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Datto

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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Dropbox

I would recommend using Dropbox if you need a clean, organized way to store files long-term. I would not recommend it if the person planned to do editing with a group of collaborators. I think Google Drive is much better suited to that. In Dropbox, it feels more like we all have access to the same document, but we can't collaborate in real-time--we need to take turns editing and re-saving.
Claire Rivero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Datto
Dropbox
8.8
Versioning
Datto
Dropbox
8.7
Video files
Datto
Dropbox
8.7
Audio files
Datto
Dropbox
8.8
Document collaboration
Datto
Dropbox
8.5
Access control
Datto
Dropbox
8.9
File search
Datto
Dropbox
8.6
Device sync
Datto
Dropbox
9.2

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Datto
Dropbox
8.9
User and role management
Datto
Dropbox
8.6
File organization
Datto
Dropbox
9.0
Device management
Datto
Dropbox
9.0

Cloud Storage Platform

Datto
Dropbox
8.9
Performance
Datto
Dropbox
9.0
Reliability
Datto
Dropbox
8.9
Storage Reports
Datto
Dropbox
8.7

Pros

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

Dropbox

  • Dropbox has the ability to automatically sync from other sources. When our Appraisers use their tablets to take pictures, it is set up so that the pictures automatically upload to a folder in Dropbox so that the staff back at the office will then have access to the pictures as well.
  • Dropbox is very easy to use. There is a list of folders on the left-hand side. You simply click and go to each folder to pull up files. You can rename the folders, sort by date, etc.
  • Dropbox has several different options for storage size options. An individual can choose a smaller package or a large corporation could choose bigger packages. There is also a free version that is great for saving pictures from an individual phone or another device.
  • Dropbox has a search feature that saves a lot of time. If you aren't sure where the file you need is, use the search function to quickly find it.
  • Dropbox is cloud based so there are no bulky servers taking up space!
Kristen Reeves | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Dropbox

  • Dropbox does not have simple way to manage one set of files within an organization. If a new main folder is created, you have to make sure to share it with everyone involved.
  • It unnecessarily selects files when they are uploaded or changed which makes it clunky to use when you’re working quickly. I wish I could turn this feature off.
  • The sync/backup to a computer is terrible and bogs down your computer.
  • There is no way to edit anything simple in a basic doc from right in Dropbox so you have to edit it outside and upload it again. It’s easy to forget to upload it if you don’t have sync on, which is bad for consistency across an organization.
  • The drag and drop for organizing files does not work well. You often have to physically select “move” and select a new location even for a single file.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Dropbox

Dropbox 10.0
Based on 19 answers
Dropbox is a user-friendly, easy tool which requires little to no skill and they offer a free version with a good amount of storage available. There are other file sharing tools available however at a cost. Dropbox free version I have used for years and it serves every purpose I need.
Michelle Hidalgo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

Dropbox

Dropbox 8.5
Based on 21 answers
It’s extremely easy to use on any device. I can set access to whole folders or only certain files. I can print, share, and save with very few clicks. I’m able to save high-resolution photos without taking up a ton of space on my phone and can send a link to those files that are too large to email or text.
Jayelynn Willman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Datto

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Dropbox

Dropbox 8.7
Based on 5 answers
Dropbox is really useful, you can access any file from anywhere and you can upload and even edit files online, but, sometimes it can be slow. Downloading, uploading, and syncing is a bit slow, it can take several minutes. Furthermore, the search engine for large amounts of data can be slow too and it is not powerful.
Adriano Rosa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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

Dropbox

Dropbox 7.6
Based on 31 answers
It has not been necessary to go to customer support lately, since everything works perfectly. However, I must add that at the beginning when I started using Dropbox, and I had any doubts about how it worked, customer support was always attentive and found the best solutions effectively.
Arianna Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Datto

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Dropbox

Dropbox 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I needed to stay current in improving my daily operations. Dropbox
was suggested to me by a former colleague two-years ago and I've been using it just fine ever since.
Annesa L Lacey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Dropbox

Compared to all the file-sharing services I've used, Dropbox is the most reliable and easiest to use. They've also done a nice job of adding features/functionality over the years.Actually, one thing I've yet to mention: Dropbox has done a great job of compatibility with different file types. For instance, I could create a design in Illustrator and share the file with a client through Dropbox. For clients that don't have Illustrator, Dropbox will still allow them to view the design.
Brandon Zell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Dropbox

  • Due to the nature of the business, it has worked as a solution for file collaboration without the need for expensive hardware.
  • It has eliminated the need to purchase flash drives and the possibility of losing them.
  • It enables and boosts the efficiency of telecommuting.
Jacob Jeffries | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Datto

General

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

Dropbox

General

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

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