April 03, 2021

Accelerate Business Continuity with Automated Backups

By David Weiss

What is automated backup?

Automated backup is a process that relies primarily on software to manage the backup of data and applications on workstations, mobile devices, and servers. It reduces the time, effort, and complexity of manual backup performed by people in an organization. The use of automated backup is usually more secure, cost-effective, and easier than manual backup.

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Getting serious about backup is an important milestone for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB). At first, they are probably using an ad-hoc traditional (manual) backup solution—if anything at all—that has the advantage of being inexpensive. But the benefits of traditional backup generally stop with the lower dollar cost, since the organization has opted for a multi-vendor system where employees must remember to backup to hard drives or NAS (network-attached storage) devices.

The tradeoff of that lower cost is an outsized time investment for setup and configuration. The problems deepen from there when the business experiences their first disaster-induced data loss, due to lengthy downtime and a high failure rate during the restore. Along the way, any manual testing procedures that the SMB is undertaking takes up even more time.

In most cases, it will only take one data-loss disaster for an SMB to get serious about backup. That’s where managed service providers (MSPs) enter the picture, with their ability to provide the smarter solution.

Now the SMB can go beyond backup to a full-fledged business continuity plan, one that upgrades them to automated backup and recovery to eliminate costly downtime. Their costs will still be relatively low as they move to a one-vendor/one bill relationship, and they’ll also gain serious time savings.

Datto Continuity is the key for MSPs that want to grow their business, and add clients who are ready for automated backup. A comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) suite, Datto Continuity ensures that disaster downtime is reduced to seconds or minutes instead of hours or days with traditional backup. And testing gets fast-tracked with Automated Backup Verification—at the time of backup—instead of time-consuming and less reliable test methods for manual backup.

Datto Continuity solutions that provide MSPs with high-performing automated backup include Datto SIRIS, Datto ALTO and Datto SaaS Protection. Together, they cover your clients’ BCDR needs, from servers and PCs to files and SaaS applications

A Complete cloud-managed BCDR solution

Datto SIRIS provides comprehensive backup and recovery for physical and virtual servers. It provides local backup and offsite replication of backups to the purpose-built, secure Datto Cloud, all for a flat monthly fee. In addition to being used as an offsite repository, the exabyte-class Datto Cloud can be used for file restores or entire system recovery.


Datto SIRIS can be deployed in multiple ways, including a plug-and-play, hardened physical appliance, as software installed on a virtual machine, or an image on your own server hardware. And Datto’s proprietary Inverse Chain Technology helps to reduce your RTO (Recovery Time Objective) and provides granular RPOs (Recovery Point Objectives). With Inverse Chain Technology every incremental snapshot can be a fully constructed recovery point, for more resilient protection and efficient storage management than a traditional incremental backup.

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Reliable Data Protection for your Small Business Customers

Datto ALTO is a small一but powerful一business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solution specifically built for MSPs to minimize downtime for your small business customers. It’s fully-featured, cost-effective, and easy to use, providing enterprise-level data protection for small businesses.

Both SIRIS and ALTO help MSPs to create reliable, verified backups thanks to automated data and boot verification. You’ll know that the backup is 100% functional before a disaster, so there’s no need to worry about whether the system will boot or be recoverable. You’ll also know when ransomware has been detected in your clients’ files, so you can move proactively to “turn back the clock” to a snapshot that was taken before the attack happened.

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Automated backup for SaaS Data

Datto SaaS Protection is an automated backup solution for MSPs that want an effective defense against data loss for SaaS, and can ensure business continuity when rapid recovery is needed. It’s a trusted tool for Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace backup, and as a true SaaS backup solution it backs up not just files and folders, but also collaboration including conversations, calendars, and groups.


With Datto SaaS Protection, you can help your clients to meet business continuity, compliance, and security requirements that go beyond the limited native recovery capabilities of Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace. 3x daily, automated backups keep your clients protected against accidental or malicious deletion, ransomware attacks, and other cloud data loss.

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Benefits of Datto Automated Backup for MSPs

Efficient and reliable backup with fast recovery is the cornerstone of enterprise-class BCDR. MSPs can help their clients to move beyond traditional backup and reap the benefits of automated backup with Datto Continuity solutions. Advantages of Datto Continuity include:

  • Automated Backup Verification
  • Inverse Chain Technology reduces RTO and provides granular RPOs
  • Backs up to the secure Datto Cloud
  • Flexible deployment options for Datto SIRIS — hardened physical appliance, software on a virtual machine, or image on your own server hardware
  • Ransomware detection
  • SaaS Protection backs up files, folders, conversations, calendars and groups
  • 24x7x365, direct-to-tech service and support

How to get started with Datto Continuity for automated backup

SMBs that require automated backup are a key growth sector for MSPs. Build your business with the advanced capabilities of the Datto Continuity solutions suite, including Datto SIRIS, Datto ALTO and Datto SaaS Protection.

Connect with Datto today, and learn how the cloud-first data protection solutions of Datto Continuity can make a difference for you.

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Which systems work with Datto Continuity?

Datto SIRIS supports servers running Windows Server 2012 and higher along with various Linux (64-bit) distributions and VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Datto SaaS Protection supports Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace (formerly G Suite).

Datto’s award-winning core technologies, 24x7x365 service, support, and cloud management portal are always included.

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