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

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There are three basic models. The SIRIS 2 Business provides instant local virtualization of failed servers and workstations for small businesses, with capacity of up to 2 TBs. The midsize SIRIS 2 Professional provides faster file and full disk restore in addition to local instant failover and cloud failover, with capacity of up to 5 TBs.

The SIRIS 2 Enterprise uses dual Intel Xeon E5 processors, up to 1 TB of RAM, and up to 36 TBs of capacity to synchronize data protection to the cloud with no performance degradation, Datto said.

Datto also enhanced its Alto line of small business appliances which can failover a server or workstation to the cloud and connect the cloud-based virtual machine to the customer's network via VPN.

The new Alto 2 features quad-core AMD processors and dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers in a box about the size of the Apple TV, McChord said. It features on-board SSDs for fast performance and fast encryption, and expands to 26 TBs of local storage for use in backups, he said.

Datto also introduced a complete refresh of its storage operating system with a new Linux distribution base which will make it  easier to upgrade in the future, McChord said.

Eric Torres, strategies and initiatives manager at River Run Computers, a Milwaukee-based solution provider and MSP which partners with Datto, is happy with what he's seen so far.

"Datto has always been good at updating its software," Torres said. "But the new hardware platforms are especially good news for us as a reseller."

Torres said the new Datto appliances feature new levels of scalability that will help partners open new customer doors.

"With the larger units, we can focus more on midsized customers with 100 or 200 users," he said. "And with the Alto2, we can now do more with smaller customers in the 5-user to 15-user range."

River Run Computers has been a Datto partner for about three years, and the vendor's product refresh is coming at the right time, Torres said.

"We're at the point where customers will need to upgrade their solutions," he said. "Having hot-swap capabilities is big for us. And having a NAS appliance for smaller businesses is what a lot of our customers have been asking for."

Calzone said Datto has done a good job with its new product lines, and with streamlining its pricing as well.

"They're making it much easier for us to sell the solutions and bill for services," he said. "And that makes for a more profitable partnership."

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