Rsync is one of those utilities that doesn't come nativity normally. Some flavors do install it during installation of the operating system while others demand you to install it.
You don't have to install it but it is good if you need to do some special tasks.
It's meant as a utility to synchronize two directories which in turn can be done in various ways. It can do it between two servers/computers or between two local directories or even as a server for others to synchronize with your local package.