I Datto My Way

I Datto My Way

Chris Farmer Backup, Managed IT Support Services

So what is Datto?

Datto is a fully managed backup solution provided by an IT partner to you. The solution involves a local piece of hardware and a monthly subscription to the Datto cloud.


What is the Datto Hardware?

It comes in a few flavours, the most fully functional is the SIRIS


SIRIS 3 is the first fully featured total data protection platform delivered in one integrated package. Easily protect any physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure running on Windows, Mac or Linux, VMware or HyperV, and spin up lost servers in seconds without the need for additional tools. Backup automatically on your schedule to a local device, and replicate backups to the Datto Cloud. Recover granular data quickly from multiple points in time, or use local virtualization, Datto Cloud virtualization - or both - to get back to business in minutes.

Available in different sizing and specifications

SIRIS 3 X Series
An entirely solid state business continuity device. This product provides the amazing feature set available in the SIRIS line at a form factor and a price that is accessible to even the smallest businesses. Due to the use of a single drive for both OS and storage, the X1 and X2 models can only support one and two agents, respectively. This series is ideal for small businesses that need true business continuity.

SIRIS 3 Business
This line is aimed at small businesses that don't require a rack-mounted unit but still want the unmatched RTO of instant local virtualisation. Clients as small as 500GB can grow their BDR to 3TB without a needing a replacement, simply by extending the storage with a field upgrade.

SIRIS 3 Professional
This line is aimed at the medium sized businesses looking for the best in Business Continuity. Instant failover locally and in the cloud is accompanied by the fastest file and full disk restore as well as the most efficient non-dependent backup chain on the planet. Just because a client has more data doesn't mean management is any more difficult. SIRIS 3 Pro models are all rack mounted and provide the ability to expand from 1TB to 10TB without a device replacement.

SIRIS 3 Enterprise
This line is the most robust offering with dual Xeon E5 standard and at least 64GB of RAM. Built for advanced virtualisation and replication this machine operates all of Datto’s proprietary software at its best abilities. This device can run multiple virtualisations and be syncing to the cloud without any performance decrease. Starting from 6TB this tier also provides our largest storage capacity at up to 60TB


The other version is the ALTO, the only continuity solution designed specifically for small business. Using image-based backup and a hybrid cloud model, ALTO delivers enterprise-grade functionality at a small business price.

What is the monthly subscription?

The monthly subscription provides a fixed monthly fee for a predetermined depending on:

  • Using a Datto Appliance (SIRIS or ALTO) or Datto Network Attached Storage (NAS)
  • Storage in the Cloud for backups, either for 1 year or infinite.
  • Full Disaster Recovery in the Cloud (SIRIS/ALTO).

What is a Datto Appliance or NAS

Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Datto, can also provide a NAS, that is backed up to their cloud 3 times a day, providing a neat solution for those small business that do not want or need a fully fledged server, but want centralised storage and backup.

“Datto NAS is a network-attached storage that also benefits from the Datto Hybrid Cloud Platform. As users share documents, it takes snapshots of their data (as often as every five minutes) so they can easily roll back to previous versions of anything being worked on. All data syncs to the secure Datto Cloud so it is always accessible, even in the event of a disaster.”Datto

The appliance is basically a server that has a large amount of capacity and the capability to run a number of Virtual Servers, this is what provides the Disaster Recovery locally, the appliance also replicates up to the cloud providing another level of Disaster Recovery.

The NAS is just like a NAS, but automatically replicates new or changed data to the Datto cloud Three times a day.

There is also an option of a Datto appliance that provides hybrid Disaster recovery, this is where the local hardware is not powerful enough to run the virtual servers itself, but acts as a gateway to the servers running in the Datto Cloud.

What can it backup?
It supports Windows Virtual and Physical Servers, SQL and Exchange, Linx and the latest Mac Release.

Datto Unique Features

Inverse Chaining
The most important feature is that it decouples each of the incremental backups. A traditional backup solution relies on the previous incremental, but the inverse chaining means any previous backup that is corrupt does not affect the integrity of the entire backup. Recover is also improved.

Ransomware Detection and Protection
No matter how hard you try, someone that depends on you for support will eventually click on the wrong email and succumb to ransomware. The compromised machine will then encrypt user files and demand a ransom for the key to unlock the system. Worse, the threat will often spread across the network and infect other machines, seriously impacting business. Of course, paying the ransom may not solve the problem.

Datto can be the solution for you