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Cloud Fabric Technology to Solve Challenges of Workload Portability

Meet Zerto at Cloud Expo New York

Zerto on Wednesday announced its strategy to create a new infrastructure layer called "Cloud Fabric" that allows organizations to seamlessly move and protect virtualized workloads between public, private and hybrid clouds across leading hypervisors and cloud providers.

Gil Levonai, VP marketing and products at Zerto, stated, "The notion of a Cloud Fabric is a concept that will evolve over time, but certainly includes ability to protect and mobilize production workloads between VMware, Microsoft, Amazon, OpenStack and in a later stage between any cloud or hypervisor. This is vital for both providers and customers to avoid lock-in and to retain their ability to choose any IT environment that fits their business needs."

Through hypervisor-based replication technology, Zerto enables the replication, orchestration, reporting and monitoring of BC/DR and migration operations across multiple sites for cloud service providers (CSPs) and enterprises. In delivering recovery, mobility and data protection solutions to more than 450 enterprises, including many Fortune 1000 companies, Zerto identified the key functionality required for production workloads to utilize any cloud:

  • A powerful transport layer for data and applications - one that is cross-hypervisor and hardware-agnostic
  • Orchestration of the mobility of complex applications
  • Encapsulation of all of the dependencies that are part of an application such as boot order, IP configuration and more
  • Production-level tools for the highest service levels of data mobility and protection - so that mobility of workloads is easy to manage and report on

Specific Zerto Cloud Fabric components will be released throughout this year.

Zerto currently helps more than 100 managed cloud service providers (CSP) including Terremark, Bluelock, Colt and Kelway to replicate workloads across VMware-based clouds.

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