IBM has enlisted Zerto as the muscle behind physical and virtual data protection.
The Zerto replication engine is powering IBM’s Resiliency Orchestration disaster recovery as a service. IBM’s Resiliency Orchestration DRaaS recovers virtual and physical workloads running on IBM mainframe, IBM Power AIX, IBM System I, Oracle Solaris and HP-UX.
Mehran Hadipour, director of global business development at Zerto, said the IBM-Zerto collaboration was sparked by a customer who was looking to replicate virtual and physical workloads.
“IBM can protect from mainframe to virtual workloads,” Hadipour said.
IBM Resiliency Orchestration with Zerto provides disaster recovery, data protection and data workload mobility, on premises or across cloud platforms.
Hadipour said the target customer for the IBM DRaaS wants a completely managed disaster recovery product for the whole data center, including physical and virtual workloads. That’s likely an enterprise with a large infrastructure.
There are few options for that kind of protection, Hadipour said.
Veeam Software, which originally focused just on virtual backup and recovery, recently added support for physical protection.
The IBM Resiliency Orchestration with Zerto replication has its roots in IBM’s 2016 acquisition of Sanovi Technologies, Hadipour said. Sanovi provided business continuity and disaster recovery for workloads across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. IBM integrated Sanovi’s technologies into its resiliency services.
IBM Resiliency Orchestration is available on premises, in the IBM Cloud and through IBM resiliency data centers. It can include Zerto’s replication technology, the complete VMware stack and end-to-end IBM managed services, in one dashboard, according to Zerto.
The product with Zerto replication is available now, sold through IBM, as both software and a managed service.
Zerto has collaborated with IBM before. For example, in 2016, Zerto announced its flagship Virtual Replication product can protect workloads running on the IBM Cloud.