ZertoCON Takeaways: IT Resilience is ‘It’

June 26, 2018
Disaster Recovery

US Signal Team at ZertoCON

A few weeks ago, we shipped the US Signal team out to Boston for one of our favorite partner events of the year - ZertoCON 2018 - where we found ourselves ‘Resilient and Ready’ to rock. 

It was a buzzing show over the course of three days, with big names gracing the stage like WIRED Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson who explored the future of being human in the digital age, Gartner Research Vice President John Morency who examined where the backup market is headed and Zerto CEO Ziv Kedem who revealed what’s in store for the IT resilience innovator.

We’re lucky to work with Zerto through our Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution, powered by the Zerto IT Resilience Platform. The partnership provides organizations with near continuous block-level replication of critical workloads, and virtual machines are protected from their production data center to a US Signal cloud data center. 

US Signal Professional Services Engineers work with your team to deploy the required Zerto software components within the source compute environment. Once the software components have been deployed and US Signal private network connectivity established, the replication of workloads will be configured and managed by US Signal--saving you time, money and IT resources.

Our team members on-site at ZertoCON had the chance to listen to our customer, Peter Graves, CIO of Independent Bank (headquartered in Western Michigan) share on a customer panel.  He emphasized ‘finding the right partners that will be on your side’ when it comes to cloud adoption--as well as replication and rollback capabilities in the face of an unplanned outage to ensure a smooth customer experience. This is especially important to the bank, as its motto is “Large enough to serve you. Small enough to know you.”

We also witnessed the unveiling of the company’s IT Resilience Platform and vision for the future of backup, which will improve both partner and customer experiences. The Zerto IT Resilience Platform is the first to converge backup, disaster recovery and cloud mobility solutions into one single, simple and scalable solution--enabling organizations to seamlessly adopt new technology and drive IT transformation while mitigating the risks of downtime for an always-on experience.

Zerto 7, an upcoming iteration of the platform, will be released in Q1 2019 and will offer an Elastic Journal, intelligent indexing and search across on-premises or cloud to enable recovery for short and long-term retention, data protection workflows to automate recovery from any point and more.

Between the keynotes and educational sessions we were able to attend, our top takeaways from the show include:

Patrick Miller, product manager

“Leveraging their expertise in replication, Zerto is disrupting the backup market with an elastic journal for checkpoint retention up to seven years.”

“Some businesses are 3+ years behind and are only just now discovering the benefits and capabilities of Zerto-based DRaaS. The announcements of the future of backup and the upcoming advancements within the IT Resilience Platform will increase this adoption.”

“Zerto has shown commitment to seeing around the curve with its development by pushing deeper into the public cloud space while remaining committed to supporting the hybrid deployments.” 

Matt VanderZwaag, director of product development

“Zerto 7 is going to potentially change the landscape of backups for virtual machines. It’s pushing the envelope on the purpose of backups in general – something that this legacy data protection mechanism needs.”

“Zerto and VMware (vCD) have a tight development relationship that provides assurances that our core cloud and data protection offerings will be supported for years to come.”

Paul Flores, senior professional services engineer

“Zerto seems very committed towards becoming a full-fledged IT resilience company and is looking to directly compete with traditional backup software vendors.”

“Zerto’s API is super flexible and allows for deep automation of basic tasks.”

“Coupling Zerto with VMware NSX allows for robust failover network architecture.”

And most importantly… 

Jim Schuyler, senior architect

Ziv Kedem continues to be an absolute stud, and a beacon for all slightly awkward nerds who want to be hunks.”

We’re excited to continue our relationship with this forward-thinking firm and its team of knowledgeable (and studly!) experts that are changing backup and disaster recovery as we know them. IT resilience is ‘it’ if you want to keep your business consistently up and running and your customers happy.