Datto Welcomes MSPs To DattoCon With Major Enhancements To Its Data Protection Technology


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Data protection developer Datto on Tuesday introduced a significant expansion of its MSP-focused backup and recovery technology including the addition of flash storage-based appliances, better options for Office 365, and new networking capabilities, such as quality of service control.

The new offerings were unveiled at DattoCon, the company's annual partner conference held this week in Denver.

DattoCon has become North America's second-largest MSP-focused conference, with about 1,000 MSPs expected to attend, said Matt Richards, vice president of product marketing at Norwalk, Conn.-based Datto.

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"Dato's primary channel is MSPs," Richards told CRN. "Everything we do is built up around them. Our portal and technology are all designed to help MSPs grow to scale while helping their customers grow their revenue."

Datto offers its MSPs three separate product lines, Richards said.

The first is a line of data protection software and appliances backed by the company's own 300-plus-TB cloud based in nine data centers worldwide to provide business continuity, Richards said. This provides business continuity by keeping copies of data on-premises and in the Datto cloud, he said.

The continuity line includes the Siris family, which does failover of applications when a server goes down to virtual machines running in the on-premises appliance for the fastest recovery, Richards said. It also includes the Alto family which spins up applications to run in the Datto cloud in a failover situation, he said.

The second is the company's managed networking line with routers, switches, and Wi-Fi equipment, Richards said. This line was enhanced in January with Datto's acquisition of Open Mesh, he said.

The third is SaaS protection to provide cloud backup for Office 365 and other cloud-based applications, Richards. "These applications have their own cloud backup, but if the applications fail, businesses have to handle recovery on their own," he said. "With our SaaS protection line, we take care of it."

New to Datto's continuity line is the Siris S3X4, a 4-TB all-flash desktop version of the data protection appliance which measures only 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches by 2 inches. The company also introduced a new Siris family, the Siris 3 X Professional line, of three 1U rack-mount models with 4 TBs, 8 TBs, or 12 TBs of capacity, Richards said.

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