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Zerto Raises Millions for R&D

Zerto is a company, founded in 2009, that provides enterprise class business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for virtualised infrastructure and cloud. According to their website, their software, Zero Virtual Replication, “is the industry’s first hypervisor-based replication solution for tier-one applications” and as such won them awards such as the 2011 Product of the Year Gold Award. The CEO of the company, Ziv Kedeem, previously co-founded Kashya (another data-protection solution company), which was acquired by EMC in 2006.

Using virtual-aware disaster recovery such as Zerto has a number of benefits. Firstly, it will reduce your hardware costs. You can replicate from any storage to another, meaning that you can seek out the lowest cost storage option available. Secondly, the software automates many complicated procedures associated with BC/DR and has seamless support for VMware VMotion, DRS and HA, and Storage VMotion and DRS. Thirdly, the software has a focus on ensuring application recovery, rather than simply copying the data that it produces. This helps protect from logical errors and the fact that it often tests failover ensures that recovery is available when needed.

The firm was founded in Israel, but now also has a headquarters in America in Boston. The company have recently announced that they’ve managed to raise $26 million in Series D financing in order to help expand worldwide and to put focus onto their research and development.

Current investors including Greylock IL, RTP Ventures, Battery Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners were amongst some who helped fund the multi-million financing. It was led overall, however, by a new financing partner in the form of Harmony Partners.

Since its inception in 2009, Zerto has raised $60 million total. The firm continues to grow and, according to Ziv Kedem, the plan is the double the company’s workforce within the next couple of years. At current count there are 130 employees in each office at South Boston’s Fort Point and Herzliya, Israel. The majority of the new jobs in Boston will be focused on sales, marketing and customer support. New offices also opened recently in the United Kingdom and Australia, showing just how serious Zerto are about their global expansion.

Currently standing, the company has over 500 enterprise customers and 100 managed cloud service providers. These include KPN, Colt and Terremark, all who offer cloud disaster recovery from Zerto.

It’s not known specifically how well the company is doing financially, but between 2012 and 2013 the firm had a 200 percent growth in revenue, with obvious plans to exceed that for the future. Indeed, with a whole host of investors keen to help fund this flowering business, it’s clear that Zerto and its CEO is doing something right.

A free trial of Zerto Virtual Replication can be found at the company’s official website. Simply fill out the contact detail form and someone from the company will be in touch with you directly. You’ll also be able to explore, in further detail, some of the partners that Zerto are paired with in order to provide added value to their customers.


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