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Datto CEO McChord On Acquisition Strategy, Being ‘All In’ On MSPs, And The Challenges For Distributors

Datto CEO Austin McChord has built a powerhouse platform for vendors and MSPs to work together, and tells CRN that his company has become adept at weaving in new acquisitions even when those acquisitions conflict with other vendor partners.

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Acquiring Tech Partners, Trying To Avoid Conflict

Datto has been building an MSP powerhouse. The company, which started as a provider of data protection technology to MSPs, last year acquired remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform developer Autotask and networking technology developer Open Mesh, and has since introduced MSP-friendly virtual desktops, intelligent power strips, and other offerings.

Those acquisitions, and those product introductions, in many cases make Datto competitive to many of the vendors that partner with Datto's RMM platform to provide technologies MSPs can use. Datto's CEO Austin McChord, however, dismisses concerns about such conflicts, and tells CRN that MSPs are free to take advantage of whatever vendors' offerings they prefer.

There is a lot of change going on in the MSP business, and Datto is one of the key vendors at the center of that change.

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