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Zerto has announced the general availability of their Zerto 9 product in order to put up a fight against ransomware. With “one of a kind” automation and immutability features, Zerto 9 would offer enhanced cloud data management and protection capabilities for end-users and managed service providers (MSPs), new backup capabilities consisting of support for additional cloud platforms, and cloud tiering to deliver “secure and cost-effective” archive storage and simplified management.

Considering Zerto, it is an organization that helps customers in accelerating IT transformation via a single, scalable platform for cloud data protection and management. The company was acquired by HPE in July this year for the amount of $374. Created especially for enterprise scale, Zerto’s software-only platform uses continuous data protection to converge disaster recovery, backup, and data mobility. It would also eliminate the risks and complexity of cloud adoption and modernization.

“Zerto 9 enables organizations to defend their business from the consequences of ransomware, and with fully orchestrated failover and failback, organizations can recover infected applications and data from just seconds back,” said Deepak Verma, vice president, product management for Zerto. “With just a few clicks, our journal-based recovery is flexible enough to recover only what is needed, whether that’s files, virtual machines, or an entire application stack from a point-in-time. As ransomware attacks continue to escalate, these are game-changing capabilities that we have had built into our platform for many years now, and they just keep getting better with every release.”

Recover from Ransomware Attacks

Photo Deepak Verma, vice president, product management for Zerto
“Zerto 9 enables organizations to defend their business from the consequences of ransomware, and with fully orchestrated failover and failback, organizations can recover infected applications and data from just seconds back,” said Deepak Verma, vice president, product management for Zerto.

Ransomware attacks continue to scale up in terms of volume and severity. This would lead to a surge in financial, legal, and even political ramifications, according to Zerto. For organizations it might be smart to invest in technology that enables them to recover and resume operations quickly following a ransomware attack instead of just focusing on protecting from attacks. Zerto would allow organizations to move on from a ransomware attack with minimal data loss and downtime by allowing users to rewind and recover data with a granularity from any point in time.

This complete process is executed in a matter of seconds after a disruptive event. Zerto 9 allows immutability settings for long-term data retention to be easily managed from within the Zerto user interface. As a result, users can set how long backups can remain unchanged, safeguarding them to the cloud to protect them from any malicious modification or deletion of data, including ransomware. This release also offers immutability support for Amazon S3.

Zerto 9 comes with new automated VM protection to ensure complete, flexible data protection over each environment even when new VMs are added. With the utilization of vSphere tags, servers can be quickly added to Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs) without any manual configuration to instantly protect workloads with existing or new protection groups and apply existing SLA rules, including alerts and pre-validation.

New Capabilities for End Users and MSPs

Zerto 9 will continue growing its disaster recovery capabilities to include new support for additional cloud platforms and new cloud tiering to provide secure and cost-effective archive storage and simplified management for both managed service providers and end-users.

Within the Zerto user interface, backup is now managed within its own separate context. A brand-new Virtual Protection Group (VPG) known as local continuous backup VPG allows easy configuration and management of CDP-based backups and long-term retention of VMs. The new VPGs offer users the ability to segregate less critical VMs that need the only backup and restore from the critical VMs that require full Zerto disaster recovery features.

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