Zerto 4.0 Master of Disaster Webinar: Simple, Cost-Effective, and Consistent Disaster Recovery
Zerto Virtual Replication is the industry’s first hypervisor-based replication solution. It delivers the most aggressive service levels while reducing costs as there are no hardware or hypervisor dependencies. The simplicity of this disaster recovery solution is overwhelming with the non-disruptive installation completing in 60 minutes with no application or storage reconfiguration required.
With Zerto, customers realize:
Aggressive service levels including RPOs of seconds and RTOs of minutes
Automates failover, failback and DR testing with the push of a button to mitigate risk
Robust application protection with consistency and write-order fidelity
Freedom to innovate with storage agnostic and hypervisor agnostic replication
Further cost reductions to leverage Microsoft Hyper-V licenses at the DR site
A seamless cloud strategy with support for Amazon Web Services
To discuss how this solution may work in your enterprise, please have PTS contact you directly. Additionally, you may request a system demonstration to experience this solution in action.
SimpliVity OmniStackis the industry’s first and only globally federated and hyperconverged infrastructure solution. OmniStack combines all of the infrastructure and functions below the hypervisor, eliminating the need for about a dozen discrete infrastructure and software products. By doing so, OmniStack dramatically simplifies IT. Designed and optimized for the virtual environment, it enables dramatic improvements to the management, protection, and performance of virtual workloads – all at a fraction of the cost and extreme reduction in complexity compared to today’s traditional infrastructure stack.
OmniStack delivers the core functionality of pooling and sharing x86 hardware resources. Its Data Virtualization Platform performs deduplication, compression and optimization of data, which delivers performance and capacity improvements to OmniStack-powered hyperconverged infrastructure; and offers global unified management. OmniStack hyperconvergence is available as a software solution and turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure when packaged on x86 systems. SimpliVity offers two turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure platforms: OmniCube, packaged on 2U servers; and OmniStack Integrated Solution for Cisco UCS, packaged on Cisco Unified Computing Systems.
OmniStack provides an optimal platform for VDI because it:
Improves Performance.OmniStack provides inline deduplication, compression and optimization of all data at inception, once and forever, which eliminates IOPS since redundant data is never written to disk. Critical IO resources are reserved for desktops and applications, which prevents boot storms.
Consolidates Siloed Infrastructure.OmniStack provides the perfect platform for data center consolidation, merging the infrastructure, management screens and operations of all critical IT applications, including VDI.
Provides Native Data Protection.VDI no longer needs to be relegated to “second-class citizen” status in the data center. You can commit to, and fulfill, SLAs to the business while improving RTOs and RPOs for VDI.
Improves User Experience.Persistent desktops are the preferred choice by users and the technology most likely to be embraced as it most closely resembles the physical desktops of the past. OmniCube’s inline deduplication, compression, and optimization is that “emerging technology” that changes the cost model, making persistent desktops a reality.
SimpliVity OmniStack is the perfect solution to deliver VDI with the user experience end-users expect and at the cost that you require.
PTS can deploy VDI from withinPTS’ Cloud Data Centeror from a hosted deployment.Contact PTSwith your VDI needs, and we’ll tailor a solution to match your requirements in your preferred environment.
Generators are a key to data center reliability. Supplementing a battery-based uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with an emergency generator should be considered by all data center operators. The question has become increasing important as super storms such as Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast United States knocked out utility power stations and caused many downed power lines, resulting in days and weeks of utility power loss.
Beyond disaster protection, the role of a backup generator to provide power is important when utility providers consider summer rolling blackouts and brownouts and data center operators see reduced utility service reliability. In a rolling blackout, power to industrial facilities is often shut down first. New data center managers should check the utilities contract to see if a data center is subject to such utility disconnects.
Studies show generators played a role in between 45 and 65 percent of outages in data centers with an N+1 configuration (with one spare backup generator). According to Steve Fairfax, President of MTechnology, “Generators are the most critical systems in the data center.” Mr. Fairfax was the keynote speaker at the 2011 7×24 Exchange Fall Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
What Should You Consider Before Generator Deployment?
Generator Classification / Type. A data center design engineer and the client should determine if the generator will be classified as an Optional Standby power source for the data center, a Code Required Standby power source for the data center, or an Emergency back-up generator that also provides standby power to the data center.
Generator Size. When sizing a generator it is critical to consider the total current IT power load as well as expected growth of that IT load. Consideration must also be made for facility supporting infrastructure (i.e. UPS load) requirements. The generator should be sized by an engineer, and specialized sizing software should be utilized.
Fuel Type. The most common types of generators are diesel and gas. There are pros and cons to both as diesel fuel deliveries can become an issue during a natural disaster and gas line feeds can be impacted by natural disasters. Making the right choice for your data center generator depends on several factors. The fuel type needs to be determined based upon local environmental issues, (i.e. Long Island primarily uses natural gas to protect the water aquifer under the island), availability, and the required size of the standby/emergency generator.
