Datto Upgrades SMB Disaster Recovery Families, Adds NAS With Cloud Backup

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Storage vendor Datto on Monday expanded its data protection line with new versions of its hybrid on-premise and cloud solution, as well its first NAS appliance with cloud backup capabilities.

The new solutions are aimed at helping Datto expand its SMB channel business, Datto CEO Austin McChord told CRN in a recent interview.

Datto currently protects over 75 petabytes of customer data in its own cloud via a hybrid solution that includes an on-side appliance with backup to the cloud, McChord said. Should a customer experience a server failure, the Datto technology tries to do an instant recovery to the local appliance, followed by recovery in the cloud if needed, he said.

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On Monday at the XChange Solution Provider conference in Los Angeles, Datto, Norwalk, Conn., unveiled Snap NAS, an SMB-focused appliance that provides all the capabilities of other NAS solutions with Datto's offsite backup component.

"Customers get primary storage with built-in versioning and so on, combined with cloud backup and disaster recovery," McChord said. "It's really fast and powerful. We think we're the first to combine primary storage with the cloud for the SMB space, and to take it to market."

The Snap NAS offers snapshots to allow users to recover older versions of and changes to data, and features VMware integration. Included with Snap NAS is Datto's compression technology, as well as SSD cache acceleration to improve performance.

The new Snap NAS should help Datto and its channel partners attract more small business customers, particularly ones with five to ten users, said Mark Calzone, president of Ash Creek Enterprises, a Stratford, Conn.-based solution provider and Datto partner.

"It's a market we couldn't hit before for pricing reasons," Calzone said.

Even though customers cannot run virtual machines directly on the Snap NAS in the case of a server failure, it is still a good solution for SMBs, Calzone said.

"It acts like a standard NAS appliance, and stores virtual machines and files like any NAS," he said. "And it will do local and cloud snapshots."

Datto is also updating its SIRIS business continuity appliances for instant on-site and off-site virtualization and image-based backups of servers and workstations, McChord said.

The SIRIS 2 line, with capacities of up to 36 TBs, now offers SSD caching, hot-swap bays for upgrading in the field, and rack mount capabilities, and includes upgraded Intel processors and SSDs to increase disaster recovery performance by up to eight times, he said.

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