. “In addition, for some organizations, OpEx purchases often follow a simpler approval path, as they’re used to scale on an as-needed basis and offer the ability to have more flexibility with demand forecasting. Zerto now offers both pricing models so companies can make IT investment decisions based on features, efficiency, and agility, rather than cost alone.”