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Datto SIRIS is a BCDR solution built for MSPs to prevent data loss and minimize downtime. Utilizing a cloud-first approach, MSPs can offer their clients local backup and recovery with a cloud-based repository and full disaster recovery in the cloud.…

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What is Datto SIRIS?

Datto SIRIS is a BCDR solution built for MSPs to prevent data loss and minimize downtime. Utilizing a cloud-first approach, MSPs can offer their clients local backup and recovery with a cloud-based repository and full disaster recovery in the cloud. All of this administered from a multi-tenant cloud portal that allows MSPs to view, manage and recover client data from a single interface.

The vendor states simplicity is a guiding design principle for SIRIS. From deployment flexibility that spans a software-only implementation to hardened backup appliances, MSPs can implement the solution that fits their client’s requirements. SIRIS cross-platform support enables MSPs to protect their client’s data anywhere it lives, from physical servers to virtual machines running Windows Server or Linux.

Features include:
• Inverse Chain Technology™ for reliable backup
• Patented ransomware scanning
• Patented Screenshot Verification for recovery assurance
• Recovery Launchpad for failproof recovery
• Patented Fast Failback™ to the primary system after a disaster
• Instant virtualization recovery, local or in the cloud

Datto SIRIS Features

Data Center Backup Features

  • Supported: Flexible deployment
  • Supported: Encryption

Additional Features

  • Supported: Hybrid Virtualization
  • Supported: Cloud & Local Storage
  • Supported: Cloud & Local Backup
  • Supported: Cloud & Local Virtualization
  • Supported: Ransomware Detection
  • Supported: Screenshot Verification
  • Supported: Multiple Retention Options
  • Supported: Cloud Deletion Defense
  • Supported: Rapid Rollback
  • Supported: Fast Failback
  • Supported: File Restore
  • Supported: Bare Metal Restore
  • Supported: Backup Insights

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Disasters come in many different forms. With Datto Continuity, MSPs get everything they need to protect business data including 100% confidence in your backups, ransomware detection & recovery, Restore options for any disaster scenario, and more!
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Datto SIRIS Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Datto SIRIS is a BCDR solution built for MSPs to prevent data loss and minimize downtime. Utilizing a cloud-first approach, MSPs can offer their clients local backup and recovery with a cloud-based repository and full disaster recovery in the cloud. All of this administered from a multi-tenant cloud portal that allows MSPs to view, manage and recover client data from a single interface.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 9.

The most common users of Datto SIRIS are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Datto is a backup and disaster recovery solution commonly used by small to mid-sized companies with limited IT budgets and departments. It offers a range of devices, including Alto and Siris, to backup servers, workstations, and NAS devices for multiple clients. Users appreciate Datto's image-based solution, which allows for easy restores and provides peace of mind regarding consistent and proper backups. The product excels in meeting backup and disaster recovery requirements, offering more capabilities and ease of use compared to previous solutions. Datto's suite of products, including PSA, RMM, and BCDR solutions, are highly regarded for their ease of setup and maintenance.

The reliability and functionality of Datto's recovery solutions make it a preferred choice for businesses seeking to address their backup needs. It consistently outperforms competitors, providing fewer backup issues and prompt support resolution. Clients value Datto's ability to perform backups hourly, even when running off a virtualized server, ensuring minimal disruption in the event of device failure. The product's quick server recovery capabilities make it one of the leading BDR appliances on the market.

Datto is widely used across various industries, such as hospitality and legal services, to fulfill backup and disaster recovery needs. It offers on-premise and offsite recovery options, allowing organizations to choose the most suitable approach for their data protection strategy. Furthermore, Datto's cloud management features simplify multi-tenant environments and save time for IT professionals. Users appreciate the product's ability to check backup integrity nightly and provide completion emails.

Overall, Datto addresses backup needs effectively while eliminating the worry of data loss in the event of hardware failure. With its reliable performance, ease of implementation, and day-to-day monitoring capabilities, Datto provides users with a trusted backup solution that ensures business continuity.

Simple and Easy Interface: Users have found the interface of Datto backup systems to be simple and easy to navigate, without the need for extensive research or documentation. Several reviewers mentioned this positive aspect.

