Datto Backup Racks Up Awards, Delivers Business Continuity after Hurricane Sandy

By Jacqueline Lee

Datto Backup, based in Norwalk, Conn., is racking up awards for its business continuity solutions. The company was just named to the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for its three-year span of quadruple-digit revenue growth.

In addition to that designation as well as awards from Connecticut Magazine and CRN, Datto has just won a Cloud Storage Excellence Award from TMC’s Cloud Computing Magazine.

The award recognizes Datto’s SIRIS virtual business continuity solution.

SIRIS delivers instant storage virtualization both on a company’s premises and in the Datto data center. SIRIS units have allowed businesses to recover from multiple natural disasters including the Joplin, Mo., tornado as well as Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.

The Datto business concept focuses on hybrid cloud storage. The company creates devices that enable local backup on a network. The device then transmits data to the Datto data center network. During a disaster, companies can often fail over and then run their servers and workstations directly from the Datto appliance.

SIRIS stores backups as VDMK files, meaning no physical server to virtual server conversion.

In the event of on-premises failure, companies can retrieve precious files from the data center. During Hurricane Sandy, Datto saw at least 70 times the number of disaster recoveries that it normally experiences. The company staffed support centers around the clock and sent contingency teams to its data center facilities in Pennsylvania.

Datto has data centers on both U.S. coasts. The data centers meet both HIPAA compliance and SSAE16 standards for security. To reassure clients that their data backups have been stored in the data center, Datto takes screenshots of the company login screens and e-mails them to each of their customers.

Businesses then have assurance that their data backups are viable during a disaster.

“We were overwhelmed by the channel’s response to SIRIS in 2012,” said Datto CEO Austin McChord. “MSPs were impressed with its ease-of-use, robust feature set and the ability to eliminate downtime for their clients.

“In the coming year, we will continue to focus on being a leader in the backup/data recovery (BDR) and business continuity space and will also look for ways to keep improving SIRIS’ capabilities and functionality,” McChord concluded.

Edited by Braden Becker

Contributing Writer

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