Datto Launches Datto Drive to Disrupt File Sync and Share Market for Small Businesses

May 02, 2016

Gives Away an Exabyte of Free Storage to the First One Million Companies

Gives Away an Exabyte of Free Storage to the First One Million Companies

Norwalk, Conn. (May 2, 2016) – Datto today announced the launch of Datto Drive, an inexpensive yet powerful file sync and share (FSS) service, intending to disrupt a highly commoditised market.

“Current file sync and share services are overpriced solutions for small businesses,” said Austin McChord, CEO and founder of Datto. “Anyone who’s paying hundreds or thousands of dollars every month for FSS will immediately see Datto Drive as a welcome alternative. Priced at just £10 per terabyte per month for an unlimited number of users in an organisation, Datto Drive is just one of many ways we’re empowering our partners to help small businesses run more efficiently and cost effectively. Better yet, we’re going to give away the first one million instances for Datto Drive for the first year for free.”

FSS is a critical service for small and mid-sized (SMB) companies, but current FSS providers are struggling to deliver the service at a price SMBs are willing to pay. The result is the widespread adoption of “freemium” consumer services that companies attempt to stitch together to avoid the high purchase price. Datto is taking a different approach by leveraging the low cost basis of the company’s 200 petabyte (PB) private cloud, coupled with a global license agreement with ownCloud, the established open-source leader in the FSS industry. The result is a significantly superior value proposition for Datto’s partners and their customers making Datto Drive dramatically more affordable than any other FSS offering in the market.

“Datto Drive blows Dropbox, Box and Anchor out of the water in every way that matters to small businesses – price, features and ease-of- use. That’s great news for Managed Service Providers, too, because we can start relationships with customers based on FSS and grow to include backup, business continuity and more,” said Mark Calzone, president of Ash Creek Enterprises.

“We believe Datto Drive will be a catalyst to bring together thousands of MSPs with millions of small companies,” said R. Brooks Borcherding, Chief Revenue Officer of Datto. “Datto is constantly looking for opportunities to strengthen the MSP community and enhance the value this essential ecosystem delivers to small and mid-sized businesses. Datto Drive not only delivers a unique opportunity for Datto partners, but by protecting data at the file level, also serves as a key component to Datto’s total data protection platform.”

According to Gartner, “User demand is leading to enterprise file synchronisation and sharing (EFSS) increasingly becoming a priority for organisations building a modern digital workplace. There is a growing awareness of, and pressure to use, EFSS capabilities in digital business initiatives to make employees, partners and even clients more productive and effective in their work. The growth of mobile clients, bring your own device (BYOD) programs and employee use of personal cloud storage services make EFSS an urgent priority for protecting information.” 1

SMBs can sign up for Datto Drive and receive a year of free service. Datto Drive premium accounts are available for companies looking for increased storage capacity and additional benefits such as 24 x 7 support. If interested in learning more, SMBs and Managed Service Providers can attend Datto’s complimentary webinar on Datto Drive on 5th May.

About Datto:

Datto is an innovative provider of comprehensive backup, recovery and business continuity solutions used by thousands of managed service providers worldwide. Datto’s 200+ PB private cloud and family of software and hardware devices provide Total Data Protection everywhere business data lives. Whether your data is on-premises in a physical or virtual server, or in the cloud via SaaS applications, only Datto offers end-to-end recoverability and single-vendor accountability. Founded in 2007 by Austin McChord, Datto is privately held and profitable, with venture backing by General Catalyst Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures. In 2015 McChord was named to the Forbes “30 under 30” ranking of top young entrepreneurs.

1 Gartner “Critical Capabilities for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing” by Jeffrey Mann, Charles Smulders, Monica Basso. October 29, 2015.