Fast Backups without System Slowdowns: Many users have praised Datto's backup software for its fast performance. They have specifically highlighted that backups are completed quickly and do not cause any system slowdowns during the snapshot process.

Great Price Point for Smaller Businesses: Some reviewers felt that Datto offers a cost-effective backup solution, especially for smaller businesses. They appreciated the price point of the product, which makes it affordable while still providing reliable backup capabilities.

Management Issues: Some users have experienced difficulties managing the device due to the lack of a local login option and dependence on an internet connection. This has frustrated users who desire more control over their device and want offline access.

Expensive Pricing: The pricing can be challenging and costly, particularly for small businesses. This is a significant drawback for budget-conscious users who may not have sufficient financial resources to afford the product.

Lack of Reliable Support: Users have reported inconsistent and unhelpful technical support. This indicates a lack of consistency and effectiveness in the support provided by the company, which can be frustrating for users relying on technical assistance.

Users have made several recommendations for Datto based on their experiences and usage of the product. The most common recommendations are as follows:

  1. Take advantage of the free partner training classes provided by Datto to maximize the use of all the features. Users believe that these training sessions make using the system much easier and more effective.

  2. Start with the cloud version of Datto before considering the on-premise solution. Users suggest trying out the cloud version first to assess its suitability before committing to a specific deployment method.

  3. Use Datto for backup and recovery purposes, as it is regarded as a reliable and easy-to-use solution. Users have had positive experiences with Datto in terms of minimizing downtime and efficiently restoring files.

Overall, users recommend utilizing Datto's free partner training, trying out the cloud version first, and relying on it for backup and recovery needs. These recommendations highlight the importance of training, flexibility in deployment options, and the effectiveness of Datto in ensuring data protection and ease of use.

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Joseph Rapoport M.A., DCDS, DCAT, DCP-SaaS, DCP-DCMA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Backup
  • File/Volume/Server Recovery
  • Offsite Backups for added data protection
  • Datto is constantly making improvements to their service, however, implementing needed changes sometimes takes more time than I like.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Backup workstations and servers.
  • On-going backup to cloud, not just a daily scheduled task.
  • Great price point.
  • Application updates can be disruptive.
  • Occasional disconnect between server and cloud.
  • Takes a while to complete the initial backup to cloud.
Rob Rotundo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Great imaged based backup
  • Hourly incrementals for very granular restore capabilities
  • Good support
  • While support is good, they have increased in size very quickly, and a lot of the lower support now involves them sending you links, instead of working with you directly to resolve the issue.
  • Pricing can be tricky and expensive, especially for smaller businesses.
  • Some of the smaller units seem to go offline more than expected.
April 30, 2021

