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CRN Exclusive: ConnectWise CEO Bellini On Co-Opetition With Datto, Better Integration Of Services, And Bringing Cloud To MSPs

Joseph F. Kovar

Autotask and Datto in late October said they would merge, creating a potentially new and large competitor to ConnectWise. Datto has been a longtime partner of ConnectWise. How does the merger of these two companies impact ConnectWise?

I guess we'll see how it affects us. But we welcome the competition. We will always be open to integration with Datto. We have great integration with them today. There's no reason that will ever change.

I think they are pursuing a different strategy than us. They certainly are going to be offering one disaster recovery solution. We currently have seven that are integrated to the ConnectWise platform. And six of these, we sell. We are offering our partners six choices. They will be offering their partners one choice. That might not work out well for them. But we do welcome the competition.

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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