Azure Quick Tip: What Do You Need in Azure for Zerto to Work?

One of the most frequent questions we get at Zerto is “What do I need in Azure to use Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR)?”

I find one of the easiest ways to visualize what Zerto is consuming in Azure is to pull up the Virtual Protection Groups (VPG) creation wizard in ZVR. For more on ZVR VPGs, see this great post from 

I’ve got a vSphere site paired to the Zerto Cloud Appliance (ZCA) in Azure that I deployed from the Azure Marketplace. I’ve pulled up the VPG wizard and picked Azure as the target location for protection. This screenshot shows what ZVR is looking for in Azure in order to protect the VMs:

Looking at the left column we see very straightforward infrastructure requirements: VNet, Subnet, Network Security Group (NSG), Virtual Machine Series and Virtual Machine Size. Simply put, ZVR needs a network created in Azure, at least one subnet, a firewall (NSG), and you to tell it what size VM do you want to create.

For more flexibility of choice, the Virtual Machine Series and Virtual Machine Size can be different for testing and for production.

I’m Back!

After a long absence, I’m going to start posting again. The funny thing is over the last few years, I’ve written more content than I ever have; but it’s all gone for my day job at Zerto. As a Senior Technical Architect, creating content is a constant.

We are working on so many cool things and more are coming every day. Zerto is becoming more of a platform rather than just a DR point product. So, I’m going to make an effort to share more Zerto things here as well as other stuff I find interesting.