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New EMC Dantz Retrospect 7 Improves Data Protection for SMBs and the Distributed Enterprise

Retrospect release enhances ease of use and extends disk backup capabilities

Hopkinton,, Monday, January 31, 2005 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information storage and management, today announced the release of EMC Dantz Retrospect 7 for Windows backup and recovery software, including four updated editions (Retrospect 7 Multi Server, Single Server, Small Business Server and Disk-to-Disk) designed for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and the distributed enterprise. Retrospect's new wizards make it easier than ever to ensure reliable, automated data protection of servers, desktops, and notebooks in heterogeneous environments. Expanded backup to disk capabilities deliver faster backups and restores, and further simplify offsite media management. Retrospect 7 enables businesses to increase productivity, minimize downtime, and reduce overhead costs.

"With EMC Dantz Retrospect, it was easy to set up the backups for my network of desktops and notebooks," said Dan LeBaron of Ingenuit Technologies in Vancouver, Washington. "I back up to disk and retain the last 20 copies. I never have to worry about exceeding disk space or allocating additional storage, because Retrospect automatically grooms older backups from the disk to make room for new data. For disaster recovery purposes, I use Retrospect's new synthetic full backup feature to pull data directly from our incremental backups without having to perform a full backup of the original computers. The operation is quicker than a full backup, and it does not affect users or the network."

"The new backup and restore wizards make it even easier for our customers to get their backups up and running quickly," says Jim Addlesberger, President of NavigateStorage, a solutions specialty VAR specializing in storage, backup and e-mail archiving. "The wizards ask a series of simple questions that walk the user through the otherwise complex process of scheduling backups and managing onsite/offsite rotation of their backup tapes. Several of our larger customers are moving into Fibre Channel tape libraries, which EMC Dantz Retrospect now supports, and they'll find the improved tape management features to be very beneficial."

Retrospect has won numerous awards and industry acclaim for its ease of use and patented ability to provide fast backup and smart restores with unparalleled accuracy. It protects servers, desktops, and notebooks running Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Solaris, as well as 24x7 business-critical applications. Retrospect's innovative technology also automatically adjusts backup operations to ensure systems are regularly protected — a valuable advantage for SMBs with limited IT resources and distributed enterprises with remote offices or mobile workforces.

Highlights of the New Release

Retrospect 7 includes the following new features:

  • Intuitive wizards further streamline setup, backups, restores, and media duplication.
  • Improved disk-to-disk-to-tape capabilities enable backup to disk for fast onsite restores and automated transfers to tape for safe offsite storage.
  • Create synthetic full backups onto tapes from existing disk backups without having an impact on users, applications, or the network.
  • Automated data grooming ensures that backups to disk do not exceed disk capacity by removing older data.
  • Fibre Channel and iSCSI tape backup device support.
  • Support for the latest releases of Red Hat Linux, SUSE LINUX, and Mac OS X.
  • Expanded Microsoft Exchange Server protection enables backup and restore of individual public folders at message level.
  • Increased security with 128-bit AES data encryption on backup media.

"SMBs are increasingly aware that they should be backing up their data, but only about 40 percent of small firms and 46 percent of mid-sized ones do so regularly," said Ray Boggs, VP Small/Medium Business Research at IDC. "The availability of effective, affordable, and most importantly, easy to use solutions will be key in motivating those that know they should be backing up but still haven't made the commitment to do so."

Availability and Pricing

Retrospect 7 is available immediately through EMC Dantz Global Partner Network members, including value-added resellers, solution providers, and leading technical retailers. Retrospect 7 is offered in four editions at the following list prices:

  • Retrospect Multi Server starting at $1299
  • Retrospect Single Server starting at $699
  • Retrospect Small Business Server starting at $499
  • Retrospect Disk-to-Disk starting at $299

About Retrospect

EMC Dantz Retrospect is an award-winning software product that protects millions of computers worldwide by providing best-in-class data protection for servers, desktops, notebooks, and business-critical applications. Patented technology makes Retrospect easy to administer and delivers fast, reliable backups with smart restores. Customers using Retrospect include small and midsize businesses, distributed enterprises, as well as home and home offices. Information about Retrospect products can be found at www.emcdantz.com or by calling 925.948.9000.

About EMC

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management that help organizations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.

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