Deployment Location. Where will the generator be installed? Is it an interior installation or an exterior installation? An exterior installation requires the addition of an enclosure. The enclosure may be just a weather-proof type, or local building codes may require a sound attenuated enclosure. An interior installation will usually require some form of vibration isolation and sound attenuation between the generator and the building structure.
Exhaust and Emissions Requirements. Today, most generator installations must meet the new Tier 4 exhaust emissions standards. This may depend upon the location of the installation (i.e. city, suburban, or out in the country).
Required Run-time. The run-time for the generator system needs to be determined so the fuel source can be sized (i.e. the volume of diesel or the natural gas delivery capacity to satisfy run time requirements).
What Should You Consider During Generator Deployment?
Commissioning The commissioning of the generator system is basically the load testing of the installation plus the documentation trail for the selection of the equipment, the shop drawing approval process, the shipping documentation, receiving and rigging the equipment into place. This process also should include the construction documents for the installation project.
Load Testing Typically, a generator system is required to run at full load for at least four (4) hours. It will also be required to demonstrate that it can handle step load changes from 25% of its rated kilowatt capacity to 100% of its rated kilowatt capacity. If the load test can be performed with a non-linear load bank that has a power factor that matches the specification of the generator(s) that is the best way to load test. Typically, a non-linear load bank with a power factor between 75% and 85% is utilized.
Servicing The generator(s) should be serviced after the load test and commissioning is completed, prior to release for use.
What Should You Consider After Generator Deployment?
Service Agreement. The generator owner should have a service agreement with the local generator manufacturer’s representative.
Preventative Maintenance. Preventative Maintenance should be performed at least twice a year. Most generator owners who envision their generator installation as being critical to their business execute a quarterly maintenance program.
Monitoring. A building monitoring system should be employed to provide immediate alerts if the generator and ATS systems suffer a failure, or become active because the normal power source has failed. The normal power source is typically from the electric utility company, but it could be an internal feeder breaker inside the facility that has opened and caused an ATS to start the generator(s) in an effort to provide standby power.
Regular Testing. The generator should be tested weekly for proper starting, and it should be load tested monthly or quarterly to determine that it will carry the critical load plus the required standby load and any emergency loads that it is intended to support.
Maintenance. The generator manufacturer or third party maintenance organization will notify the generator owner when important maintenance milestones are reached such as minor rebuilds and major overhauls. The run hours generally determine when these milestones are reached, but other factors related to the operational characteristics of the generator(s) also apply to determining what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.
PTS Data Center Solutions provides generator sets for power ratings from 150 kW to 2 MW. We can develop the necessary calculations to properly size your requirement and help you with generator selection, procurement, site preparation, rigging, commissioning, and regular maintenance of your generator.
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Introducing Hypervisor-based Replication. Zerto offers a virtual-aware, software-only, tier-one, enterprise-class replication solution purpose-built for virtual environments. By moving replication up the stack from the storage layer into the hypervisor, Zerto created the first and only replication solution that delivers enterprise-class, virtual replication and BC/DR capabilities for the data center and the cloud.
Zerto architecture: Simple, effective, and virtual-ready
At the heart of this patent-pending replication technology are two key components:
Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) – The ZVM plugs directly into the virtual management console (such as VMware’s VCenter), enabling visibility into the entire infrastructure. The ZVM is the nerve center of the solution, managing replication for the entire VSphere domain, keeping track of applications and information in motion in real time.
Virtual Replication Appliance (VRA) – The VRA is a software module that is automatically deployed on the physical hosts. The VRA continuously replicates data from user-selected virtual machines, compressing and sending that data to the remote site over WAN links.
Key Differences with Hypervisor-based Replication:
Because it is installed directly inside the virtual infrastructure (as opposed to on individual machines), the VRA is able to tap into a virtual machine’s IO stream. Therefore, each time the virtual machine writes to its virtual disks, the write command is captured, cloned, and sent to the recovery site.
Unlike some replication technologies that primarily offer data protection along with cumbersome snapshots and backup paradigms, Zerto’s solution provides continuous replication with zero impact on application performance.
Hypervisor-based replication is fully agnostic to storage source and destination, natively supporting all storage platforms and the full breadth of capabilities made possible by virtualization, including high availability, clustering, and the ability to locate and replicate volumes in motion.
Hypervisor-based replication offers many important benefits:
Granularity: the ability to replicate at the correct level of any virtual entity, be it a single virtual machine, a group of virtual machines, or a virtual application (such as VMware VApp).
