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DattoCon 2022: 10 Big Takeaways From Datto’s Fred Voccola

C.J. Fairfield

‘More and more MSPs are becoming more and more mature, which means the competition is becoming better,’ says Fred Voccola, CEO of Kaseya and Datto.

Fred Voccola was “a little nervous” when he took the stage at DattoCon on Monday morning.

“I’m a little nervous, I’ve got to be honest,” said Voccola, who is the CEO of Kaseya and Datto. “Usually I don’t get nervous and I’m a little nervous today. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to present to this group as the CEO of Datto.”

For the first time in three years, due to the pandemic, DattoCon was held in person in Washington, D.C. as a newly acquired company: Datto, a Kaseya company.

In April, Miami-based Kaseya announced it would buy rival vendor Datto, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., for $6.2 billion.

The deal closed in June with Voccola promising to invest in Datto products and to meet the needs of both Datto and Kaseya partners to help them grow.

“DattoCon has always been a place for innovation,” he said at the show, which brought in more than 2,000 attendees. “It’s always been the industry event.”

At the show, Voccola announced a 24/7 Datto managed SOC (security operations center) powered by RocketCyber and Datto EDR (endpoint detection and response).

“These are super, super amazing offerings that will allow every MSP in this room to amplify their security posture and spend less money, because we charge a third to one-half as much as what other individual providers do,” he said.

He also announced that in February 2023 Kaseya is going to launch a co-managed marketplace.

“We’re going to bring the people looking for co-managed opportunities and fully-managed opportunities to MSPs,” he said. “That’s a way that we can help our partners become more successful by taking advantage of your next growth area for excellence.”

Heather Simek, vice president of RJ2 Technologies, a Schaumburg, Ill.-based MSP, said she believes Voccola “has grown in the last 10 weeks understanding the MSP world.”

“I think that was something that was missing,” she told CRN.

Simek said she’s excited to see all of the new products and capabilities, “but I’m concerned that they’re getting so much done so quickly.”

“They’re targeting February to have full integration,” she said. “That seems crazy to me but they must have the resources to do it. But I think it’s going to be easier to manage.”

During his keynote speech, Voccola touched on a variety of topics such as investment in Datto products, the SMB space, technology efficiency and MSP competition, but he reiterated that nothing will be perfect and there will be bumps in the road.

“I want to be very clear, we’re going to make mistakes,” he said. “I wish we didn’t. I stay up all night trying to make sure that we don’t, but we’re going to make mistakes. But I think we’re going to do more things right than we do wrong.”

Click the slideshow to read Voccola’s biggest statements at DattoCon 2022.

 

 
C.J. Fairfield

CJ Fairfield is an associate editor at CRN covering solution providers, MSPs and distributors. Prior to joining CRN, she worked at daily newspapers, including The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey and The Frederick News-Post in Maryland. She can be reached at cfairfield@thechannelcompany.com.

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