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Kaseya Acquire Datto for $6.2billion, what does this mean?

Kaseya’s latest acquisition will be leaving many MSPs concerned by the Datto acquisition and will be leaving users looking for the best backup alternative.

posted in News ● 29 Apr 2022

What is the best backup alternative to Datto for MSPs concerned by news of Kaseya’s $6.2 buyout?

Datto customers will justifiably be wondering how the buyout of the technology, that likely underpins so much of the service they provide to customers, will be impacted by Kaseya’s $6.2 billion acquisition of Datto later this year.

Kaseya, a major platform provider for managed service providers, has a history of making sweeping changes to the way the companies they take over do business.

In the last four years these include: IT Glue, once a much-loved IT Documentation software, Vorex, a niche professional services product and RocketCyber, a managed security operations centre platform.

Chief among MSPs’ concerns might well be the adoption of Kaseya’s practice of auto renewing customers for 3 years as standard, unless a contract explicitly states otherwise and unless intention to not renew is provided at least 30 days and no more than 60 days before the contract term ends.

Service providers will also be mindful that Kaseya was the victim of one of the biggest ransomware attacks ever on an MSP provider as recently as July 2021.

Kaseya admitted cybercriminals were able to exploit vulnerabilities in its VSA tool to pass authentication and run arbitrary command execution.

The vulnerability allowed Russian hackers REvil to deploy ransomware to customer endpoints, compromising nearly 60 MSPs with 1,500 of end-user customers receiving ransomware demands.

Alarm bells may already be ringing – with MSPs at the very least looking around to see what alternatives to Datto exist.

There are already plenty of quick wins for MSPs considering switching the backup element of the service they receive from Datto to Redstor’s smart backup and recovery platform, purpose-built for MSPs.

Datto’s backup solution relies on a physical appliance as the primary backup target, while Redstor’s cloud-native solution allows MSPs to protect a customer’s entire environment in minutes, with zero upfront cost and zero exposure to potential chip-shortage related hardware delays or rising electricity bills.

The ability to scale backup instantly and infinitely with ease coupled with simple, transparent pricing, allows Redstor partners and end users to enjoy cost predictability, free from data growth forecasting challenges, eliminating rip-and-replace projects.

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