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ConnectWise Automate

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Score 8.6 out of 100

Datto

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Score 8.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate is a fantastic platform for managing multiple clients, and I feel this is why it was created in the first place. I have ready complaints about certain components and behaviors in the past online. However, it appears they have fixed these issues in later versions as we have not experienced them. It also has competitive pricing for RMM's for MSP's to use. It could also be used for a single company to manage their environment, but I don't think it was meant for this. There might be other options that are more cost effective, especially if a single company doesn't have hundreds of machines to manage or more.
Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

Datto is a fantastic option for smaller businesses who don't have as large of a budget. It might work well for larger businesses as well, but the features are not exactly on par with more prevalent backup solutions. So, that should be kept in mind while determining a good fit for a company. But if selling a backup solution is met with push back, this can be a great option to give a good working backup solution. It offers the main features solutions should have, so it's definitely not a compromise. Just keep in mind the features it does not offer.
Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
Datto
Remote monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.2
Datto
Network device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
Datto
Multiple Server Monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.4
Datto
Multi-device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
Datto
Automated alerts and notifications
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
Datto

Management Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
Datto
Patch Management
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
Datto
Service configuration management
ConnectWise Automate
8.7
Datto
Software and hardware inventory
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
Datto
Policy-based automation
ConnectWise Automate
8.5
Datto

Reporting

ConnectWise Automate
7.6
Datto
Performance data reports
ConnectWise Automate
8.3
Datto
Customizable reporting
ConnectWise Automate
8.2
Datto
Data visualization
ConnectWise Automate
7.4
Datto
Risk analysis
ConnectWise Automate
6.6
Datto

Security

ConnectWise Automate
8.2
Datto
Data backup and recovery
ConnectWise Automate
7.2
Datto
Antivirus and malware management
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
Datto
Adinistraor access control
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
Datto

Pros

ConnectWise Automate

  • It includes a ticketing system using workflow automation, SLA, as well as performance monitoring and access tickets from mobile devices.
  • Dashboards of the tool show overviews and detailed explanations of KPIs. Your business can also use the custom report writer to generate reports on whatever issue you want.
  • You can use ConnectWise to automate the range of ITIL process, such as: incident management, availability management, change management, service reporting, service-level management, service asset and configuration management, request management, and knowledge management.
Asfer Bin Saleh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

  • Simple agent setup for new machines to be protected. A new machine can be setup on the server in under a minute whether it be a Linux or Windows based machine.
  • Local virtualization on the Datto is quick to start up. After a physical problem with a server I had the machine locally virtualized on the Datto before users had a chance to report service issues to me.
  • Nothing to do on my end to get backups shifted to offsite data center. Schedules are setup for each machine or group of machines and I sleep well knowing all our backups are safely stored offsite.
Matthew Fex | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ConnectWise Automate

  • The biggest issue for Automate is their support. They seem to be completely overwhelmed. Chat support for simple questions can be anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes in the queue. Then when you are connected they are doing little more than creating a ticket that will take days to hear back from them.
  • Patching. The documentation and advice from our implementation person do not match reality. The process of denying a patch is documented, but doesn't work. We were unable to block certain patches from being distributed until we spoke to a specialist about it. He couldn't explain the mis-matched documentation.
  • Speed. Using the Automate client is painfully slow. Very sluggish and non-responsive at times.
David Wertz, CHSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

  • Initial backup sync: The downside to the cloud backup is that, if you have a lot of data, you need an external hard drive to seed to the cloud. And you usually have to request this after you've already got everything else working.
  • Unsyncing: We have pretty decent bandwidth, but with 8TB of data, we'd get syncing issues with the cloud servers every 3 months or so. The only way to address it was to request another external drive and resync it, but that also meant losing the older data.
  • Availability and support: Datto only operates through MSPs and VARs, and will not help you directly without putting in a ticket with your provider. This causes delays, and extra epenses, and if you grow beyond the need for an MSP, you have to keep them around for at least that piece.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Support and the Speed of supporting the latest technology is the main reason for not giving this a 10. But the product is powerful and flexible. The best way that I can sum it up is "You can get out of it what you put in to it"
Jack Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

