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June 21, 2022 |

Kaseya Rolls Out AI-Powered Recommendation Engine and Previews Next RMM Release at Connect IT Conference

Called the Cooper Intelligence Engine, the new “utilization technology” spotlights product features that MSPs are paying for but not using. The new RMM edition will be the first to support networking gear, IoT devices, and cloud apps on top of PCs and servers.

Kaseya has shipped a new automated “utilization technology” aimed at helping technicians discover underused product features, new training opportunities, and gaps in customer support.

The IT management leader announced that product and previewed a forthcoming RMM release with support for IoT devices, cloud services, and other “non-traditional” endpoints during its Connect IT event in Las Vegas today.

Called the Cooper Intelligence Engine and set to be available in all of Kaseya’s solutions free of charge, the new AI-powered utilization service is designed to call attention to product functionality that users are paying for but not benefitting from. 

“Cooper wants to make sure every single one of you as technicians, and as your organizations, are getting the most out of every Kaseya product that you can,” said CEO Fred Voccola during a keynote this morning.

Cooper, the new product’s namesake, is Voccola’s dog. “My dog is now making sure every Kaseya customer is more successful than they were yesterday,” said Voccola in a conversation with ChannelPro today.

The problem Cooper addresses is one shared by all software makers, Voccola added. “We spend a lot of money building really cool features and really important integrations into our products. Most of them don’t get used. The reason is because most people don’t have the time to become experts.”

Cooper addresses that issue by pointing technicians to features and capabilities they may not know about. MSPs that maintain credentials for clients in Kaseya’s IT Glue documentation platform, for example, might receive a suggestion to encrypt those passwords in IT Glue’s Vault feature. The system will notify technicians of training courses they should consider as well, and flag potential problems in need of investigation, such as a user who hasn’t logged in for six months.

“Is he still there, or do you have an active user account that you never disabled?” asked Mike Puglia, Kaseya’s chief customer marketing officer, during a Connect IT keynote.

None of Cooper’s recommendations, Voccola emphasized, will be intrusive. “Cooper’s not Clippy,” he said.

Kaseya expects Cooper to have a tangible impact on MSP productivity. “We think that Cooper alone will allow a 10 to 15 percent increase in technician efficiency by pointing out the most powerful aspects of the Kaseya kit that customers have but aren’t using,” Voccola told ChannelPro, adding that the system’s suggestions will provide roughly the same value as a month of technician training every year. 

Voccola also showcased the next edition of Kaseya’s VSA remote monitoring and management system, version 10, this morning. VSA X, as Kaseya is calling it for marketing purposes, will include support not just for PCs and servers as in past releases but for mobile devices, networking gear, printers, IoT devices, and native cloud applications as well. 

“It’s a generational leap, a quantum leap, in RMM,” Voccola says.

Kaseya first disclosed the underlying framework for the new system, which is scheduled to reach market in November, early last year.

Unconventional endpoints like medical devices, video surveillance cameras, and smart thermostats are rapidly proliferating in end user environments, posing multiple challenges for MSPs. “They’re connected, they’re networked, so they have to be managed, they have to be secured, and that’s a fundamental shift,” Voccola says.

IoT connections alone grew by 8% globally last year to 12.2 billion active endpoints and will climb another 18.8% to 14.4 billion this year, according to IoT Analytics. 

Businesses of all sizes are rapidly embracing SaaS applications and cloud-based infrastructure as well. RMM solutions from top managed services vendors like ConnectWise, Datto, Kaseya and N-able generally have limited if any support for such platforms today. A wave of cloud-first management vendors like Augmentt, JumpCloud, Nerdio, and SkyKick has emerged to fill that gap.

At present, Voccola said this morning, MSPs use an average of 3.8 products, including network management solutions and operational technology management systems, to oversee non-traditional endpoints. VSA X, he continued, will merge all of the capabilities provided by those products into one unified offering.

“Hopefully, there’s not a Kaseya customer on this planet that needs to use anything more than VSA for any endpoint,” Voccola said in his keynote. 

Using an RMM tool equipped to do what network management and mobile device management systems do separately will save MSPs money as well as time, he told ChannelPro. “People are spending five, six, seven dollars for an agent on those things, and it’s a separate interface,” Voccola says. VSA X, he added without citing specifics, will charge users “under a dollar” for most non-traditional endpoints and “pennies” for mobile devices.

To ensure that even the largest MSP can accommodate an expanded fleet of managed devices, Voccola stresses, VSA X will scale to handle more than 1 million endpoints. 

Building the new product took two and half years and cost more than $50 million. Kaseya intended to launch it six months ago, but had to delay development while coping with fallout from last July’s VSA breach, which left Kaseya partners without a functioning RMM solution for weeks.

“We’re really freaking humbled by what happened last July,” Voccola says, in remarks similar to comments he made at 2021’s Connect IT event last October. “It’s embarrassing.”

Since then, he adds, Kaseya has made “substantial investments and substantial adjustments” in product security. “We’ve all learned a lot of lessons and I think that moving forward, we will continue to be better,” Voccola states. “All I can say is that we will always do more than what is required for us to protect our customers.”

Voccola discussed Kaseya’s still pending acquisition of fellow managed services vendor Datto during Connect IT today too.

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