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Datto Hires CTO: Oracle Veteran, Entrepreneur Robert Petrocelli

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Datto has hired Oracle storage veteran and serial entrepreneur Robert Petrocelli as its CTO (chief technology officer), ChannelE2E has confirmed. Petrocelli succeeds Robert Gibbons, who disclosed plans to step away from the MSP -centric technology company last year.

Former Datto CTO Robert Gibbons
Former Datto CTO Robert Gibbons
Former Datto CTO Robert Petrocelli

Petrocelli brings  a unique blend of enterprise, storage and entrepreneurial experience to Datto. According to a bio that has now surfaced on Datto's website, Petrocelli has:

  • founded and sold technology startups in medical imaging and data storage;
  • earned Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year honors;
  • built businesses that landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing privately held companies four times;
  • earned numerous patents related to data storage, replication, and archiving; and
  • led the core ZFS and Storage Performance teams within the Oracle systems division.

Datto Business Evolution

Petrocelli arrives at Datto during a key time for the company.

Datto described ongoing momentum for its various MSP technologies during the DattoCon19 conference, held in June. Although revenues and profit figures are undisclosed, the perceived momentum is particularly impressive, considering Datto has navigated:

Datto Products and Services for MSPs

So what's ahead for Datto? Petrocelli's background screams "storage" -- which should align well with Datto's core data protection and business continuity platforms.

But the company also needs to continue integrating and enhancing its business management tools -- including Datto RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management) and Autotask PSA (Professional Services Automation). Plus, Datto must raise the visibility of its cloud-managed networking and WiFi equipment.

How will Petrocelli tie all of those technologies together in new or different ways? We've reached out to Datto for comment, and will strive to provide coverage of Petrocelli's technology vision in the days ahead.

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.