At the Datto Partner Conference in New Orleans, running June 15 to 17, founder and CEO Austin McChord kicked off the first full day with four new product announcements. With more than 500 MSPs in the audience, McChord also reported that there are more than 40,000 Datto devices deployed around the world, and Greenland has the largest per capita installs of Datto hardware. He attributed Datto‘s success to partners.
DPC 2015 started Monday with a CompTIA community partner meeting followed by a welcome reception with vendors, attendees, dozens of sponsors, and 60 Datto staff members.
Datto’s new solutions are:
The Datto Networking Appliance (DNA) Router, which can be configured from the cloud, offers remote configuration and 4G failover designed to protect data in transit. General availability is expected this fall.
The Datto Backupify for Office 365 solution brings automated, secure backup for data stored in O365. The new product, available now, joins Backupify products for Google Apps, Salesforce and other SaaS applications.
Through a new partnership with ownCloud, the company behind the open-source enterprise file sync and share software, secure file sync and share capabilities are being offered on all new and existing Datto SIRIS 1 and Datto SIRIS 2 devices.
And with Datto’s new Linux Agent, the company delivers business continuity to Linux-based environments in addition to Windows. The Datto Linux Agent features persistent incremental backups, integrated storage, cloud replication, individual file restores, and instant local virtualization. MSPs working with Datto can use their existing Datto devices to extend protection to Linux. This new feature is available now.
Also, the updated Partner Portal gives MSPs a single place to manage their entire fleet of Datto devices and services. With the upcoming addition of a Datto Activity Feed and other enhancements, MSPs can more easily see important notifications and updates. The updated portal is expected to be available this fall.
McChord closed his keynote by telling the audience that “Datto is here to help its partners grow,” and stressed the importance of the channel. He also thanked all the Datto employees and partners for their hard work.
Rob Rae, VP of business development, followed with the welcome and introduction to DPC 2015, announcing that they had more attendees and more content than ever before. Attendees can choose from a wide variety of sessions in the Sales & Marketing Track and Technical Track. The Datto Advanced Technical Training Seminar is available as an add-on.
Gerard Braud, crisis communication expert, New Orleans native, and journalist throughout Hurricane Katrina, gave the afternoon keynote: “How to Communicate Effectively in Disaster Scenarios.” He was followed by Autotask’s Len DiCostanzo, SVP community and business development, who presented “2015 Managed Services Study: Key Strategies for Evolving Your MSP Business Model.”
Today, McChord opens the second day of DPC 2015 with a history of the company, which started in his basement in 2007. Today Datto has over 18,000 square feet in seven cities, with 500 employees and more than 8,000 partners. That will be followed by an update from key Datto executives in an open forum Q&A.
The†Wednesday keynote speaker is Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity and former chairman of Kayak. He is speaking on the fundamentals of innovation: how to generate great ideas, how to “fail fast,” how to kill projects without killing people, and how to experiment and “do more with less.”
Educational sessions continue through the end of the day.