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May 22, 2019
ZERTOCON — US Signal, the cloud infrastructure services company, has for several years been using Zerto disaster recovery tools to help customers do mission-critical data replications and to migrate data to new clouds or IT systems. But now that Zerto has bolstered its flagship backup and data recovery application with long-term data retention capabilities, US Signal is eyeing deeper use of Zerto’s flagship backup and data recovery features for its customer base.
US Signal is one of some 800 Zerto partners and customers at the company’s annual ZertoCON conference, held this year in Nashville’s Music City Center. They came to hear about the latest features in the new application and more about the company’s strategy and data protection mission.
Matt VanderZwaag, the director of product development for US Signal, told Channel Futures at the conference that his company uses the earlier Zerto 6 to provide data replication services to customers for mission-critical workloads and as their primary platform for application and data migrations for customers who want to move to new clouds or other IT systems. US Signal has been using Zerto 6 failover features to conduct the migrations for customers.
US Signal’s Matt VanderZwaag
“We don’t use Zerto for backup, but we will be revisiting that with Zerto 7.0,” due to the all-new long-term data retention features that are now included, he said. “Previously users could only keep that data for 30 days [with Zerto 6] and now data retention is up to seven years” for the new version. “That has always been an important number – seven years – when it comes to regulatory compliance, so that really brings it up to where it needs to be,” said VanderZwaag.
US Signal provides customers with data protection services from other vendors – including Veeam, Acronis and Dell EMC – as well.
Another technology partner, Sumeet Sabharwal, group vice president and general manager with cloud service provider Navisite, said the increased IT resiliency promised by Zerto 7.0’s expanded features will be a boon for his customers as well.
Navisite’s Sumeet Sabharwal
“For our customers, we host their applications and provide desktop as a service and other end-user services,” said Sabharwal. “Because we are managing their mission-critical applications, resiliency is an important part of that story. On-premises disaster recovery and backup are core parts of the services you give to your customers. Zerto is very good for virtualized workloads.”
Navisite has been offering Zerto services to their customers since 2014, and since both companies are based in Boston, they often have their leaders connecting to discuss features, strategy, customer needs and more, said Sabharwal.
“We have had great support from Zerto,” including a close and beneficial relationship with Zerto founder and CEO Ziv Kedem, who meets with Navisite every three months.
The two companies have engineers who routinely cross-pollinate with each other, spending time in their respective offices and providing help and feedback in both directions, he said.
Several IT analysts who were also at the conference told Channel Futures that the newly added features in Zerto 7.0 will be welcomed by users.
“People who are here are very enthusiastic,” analyst Randy Kerns of the Evaluator Group, said of the attendees. “They’re not standing up and …
… screaming, ‘When are you going to fix this?’ That’s a very good sign.”
Zerto is a young company and strategies taken by users are typically long-term, making it a hard market to be in, said Kerns.
“Zerto has done some very interesting things that have some high value for customers. That’s what we’re hearing here.”
Another analyst, Frank Trovato of Info-Tech Research Group, said that more and more traditional data backup vendors such as Commvault are moving into disaster recovery as well, while disaster recovery vendors like Zerto are moving into backup, with overlap on both sides.
“I think that’s why we’re hearing a lot of vendors saying the same thing,” said Trovato. “They are all trying to move to that converged solution that is seamless, so it’s like one platform to do backup, disaster recovery and archiving. Zerto is a great product. What they do is very good and now they are trying to push the boundaries.”
Todd R. Weiss is an award-winning technology journalist who covers open source and Linux, cloud service providers, cloud computing, virtualization, containers and microservices, mobile devices, security, enterprise applications, enterprise IT, software development and QA, IoT and more. He has worked previously as a staff writer for Computerworld and eWEEK.com, covering a wide variety of IT beats. He spends his spare time working on a book about an unheralded member of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves, watching classic Humphrey Bogart movies and collecting toy taxis from around the world.
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