Datto 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I trust the product and service and am satisfied with the direction of the company
Franz Josef Bautista | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.2
Based on 3 answers
The UI is pretty confusing. There are Right-clicks, ctrl+clicks, Shift clicks, it's all very convoluted. With the latest gussying up, it's now arguably prettier, but very slow... I dread using it now...
Scott Sanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

Datto 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Usability is great. The web interface is simple and easy to use. While various options are available for client backups, it is very easy to re-use settings of the existing client, so adding new clients is a very fast process. Configuration of the agent on the client-side cannot be easier as well. Datto dashboard provides an overview of the client status, and email notifications can be configured for various events.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.0
Based on 4 answers
It used to be great, but then they broke reporting, speed and responsiveness with version 11 and the new Patch Manager. It's really bad and their support people are way behind on fixing so many bugs. They have really gone downhill. If they don't get it together soon, we'll start looking around.
Ian Hansen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.9
Based on 14 answers
Most of the time their support is good for smaller things. They have a chat assist which is a nice function. When you run into a larger issue or an issue with an integration the support becomes less reliable and inconsistent. Generally your wait time on chat is under 5 minutes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

Datto 7.3
Based on 12 answers
My specific example or reason for this rating goes back to a need for support after a client on this platform has a fire. In a nutshell, Datto had no idea how to BMR the image back to the server correctly, and as a result, the RAID on the server was lost, due to the Datto BDR environment not being able to see the RAID card, and the support technician knowing how to inject drivers.
Dale Bradford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.1
Based on 2 answers
LabTech online training is very very thorough in training and helping individuals understand the theory and practical side of using a Remote Monitoring & Management. The training has multiple methods of explaining each section which helps to re-enforce everything about the Training Modules. I have had some Engineers lose their interest after a number of modules because they said that it was too much, that was too similar. I've found that the training is tailored towards a technical background but the Sales training does help NON technical individuals familiarize themselves with the Remote Monitoring and Management components and how it relates to Managed Services.
Carson Hagan, ITILv3 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Start small and learn the in's and out's before making policies and rolling things out company wide. Ask the questions of why if you don't agree with something or your company does things a different way. Usually they are done a certain way for a reason. Start simple with roll out and slowly enable or add on the functionality that is needed.
Jack Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

ConnectWise Automate

We prefer Automate to Kaseya for the customization, scripting and the third party integration.However, we prefer Continuum to Automate for how much time we freed up. We no longer have to maintain Automate services, integrations, etc. We also have reduced our ticket noise by 70%. This fact alone makes Continuum our favorite.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

ShadowProtect quality has decreased over the years and their price has increased. Datto is far superior in terms of UI, datacentre capabilities as well as confirmation of backup successes. Veeam offers these same features in a more complicated format but also lets you roll your own backup solution so we have chosen Veeam as our new standard.
Karl Fulljames | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ConnectWise Automate

  • Because using the program is at a very low cost, I have the ability to service any client and provide training to any client if they have a computer.
  • Saves travel time and expenses associated with travel to support/train clients. Also can be done at any time of day because of continual access.
  • Gives the client peace of mind to know that I can access and fix an issue with a workstation any time of the day, weekends, evenings when they are not available etc.
Catherine Zuniga | TrustRadius Reviewer

Datto

  • We've saved some money by consolidating backups offsite to the one appliance and letting it store backups in one location offsite, rather than trying to maintain several different platforms or connections.
  • Negatively, since the appliance doesn't expand in storage, we've got sunk costs into this unit and will have to move to something else to continue growing. I work in healthcare and we can't just purge charts and stop backing up information, I've got to expand my ability to back up that information.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ConnectWise Automate

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Datto

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate
8.6
Datto
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
Datto
10.0

Usability

ConnectWise Automate
3.2
Datto
10.0

Performance

ConnectWise Automate
3.0
Datto

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.9
Datto
7.3

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate
7.1
Datto

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.3
Datto

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