Datto Technologies Explained

Datto Technologies Explained

Fifosys are a Blue (highest) level partner and have been a member of the Datto EMEA Advisory Panel since its inception.

This means we work with Datto to help them tailor their technologies to support real businesses and use cases. It also means our engineers are on the cutting edge for testing and can really help our customers leverage the features. 

This page explains some of the key Datto features we love.

Ransomware Detection

Datto released the first ransomware detection feature as part of the SIRIS Total Data Protection platform. Ransomware, like most illicit software, leaves an identifiable footprint as it takes over a server, PC or laptop. Datto devices actively monitor backups, and when a ransomware footprint is detected, SIRIS notifies admins that they have a likely ransomware attack on their hands. From there, recovery is simply a matter of restoring from a previous backup. Stop worrying about ransomware and get back to business fast with SIRIS, the total data protection platform.

Advanced Screenshot Verification

Good is now even better with Datto’s advanced screenshot verification. While a screenshot does provide a sense of security that a server has been properly constructed as a bootable image, we have taken it to the next level with additional verification options. Datto now offers script execution to further ensure a backup is viable. Need to know if a database is corrupted, or if a service is running? Create a script, upload it to SIRIS, and each screenshot verification will run the script against the latest image. Don’t just think a backup is viable, know it is with advanced screenshot verification.

NAS Guard

Not all network storage is protected by the cloud. This is why Datto NAS 3 can mount other network storage devices, and automatically schedule and copy data from other devices to the Datto NAS. Once under the NAS Guard umbrella, this data is then protected just like any other data on the Datto NAS, uploaded to the secure Datto Cloud, and available for restore at any time. Protect your existing network storage solutions with NAS Guard, available by the end of the year on Datto NAS 3.

Direct Restore Utility

Restoring files from a Windows system backup just got easier with the Direct Restore Utility. Using new embedded capabilities on the SIRIS 3, files on any Windows image, including encrypted and deduplicated images, can be explored on the SIRIS without booting the entire image. When the desired files and folders are found, SIRIS can push them to any Windows device using iSCSI. Why does this matter? Because iSCSI file transfers are faster and preserves ACLs, maintaining permissions in the file transfer when the files are restored.

Geo Replication

Customers now have the ability to apply geo redundancy policies to SIRIS backup images from UK > Iceland and from Frankfurt > Iceland data centres. Simply select geo redundancy on an SIRIS device, and a backup will be sent to the secondary datacentre automatically within the same region. If something happens in a disaster scenario and the primary data centre is not available, the backup will be recoverable from the secondary data centre.

Inverse Chain Technology

This proprietary technology eliminates broken backup chains. Each time a backup occurs on an appliance, data is converted directly into a virtual machine, with the most recent backup image always being the base image. Data is always available immediately, both on and off-site.

Backup Insights

This ground-breaking proprietary technology on appliances allows you to identify file or application changes between any two backup points. You can easily find that deleted folder or determine which files a virus affected. 

Instant On-site and Off-site Virtualisation

Backups from Datto appliances can be virtualised locally on the Datto SIRIS or to the secure Datto Cloud, instantly, with the click of a button. Should a local disaster occur, a business can continue as usual in the Datto Cloud. Even while virtualised, systems can perform a normal backup schedule to both the Datto device and to the Datto Cloud.

Hybrid Virtualization

This is the combination of instant off-site virtualisation and the single click connectivity of instant local virtualisation. On-premise servers are protected on Datto appliances and mirrored automatically to the Datto Cloud, improving fault tolerance while reducing the reliance on bandwidth speed. Restoration involves booting the node in the cloud and managing it using local hardware.

Datto Drive local

While cloud hosted file sync and share is simple and easy to use, it is not the right answer for all use cases. Sometimes security, policy or regulatory requirements dictate a locally hosted solution. Datto Drive local delivers the same experience, and even the same source code as Datto Drive, but hosted on local SIRIS devices. Modernise access, collaborate faster, and access files from anywhere all from a cloud protected file sync and share solution now available for free on SIRIS 3.

Agentless and Agent-based Backup

Datto SIRIS 3 supports both physical and virtual systems through agentless and agent-based backup. Agentless protection enables fast and easy pairing of any number of VMware systems or templates. Agent-based protection provides scalable backup for all of your physical devices.

Time-Based Cloud Retention

This unique billing model takes the guesswork out of cloud billing. Storage for appliances is based on time-frames versus trying to estimate how many gigabytes a customer may need

Infinite Cloud Retention

Need to keep more data for an extended time? Avoid limits like storage capacity maximums and lapsed storage contracts with Datto’s Infinite Cloud Retention Program. Maintain an ongoing contract with us, and keep your data on the Datto Cloud indefinitely. Perfect for long term archiving and organisations subject to regulatory requirements.


James Moss

Technical Director

James Moss