Thanks to @Josh_Atwell, @Sixfootdad and @Cody_Bunch for allowing me to talk about my favorite technical topic – virtualization and DR. Here is the link to the presentation http://professionalvmware.com/2013/02/vbrownbag-disaster-recovery-with-zerto-shannon-snowden-zerto-shannonsnowden/.
During the presentation, I shared a rather large diagram showing the flexibility of Zerto.
Here is the .pdf
Some relevant points about this diagram:
- Using the same ZVR backend, you can host DRaaS customers for DR or migrations or provide in-cloud DR hosting.
- You can also have your own infrastructure protected from cloud to cloud just like your customers.
- The Virtual Replication Appliances (VRAs) provide bi-directional replication.
- The VRAs can replicate between multiple sites as easily as the two sites shown in the diagram.
- The VRAs do not have to be on the same network as the VMs they are protecting. The VRAs are installed on each ESX host and they only need to be on the replication network.
- The Zerto Cloud Connectors (ZCC) enable complete tenant isolation for customers or different department networks while keeping the management backend from being accessible by the customers.
- The presentation shows how Zerto is completely integrated with VMware’s vCloud Director (vCD). One thing to remember is you can still have a multi-tenant deployment without vCD. The ZCCs actually isolate the tenants, so the rest is just how you want to handle your backend resources. I know Zerto has customers that have multiple tenants and do not run vCD. Some have their own custom portals and leverage Zerto API’s.
- The Zerto Replication Managers (ZVM) install and run as a Windows Server service.
- The VRAs and ZCCs are small Linux Appliances deployed from .ovf files once you have the ZVM up and running.
If you have any questions, DM or tweet me on Twitter @shannonsnowden
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