Datto Review

Ashley Beal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Datto makes the backup process simple and streamlined.
  • The portal is very easy to navigate and makes managing devices very easy as well.
  • Sometimes the customer service/helpdesk is not always helpful
Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • The interface is simple. It is easy to navigate around and figure out how to accomplish tasks without the need to research documentation.
  • Backups are fast. The snapshots the system takes don't take very long to do and no slowdowns were detected during this process.
  • The price point is great for smaller businesses based on what it offers. It is an easier sell for smaller companies and it does offer a good backup solution for the cost. Not having backups should not be an option, and this will help those companies get something every business should have.
  • In the past few months, logging in locally to the device was no longer an option. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. But, it could pose management issues if there was an internet outage of connection issue, and the device had to be accessed. We haven't tested this out since the change, so this might not even be the case.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Backups: Datto does what it's supposed to do, backing up data from servers (and workstations, if need be), and then syncing that data to the cloud.
  • Initial setup: Initial setup is pretty straightforward, in most cases the agent installs remotely from the device.
  • UI: The UI is fairly straightforward and intuitive, at least for IT professionals. It is not difficult to find things or figure out what settings do what.
  • 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.
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Local, appliance-based backups means less work to implement and maintain, as well as quick backups and restores for recent backup jobs.
  • VMware integration for backups is only at the host level, not vCenter, so you can't see all VMs from one place to select them for backup. You've gotta add each host individually and then pick from the list that populates from each individually.
  • The system is appliance-based, so when you run out of local space on the appliance, there's no expansion without buying a larger appliance. You either cut back on your backups to use less space, or you open your wallet.
Dale Bradford | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Datto has a decent platform for backups.
  • The whitepapers they supply to partners are nice.
  • Hardware has historically been well built, but the price is high.
  • Customer Support.
  • Agent deployment.
  • Support Documentation.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Datto is an "All-In-One" failover protection for someone's business. It gives the owners peace of mind, as it backs up every piece of data housed on a server and stores that image, not only locally, but in the cloud as well.
  • I have recently seen where a Client lost their server to a Motherboard failure, and actually forgot they had Datto, and upon calling us for a 911 fix we simply logged into their Datto and spun up a Virtual Copy of their Server before it crashed, and they were able to continue with their business for a few days like nothing had happened while we got their physical server back online. That is what is meant by Business Continuity.
  • Datto is easy to set up and deploy. They create a "Mirror" image of a covered device (usually a server) every hour, and at the end of the day will send the latest image to the cloud for Offsite Backup.
  • Cons: If you go with the smallest Datto appliances, we have experienced some of these units overheating, as I do not believe they have a built-in fan. Fixing this usually requires moving the device where it can get better airflow. They are usually housed next to a server, but you have to keep in mind servers like other desktops have built-in fans, so even though the computer can take the room temp, a small Datto device may not find it so doable.
  • My only other Con with Datto would be that at this point in time they are in the process of redoing their accounting, so with the invoices I used to get, it was very easy to validate charges, while the "new system" has all our appliances on multiple invoices to go through to validate correct charges.
  • I can't think of anything else to put toward a Con for now.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Very easy to work with: web interface is extremely simple and documentation is readily available.
  • Combines local and cloud backups in a single package, making implementation easy.
  • Wide variety of restore options - download VHD, restore individual files, bare metal, virtualization in the cloud, and virtualization on the appliance itself.
  • Performs automatic backup testing. Datto creates VMs from backups in its cloud and sends email notifications of VM boot process. While this feature should not completely replace manual backup testing, it is still very useful to check the integrity of the backups.
  • Money: Datto SIRIS is somewhat expensive.
  • Sales model. Datto only sells SIRIS devices through third-party VARs, not directly. As the administration of the device is very simple, it can be hard to understand the need for VAR involvement.
  • Notifications can be finicky. Datto can be configured to send various notification emails to administrators, but notifications do not always contain accurate information on the backup status.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • It does full image backups, which is its best feature, since it allows to do virtual machines restores when servers fail, either to run locally on the backup server or on the cloud. Being able to virtualize a server when it fails in just a few minutes and having the freedom and time to decide what to do next, whether you need to get new hardware or talk to a provider to assist in troubleshooting, it makes your life easier.
  • The user interface to manage servers and configure settings is very user-friendly.
  • It has many different restoration options. From simple file and folder restore over Windows Explorer, the option to perform local or cloud virtualizations, perform an image restore to a physical machine, export images as VMDK or VHD files, virtualize directly to ESX hosts... they have done a good job in providing many different restore capabilities that could suit everybody's needs.
  • It can also be used as an effective tool to mitigate the effects of ransomware, since the recovery points taken are not affected and can be used to recover data after an attack.
  • The Datto client supports all Windows versions, and there's a client for Linux and Mac as well.
  • There's a functionality to backup share folders only, instead of doing the full image of the servers.
  • They have ongoing support and specialists for disaster recovery scenarios.
  • The cloud transfer is not as efficient as it could be. When backups flagged to the cloud are queued, they don't get released individually, but you have to wait until the whole package gets transferred. This is especially bad if the bandwidth is not good enough, and this also affects the capacity of the devices, because the points flagged cannot be deleted by the retention, and the backup appliance could get full because of this.
  • The account security for the user is not good enough. The users and passwords have to be created by another user, and there's no 2FA. As a partner, we do have that functionality, but the direct users don't have it available.
  • There's not enough reporting, which would be useful for compliance. There's a need to be able to log the activities that a user does on a device, the restores performed, and updates on settings. This has not been covered yet.
  • While there are enough people for support, sometimes the support team won't be as proactive as you would expect. They work within the limits of the functionalities of their tools, but they could get stuck troubleshooting the environments as a whole. Since the Datto client works with Windows features, other applications can affect the status of the client, but the support team has limitation in the way they troubleshoot these scenarios.
January 31, 2019

