As Datto partners have observed, however, only time will tell. In the interim, Rae insists, nothing about the deal between now and its conclusion will interfere with product innovation. Indeed, Datto introduced a new generation of its SIRIS BDR appliances and updated its Cloud Continuity for PCs solution last week, and has enhancements to its cybersecurity software coming soon too.
“I know our roadmap and our roadmap is still healthy, strong, and all moving forward,” Rae says. Some of the landmarks on that roadmap, he adds, will be on display at September’s DattoCon partner conference in Washington D.C., which is moving forward as well.
In the meantime, Rae cautions partners against “kneejerk reactions” they could end up regretting. Plenty of MSPs feared the worst when Datto took on venture capital in 2013, was bought by private equity firm Vista Partners in 2017, and went public in 2020.
“And then ultimately what happened is you didn’t see much negative change at all,” Rae says. The same could well be true of the latest milestone in Datto’s history.
“You don’t do an acquisition of this size without a plan. Let’s wait to see the plan before we start passing judgment on how it’s all going to play out,” Rae says. “There’s too much at stake here to fail.”