HPE helps customers recover from cyberattacks in minutes with acquisition of data protection leader, Zerto

JULY 1, 2021 • BLOG POST • TOM BLACK, SVP AND GM HPE STORAGE

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IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Zerto brings disaster recovery technology built for the data era
  • Zerto mitigates the threat of ransomware and other cyber attacks
  • Zerto enables hybrid and multi-cloud application and data mobility

Zerto brings continuous data protection and expands HPE GreenLake edge to cloud platform

HPE Storage is on a multi-year mission to reinvent storage and transform the way our customers manage and harness their data from edge to cloud. Today, we’ve taken another step towards that goal with the announced acquisition of Zerto, an industry leader in cloud data management and protection, including ransomware and cyber-attack risk mitigation. This combination will accelerate HPE Storage’s transformation to a cloud-native software-defined data services business and positions HPE as a strategic partner to help customers further protect one of their most important assets: data. 

With Zerto as part of the HPE family, we will be able to deliver the most robust disaster recovery as-a-service solution in the industry – for any storage device, any app, any cloud, and any recovery SLA. Zerto brings to HPE the fastest recovery objectives for always-on applications, ransomware protection from increasing cyber threats, and seamless hybrid cloud application and data mobility. 

Zerto brings disaster/recovery technology built for the data era

With data as the most critical asset, explosive growth of data, and ever-increasing ransomware threats, organizations need to modernize data protection from edge-to-cloud. Traditional snapshot-based data protection solutions with recovery points measured in hours are no longer good enough. Organizations need innovative solutions that ensure their data and applications can be recovered rapidly while mitigating against data loss, that data is protected wherever it lives, and that data protection is made easy and simple.

Zerto brings market-leading journal-based continuous data protection (CDP) technology for disaster recovery across hybrid and multi-cloud environments to enable the always-on digital organization. Zerto is one of the leaders in the industry with the lowest recovery point objectives (RPOs) and fastest recovery time objectives (RTOs) that virtually eliminate data loss and downtime to ensure continuous availability. Through its CDP technology, organizations can create thousands of restore and recovery points, only seconds apart, to deliver recovery point objectives. Journal-based recovery makes it easy to select granular checkpoints every five seconds to rewind and restore entire sites, large enterprise applications, VMs, folders, and files.

With Zerto’s disaster recovery software proven at scale with more than 9,000 customers globally and more than 350 Managed Service Providers who power their data protection as a service offering with Zerto’s software, you can trust Zerto to protect your mission-critical application workloads.

Zerto mitigates the threat of ransomware and other cyber attacks

Data protection is a critical line of defense against ransomware as it enables organizations to recover data and applications without being held hostage. But down-to-the-second granularity is a must-have priority to minimize data loss. Zerto keeps data protected in real time – with the granularity to recover precisely to seconds before the attack occurred and is flexible enough to recover only what’s needed: a few files, virtual machines, or entire applications.

Zerto enables hybrid and multi-cloud application and data mobility

Organizations are increasingly hybrid and need a cloud everywhere experience where data and applications flow seamlessly wherever their data lives – and needs to be.  Zerto continuously replicates data and can migrate data and applications between VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments and natively to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure – with unparalleled simplicity and orchestration. Hybrid and multi-cloud mobility is further extended with support for VMware on public cloud with support for Azure VMware Solution (AVS), Google Cloud VMware Engine, and Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. This enables organizations to easily failover or migrate applications to the public cloud as one unified experience.

Accelerating our storage vision and expanding data services

HPE Storage recently unveiled a new vision for Unified DataOps that will help organizations redefine how they manage their data and infrastructure by eliminating the silos and complexity and streamlining data operations across hybrid cloud. We recently brought that vision to life with Data Services Cloud Console, a SaaS console for delivering unified data operations as a service and the cloud experience wherever data lives. We also expanded HPE GreenLake, our edge-to-cloud platform, with our Data Services Cloud Console, and now we’re expanding further with Zerto.

This acquisition underpins our vision and marks the next step in HPE Storage’s transformation from being a leader in storage to becoming the leader in data services management.  Integrating Zerto into HPE’s Data Services Cloud Console will empower organizations to unlock and mobilize their data to accelerate innovation and protect their data to safeguard against threats and disruptions.

Combining two cultures of excellence

In any business combination, it’s essential that the two companies have complementary cultures and in Zerto, I believe we’ve found that. Throughout our discussions with Zerto, I’ve been highly impressed by the culture of innovation they’ve developed and their willingness to tackle the toughest challenges. Looking at our respective track records, it’s clear Zerto and HPE share the same ethos: a customer first, customer last approach; a team culture where intellectual honesty thrives; and a belief that innovation is critical to our ongoing success. It’s my pleasure to welcome the Zerto management team as they join the HPE family.

Looking to the future

The addition of Zerto’s talented and unparalleled expertise will accelerate our progress towards our goal of reinventing the storage experience and delivering a cloud operational model to our customers on-premises environments. In my blog last month, I talked about the importance of making bold moves, this is one such move, and I am excited to begin bringing Zerto into our family.  Stay tuned -- in the following months you will see HPE continue to innovate in the Storage and cloud data services space and make the vision of Unified DataOps the new experience for our customers.

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