Though he didn’t categorically rule out someday creating continuity solutions for other public clouds, like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, Menon suggested that such platforms are significantly less popular with MSPs than Azure. Fully 80% of respondents to the Global State of the MSP report Datto published in July, he notes, expect to have multiple workloads in the public cloud within three years, and 51% of those companies called Azure their cloud of choice.
Today’s news is only the latest manifestation of larger investments by Datto in cloud data protection and cloud management. The company announced plans to increase R&D spending in those areas by close to 40%, in fact, last December.
Leading Datto competitors, including N-able, are increasingly prioritizing cloud management too, even as a new crop of born-in-the-cloud administration vendors for MSPs like Augmentt and SkyKick steadily introduce cloud management systems of their own.