Datto Suite of Products

Justin Weller | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Business Continuity and disaster recovery. If you want to have the ability to have your business back up and functional within minutes if a disaster strikes, this device is for you.
  • The PSA portion of their company is phenomenal. It's a one-stop shop that tracks all of your billing, products, and sales from the initial opportunity to the completion of the work.
  • Their pricing model makes it a very affordable option for not only MSP's but the end user as well.
  • I really don't have any areas. This may sound silly, but I'm not lying when I say it. lol
Jason Rojas | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Information on computer hardware.
  • Allows the creations of user-defined fields: so helpful.
  • Great reporting tools.
  • Modernize the interface and streamline it. It feels like there are a lot of clicks to get to commonly used areas.
  • More user defined fields (not a deal breaker).
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Backup your data.
  • Allows you to turn on a virtualized environment in case your servers are lost or destroyed.
  • Quickly recover from data loss due to malware or user error.
  • Speed in which the initial back is made.
  • Datto Nas devices should allow for more shares to be supported.
  • Better user interface in their dashboard.
Alex Farling | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Reliable image based backup with cloud replication
  • Entry level BDR does not do encryption at rest... this is really the only complaint I have with Datto, but it's a big one... This should be a "permission to play" feature on EVERY BDR in the industry at this point.
August 30, 2018


Kevin Hutchinson, CISSP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Ability to snap shot a machine.
  • Rapid, point-in-time recovery protecting against ransomware.
  • Bare metal restores
  • Customer service is horrible.
  • They completely shift support to the MSP so you can't contact their engineers directly.
  • No visibility into problems with the unit for the owner/customer. Again, forcing reliance on an MSP for support issues.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Datto's RoundTrip service, which is an external hard drive provided by Datto to expedite the transfer of larger data sets to the Datto Coud. This can also be used for outages and if replication falls behind.
  • Reporting - Datto does a nice job with the Backup Report page which displays information on a per-agent basis for Screenshots, Forced Backups, Scheduled Backups, Last Screenshot, Last Successful Backup
  • Screenshot Verification - this feature boots and screenshots recovery points created by associated agent. This way, it can ensure that the agent will boot successfully in a restore.
  • The installation of Datto can be tricky without experts.
Stana Steen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • Server Virtualization! Datto is fast in virtualizing your servers it is backing up. We have had clients up in 12 minutes after a dual hard drive failure.
  • Support is usually fast. We don't have to call support often but when we do they have been easy to contact with little wait time.
  • Alerting! The Datto sends alerts to our PSA. The ticket creation is very important to us and the Datto works very well with our PSA.
  • The only con is the price. I would like to see better margins for reselling the product. We include managing the Datto in our monthly and though we don't have a lot of issues with the Dattos, we do have a dedicated engineer that monitors them so we have a lot invested in offering the Datto line. Otherwise, there is no other con!
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
  • All servers are backed up at the image level. This means they are capable of virtualizing or spinning up the server on the Datto appliance in times of outage.
  • Built on the reliable StorageCraft software, they are very reliable, hands-off back-ups. Once setup and configured, the jobs go off and backup the resource without much intervention.
  • Spinning up a downed server on the Datto hardware appliance means very minimal downtime for business-critical servers.
  • Datto hardware can be very pricey. The appliances have processors and memory to spin up production servers on-the-fly so it is essentially purchasing another server vs. a BDR appliance only.
  • The hardware comes with a warranty that must be manually renewed. Other competitors provide devices that do not include warranties vs. an ongoing subscription and hardware refresh.
  • The hardware runs with StorageCraft as the underlying software. Datto does not produce and maintain their own code for the backup process.
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