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Will Datto Attend ConnectWise IT Nation 2017? (Yes)

Pete Rawlinson
Pete Rawlinson
ConnectWise CEO Arnie Bellini

Datto still plans to attend IT Nation 2017, and ConnectWise will welcome the company to the conference, executives from both companies tell ChannelE2E.

The statements arrive as Datto merges with Autotask, one of ConnectWise's core rivals. IT Nation, hosted by ConnectWise, is one of the largest annual conferences for IT solutions providers (ITSPs) and MSPs. The next event is set for Nov. 8-10 in Orlando, Fla.

ConnectWise has occasionally blocked rivals from attending the annual event. Shocking? Actually, no. It's a common practice for many IT companies (Microsoft, VMware, etc.) that host big industry events.

Still Attending, Still Welcome? Yes. And Yes

So are the IT Nation 2017 doors open for Datto? "They are welcome to come," ConnectWise CEO Arnie Bellini told ChannelE2E. "They will be there." Meanwhile, Datto Chief Marketing Officer Pete Rawlinson confirmed to ChannelE2E that the company plans to attend the event.

No doubt, ConnectWise and the Datto-Autotask combo will compete on many fronts even as they cooperate on others.

Stay tuned for more on that later this evening. We'll share perspectives on the Datto-Autotask deal from executives representing ConnectWise, Continuum, KaseyaSolarWinds MSP and more.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.