Scalability: Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication solution is software-based so it can be deployed and managed easily, no matter how fast or large the infrastructure expands. The solution also enables administrators to perform operations and configure policies at the level of the virtual machines or applications.
Ease of management: With no guest-host requirements or additional hardware footprint, Zerto’s solution is easy to manage. It simply resides in the hypervisor, enabling centralized management from the virtual management console (such as VMware VCenter).
Server and storage motion: Only hypervisor-based replication allows you to quickly move virtual machines around from one physical server or array logical unit (data store) to another, while maintaining full replication.
Hardware-agnostic: Hypervisor-based replication is hardware-agnostic, supporting all storage arrays including Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network-Attached Storage (NAS), and virtual disk types such as Raw Device Mapping (RDM) and VMware File System (VMFS).
RPO and RTO: Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication solution achieves RPO in seconds, and RTO in minutes.
Zerto Virtual Replication for Microsoft Hyper-V: Data Replication, Backup, Recovery, & Failover
Zerto Virtual Replication, the industry’s first hypervisor-based replication solution for VMware environments, is now available for Microsoft Hyper-V. Purpose-built for production workloads and deployed on a virtual infrastructure, Zerto Virtual Replication is the only technology that combines near-continuous replication with block-level, application-consistent data protection across hosts and storage.
Zerto Virtual Replication is the first hypervisor-based replication between different hypervisors. With the revolutionary capability to automatically convert Hyper-V VMs to VMware and VMware VMs to Hyper-V on the fly, Zerto allows replication from remote office Hyper-V instances into a central VMware datacenter, seamless migrations of workloads between hypervisors or even the ability to replicate VMs from a primary VMware datacenter to a secondary Hyper-V datacenter for disaster recovery.
Zerto Virtual Replication offers an RPO (Recovery Point Objective) of seconds and consistent point in time recovery for multiple-VM, production applications. Some additional features of Zerto Virtual Replication for Microsoft Hyper-V include:
Storage agnostic replication – any storage can be used at the source and target site
Hypervisor agnostic replication – Hyper-V to Hyper-V, vSphere to Hyper-V and Hyper-V to vSphere
No snapshots – Zerto Virtual Replication uses continuous data protection to minimize impact on the production environment
Automated orchestration of disaster recovery processes for application consistency
Simple management interface for KPIs and reporting
Simple VMware Replication: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Just Got Simple!
Zerto’s replication for VMware enables automated data recovery, failover and failback and lets you select any VM in VMware’s vCenter. It’s that simple – no storage configuration necessary, no agent installation on guest required.
VMWare Replication without Storage Constraints
Zerto’s VMWare Replication protects at the VM and VMDK level, which means that protection decisions can be made without any storage constraints.
Replicate single or multiple VMs
Use an intuitive GUI embedded in VMware’s vCenter
Protect multiple virtual disks connected to the same VM
Recover immediately with the click of a button
Support replication of RDM devices
View and manage local and remote sites from the same vCenter
Deliver consistent protection across your company with the ability to support multiple sites
Enterprise Class Replication for VMware
Zerto designed Enterprise-Class replication for VMware to replace array-based replication. It provides the flexibility, scalability and ease of use expected in the virtual world without compromising any of the features and functionality required for protecting mission-critical production applications.
Achieve seconds of RPO with continuous replication
Recover applications instantly and automatically, providing RTO of minutes
Protect thousands of VMs with scale-out replication architecture
Reduce application performance impact to zero by eliminating snapshots
Recover from logical or operator errors with journal-based, point-in-time recovery
The size of the journal automatically increases and decreases based on the amount of changed data, ensuring protection even when applications generate large bursts of data.
Monitor and report with built-in reporting and performance UI
Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO) protection extends disaster recovery to branch offices or environments managed by a single vCenter
Recovery validation for live failover
Increased manageability of alerts and events with a new centralized tab for better cause/effect analysis
Expanded REST API capabilities for orchestration, events and alerts
Improved environment maintenance using new VRA tabs and workflows
Multi-tier Application Protection & Recovery
Protect applications, not LUNs! With Zerto’s Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs), you can group VMs and virtual disks to be protected and recovered together. This provides complete consistency, regardless of physical location on servers and storage.
