Recovered from Nashville and Fired Up for DattoCon 17

by Jul 19, 2016Business Continuity

The bar was set high. Can DattoCon 17 in Denver top Nashville?

Last September when I heard DattoCon2016 was being held in Nashville, I clicked my boots and did a giddy up around the office! Growing up in Ontario, Canada I absolutely hated country music. However, that all changed when I played junior hockey in Saskatchewan. And, now I am that guy in the cowboy hat (sometimes) who listens to country music. . .and can’t wait to see what DattoCon 17 has in store.

Anyway, I try to make it to 2-3 conferences a year. I find conferences are a good way to stay in happening in the industry, keep in touch with peers, and build new relationships. I first met the folks from Datto at a conference back in 2009 (believe it was an ASCII conference in New Jersey). I’ve been to every DattoCon since (with the exception of Vegas. . .not sure how I missed that one). And, now the Datto conference with their disaster demos is top on my list . That said, I’m already looking forward to DattoCon 17.

However, before I jump ahead, I wanted to reflect on some of this year’s highlights:

  • The introduction of the Datto SIRIS 3. The new updated hardware, KVM virtualization replacing virtualbox, diskless restore option, agentless backup (VMware environments) as well as Mac backup capabilities is big news for the SIRIS platform.
  • The release of infinite cloud retention. Over the years, we have lost opportunities because the Datto SIRIS cloud storage was just too expensive for our clients requiring multiple years of cloud retention. The rates for 3, 5 or 7 year years of backup retention offsite was astronomical, and the SIRIS was not close to being in the same ballpark. With the release of Infinite Cloud Storage (approx 20% over 1 year), we are excited to be able to offer this to our clients with requirements of multiple years of backup retention.
  • Keynote speaker Steve Wozniak. As a tech geek, it was an absolute thrill to listen to Steve Wozniak talk about what he was up to, his views on the current technology trends as well as vision for the future and AI. The Q&A session was pretty cool.
  • Meet more of the Datto squad. I got to put faces to the names and voices of the Datto staff that I’ve been in contact with throughout the organization over the years.
  • We got Bacon. real bacon at DattoCon2016, none of that stinking turkey bacon! 🙂

steve wozniak dattocon2016

A big thank you to all of the Datto staff and personnel who helped put this event together. Rob Rae, Christine Gassman and their entire team did an unbelievable job! DattoCon 16 was likely one of the best tech conferences I have ever attended. Also, a massive thank you to the folks at LogicNow for your amazing hospitality and generosity (Kelly O’Bray & Stanley Monk).

We’ve been a Datto partner for about 7 years now. And, it is amazing to see how far they have come.  Just listening to Austin’s keynote this year, I was inspired and excited to be along with them for the ride. In fact, coming out of DattoCon, we have quite a few ideas that we’d like to implement at Invenio IT.

Overall, an awesome conference. Thumbs up to all and we’ll see you at DattoCon 17.


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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.

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