The Zerto 9.5 update adds Linux support and multi-cloud storage

Zerto’s latest update to its Zerto platform adds support for Linux data recovery, a major upgrade for Kubernetes users, and new features for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform users.

The Zerto 9.5 update, now generally available to Zerto customers, brings new features to help organizations build cyber resiliency and data recovery. Key new features in the 9.5 update include support for immutable data in Microsoft Azure, a new Debian Linux virtual appliance for managing Zerto, and support for Google Cloud Platform storage.

Zerto, now a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company after its acquisition last year, sells disaster recovery, cyber resilience and other business continuity services through its Zerto platform, which uses virtual replication to enable granular data recovery.

Each of the 9.5 updates expands the capabilities of the Zerto platform, said Christophe Bertrand, practice director at Enterprise Strategy Group, a division of TechTarget.

Although part of HPE, Bertrand said, Zerto appears to remain operationally independent and able to develop technologies to combat ransomware without slowing down the development that such corporate maneuvers usually entail.

“Zerto goes wider and deeper and builds on the platform,” said Bertrand. “[Ransomware] is a broadband problem that requires a broadband solution.”

Container-centric future

The new pre-built Linux virtual appliance based on Debian Linux allows management of Zerto’s features and capabilities on Linux.

The Zerto platform previously operated in a Windows environment, but this addition allows Zerto to protect Linux environments with features such as automated upgrades and troubleshooting capabilities, according to Kevin Cole, Zerto’s director of technical marketing and training.

“This is the future of Zerto,” said Cole. “People want a platform that’s a little harder to infect and a little harder to spread.”

[Ransomware] is a broadband problem that requires a broadband solution.
Christopher BertrandPractice Leader, Enterprise Strategy Group

The need to secure containerized data is a growing market, according to Johnny Yu, research manager at IDC. Container service providers originally viewed storage infrastructure as ephemeral, but organizations are integrating operational workloads into container services and need enterprise-class protection.

“[This Linux appliance] seems to be the secret backroad to target the container people,” Yu said. “I see every reason to want to take care of this crowd.”

Zerto sells a Kubernetes-specific backup and disaster recovery service, Zerto for Kubernetes.

Linux’s popularity and open-source roots don’t guarantee a foolproof environment against ransomware, said Krista Macomber, senior analyst at the Evaluator Group, but Linux underpins the popular container orchestration platform, Kubernetes.

Kubernetes and other container platforms can provide greater data security due to the fragmented nature of microservices, but increase the infrastructure surface area for a potential attack, she said. The features that Zerto can provide for Linux, such as However, security technologies such as multi-factor authentication (MFA) and role-based access control (RBAC) can help mitigate these threats.

“Microservices architectures are gaining attention because they are potentially more secure,” Macomber said. “Features that Zerto added like MFA and RBAC and the ability to heal itself are important.”

The update also adds instant file recovery for Linux and enables file recovery in Linux VMs.

Constant azure

Zerto users looking to take advantage of hyperscaler clouds outside of AWS can now use native version-level immutability to protect and store immutable copies of data in Microsoft Azure. Zerto previously only supported AWS and its object locking feature to create and store immutable copies for long-term retention.

The update also adds support for Google Cloud Platform storage as a data copy destination. As of this update, Zerto does not support other native GCP features, including immutability.

Zero also expanded its partnership with Keepit with an update to Zerto Backup for SaaS and added support for Azure Active Directory, a cloud-based user identity and access management service.

Zerto launched Zerto Backup for SaaS last year with support for Microsoft 365, Salesforce and Google Workspace data.

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