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Datto gets $75M to fund data protection services

Datto, which sells backup and disaster recovery as a service, today closed a $75 million funding round although its founder and CEO says the vendor is already profitable.

The B round brings the startup’s total funding to around $100 million. Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) was the sole venture capitalist involved in the round.

Datto sells its data protection products to managed service providers (MSPs).

“We don’t need this money to fund operations,” Datto CEO Austin McChord said. “We’ve been profitable since 2013. We’ll use this cash to make future investments in technologies and geographies, and we want to bring TCV into the fold.”

The Norwalk, Conn.-based company already has offices in the U.K., and this month moved into Australia and New Zealand. McChord said he intends to expand further.

Datto acquired cloud-to-cloud backup startup Backupify last December. Backupify protects data in Salesforce.com, Google Apps and Microsoft 365. McChord left the door open for more acquisitions but said Datto prefers to develop technologies in house. Possible new services Datto may develop include analytics and security.

“We store an enormous amount of data in our cloud, we’re up to about 160 petabytes,” McChord said. “That’s only valuable to our customers now if they have a disaster. So we’re looking at how we can bring value on an every day basis.”

McChord said TCV has a strong track record of working with maturing startups, and TCV general partner Ted Coons has a great deal of experience in the MSP market.  Coons joins Datto’s board, along with Patrick Gray and Xerox CEO Ursula Burns.

Datto found itself in the news last month for its involvement with former secretary of state Hillary Clintons’ e-mail. Datto reseller Platte River Networks used a Datto server to store Clinton e-mails. Platte River turned over Clinton’s e-mail server to the FBI, and McChord said Datto has also cooperated with the FBI.

“We’ve done everything in accordance with the wishes of our client and the end user,” McChord said. “We’re working hard to protect them like any other customers. Both the end user and Platte River gave us permission to give data over to the FBI. We have done that, and it is no longer in our hands anymore.”

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