Parallel recovery accelerates large application availability
Group VMs and virtual disks into VPGs
Maintain all properties of VPGs, VMs and vApps
Test recovery, failover and failback of entire VPGs
Support VMotion, storage VMotion, DRS and HA while replicating
Multi-site replication, protection and migration, enabling the protection of data at branch offices
Offsite cloning and backup – create a copy of VMs on the replication site for testing, backup or development, with no impact on the production environment
Get application protection policy and QoS
Leverage built-in support for VSS and VMware vApp objects
Zerto eliminates the need to use multiple solutions for your business continuity and disaster recovery needs. All required workflows and functionality are built-in with easy-to-follow, scalable wizards, empowering you to:
Recovery reports document execution of BC/DR processes, for easy auditing and reporting
‘test-before-you-commit’ function allows test of a specific failover point before committing it, enabling 100% assurance that failover will be successful
Failover one or more VPGs through automated failback
Recover to a historic point-in-time with journal-based CDP
Recover applications instantly, in full read-write mode
Test failover, including full remote recovery in a sandboxed zone
Migrate workloads to a remote datacenter
Monitor with Recovery Time Objective (RTO) reports documenting results of BC/DR tests
NEW with ZVR 3.5 Enhanced Alert Handling (Include applicable problem and resolution information
NEW! Offsite Backup
Zerto Virtual Replication 3.5 introduces a new paradigm in data protection, Zerto Offsite Backup. This new feature increases the usefulness of data that is replicated for the purposes of business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR). A duplicate backup infrastructure is no longer required for backup, significantly reducing the overhead on the production environment. Zerto Virtual Replication extends the journal, which offers continuous data protection for up to 5 days worth of data, retaining daily, weekly, and monthly copies of data.
Automate retention management, ensuring that the following is available at all times per Virtual Protection Group (VPG): Daily copies for the last week, Weekly copies for the last month, Monthly copies for the last year
Configure backup start times and target repository
Ensure backup or disaster recovery operations are executed as needed
Review backups and retention times to ensure business requirements are met
Configure reports to be sent on a daily or weekly basis to provide complete backup information
vCloud Director Integration
vCloud 5.1 seamless integration including native support for vApps, Storage Profiles, Org Networks, Provider VDC and more
Easily replicates between vSphere and vCloud environments
Is Your Data Replication Solution Aligned with Virtualization?
Zerto’s award winning hypervisor-based replication software enables alignment of your Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan with your IT strategy. By using hypervisor-based data replication, you can reduce DR complexity and hardware costs and still protect your mission-critical virtualized applications.
Virtualization and cloud benefits include increased flexibility, better asset utilization and reduced operational and maintenance costs. However, legacy business continuity solutions for virtualized mission-critical applications impede these benefits as they are complex to manage, do not support advanced virtualization features and require additional hardware and software resources. All the benefits that are expected when the application is virtualized – lower costs, simplified management – are lost. As a result, your IT strategy is not aligned – you need to juggle a virtualized production environment with a physical replication solution.
If you are force-fitting a physical replication solution for DR of virtualized applications, you’re missing out on the key benefits of virtual-aware disaster recovery:
Benefit 1: Reduce Hardware Costs
Zerto is software-only and hardware-agnostic – so you can replicate from any type of storage to any type of storage.
Leverage existing, underutilized storage as the replication target.
Leverage lower-cost storage at the replication site.
Benefit 2: Reduce Complexity and Streamline IT Operations
Zerto dramatically reduces your day-to-day management complexity and streamlines your operations, eliminating the complexity typically associated with managing BC/ DR software solutions. Many of the manual tasks associated with a typical DR solution are automated with Zerto, reducing or eliminating errors.
Select a VM in VMware vSphere vCenter and, with a few clicks, it is replicated and protected.
Zerto fully automates the entire failover and failback process, including creation of all the VMs, reconfiguring IP addresses and executing custom scripts.
Absolutely NO snapshots. Zerto uses continuous replication and does not utilize snapshots which can slow down your production environment.
With Zerto’s unique ‘Virtual Protection Group’ concept, you can protect an entire application spanning multiple VMs with a single policy and a single automated failover and failback process.
Zerto seamlessly supports VMware VMotion, DRS and HA, plus Storage VMotion and DRS. With Zerto, you are able to fully realize the benefits of VMware and ensure your data protection strategy is maintained exactly as you have specified.
Zerto’s software-automated installation does not require any changes to your storage or server infrastructure, making deployment simple and straightforward. The entire install process is completed in minutes.
Benefit 3: Powerful BC/DR for Mission-Critical Applications
Protecting mission-critical applications is not only about copying data. It is about ensuring application recovery, protecting from logical errors and frequently testing failover to ensure you can recover when needed.
Protect entire applications by selecting the VMs that are part of the application and let Zerto do the rest.
Ensure consistent application protection and recovery with Zerto’s Virtual Protection Group, with or without VSS support.
Test failover with the click of a button, while maintaining protection of your production application.
Recover from logical errors with ‘point-in-time’ recovery, enabling you to failover to a previous point in time.
Data Replication Software for Virtualized IT Environments from Zerto
Zerto is the first hypervisor-based, virtual-aware, data replication software solution specifically designed for tier-one applications deployed on virtual infrastructure. It replaces traditional array-based replication and business continuity / disaster recovery solutions that are not built to deal with the virtual IT paradigm.