The addition of public and private cloud backup to Retrospect is great news for companies that want the ability to back up to a medium that is on site as well as having the safety net of data being stored off site
(PRWEB) March 01, 2016
PLEASANTON, Calif.— March 1, 2016—Retrospect®, Inc., makers of award-winning Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, today introduced a full hybrid backup solution with the release of Retrospect v11 for Windows and Retrospect v13 for Mac. This latest version supports integrated cloud backup to Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, DreamHost, and other Retrospect-certified cloud storage providers.
Off-site data protection is a critical piece of any business’s data protection strategy, as corporate data is always at risk from accidental loss, malicious threats, or natural disasters. Keeping a copy of critical data in a separate location safeguards it against loss, providing a further layer of protection. In addition, an off-site location can securely store archived content that is no longer in use.
Cloud backup to third-party cloud storage providers allows Retrospect customers a seamless way to protect their Windows, Mac, and Linux environment off-site. Retrospect is certified for cloud storage with worldwide cloud storage providers Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage, as well as regional cloud storage providers DreamHost, Dunkel, ArubaCloud, and Numergy. A full list of certified providers is available at retrospect.com/cloudcertified.
According to Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services  , “customers should consider augmenting their on-premises environments with public cloud storage for use cases such as content distribution, media streaming, archiving, backup and disaster recovery”. Their report names Amazon]] and Google as leaders in the public cloud storage market, noting their aggressive pricing and continued innovation.
Retrospect’s cloud backup support offers a number of advantages:
● Cost Effective: Public cloud storage providers like Amazon and Google offer the lowest prices for storage with a pay-for-use model, rather than flat-fee storage tiers.
● Zero Knowledge Security: Industry-standard AES-256 encryption assures customers that their data and their encryption keys remain theirs, regardless of whether their cloud storage provider suffers a security breach.
● No Cloud Storage Lock-in: The cloud storage landscape is evolving fast, and customers are always able to find the best fit for their environment by migrating between providers.
● Advanced Seeding and Large Scale Recovery Support: Bandwidth is a limiting factor for cloud backup, so Retrospect supports seeding options for the initial backup and large scale recovery for large restore scenarios.
● Private Cloud Support: Retrospect is certified to back up to Basho Riak CS, an open-source software that allows partners to run a private cloud in their own data center. Partners can quickly set up their own private cloud for their customers to utilize.
"The addition of public and private cloud backup to Retrospect is great news for companies that want the ability to back up to a medium that is on site as well as having the safety net of data being stored off site," said Owen Williams, IT Collective.
Partner Cloud Certification
Retrospect Partners are now able to become “Cloud Certified” with our new Cloud Certification Program. Partners can set up their own cloud storage service with Basho Riak CS for new and existing customers to use, and Retrospect will certify and call out these new “Cloud Certified” partners at retrospect.com/cloudcertified.
Retrospect v11 for Windows and v13 for Mac include a new performance-optimized grooming mode that is up to 5x faster. With grooming, customers stay protected with a long-term backup retention policy to ensure recovery from yesterday, last week, last month, or five years ago, using storage that fits their budget. Performance-optimized grooming enables customers to quickly leverage this space-saving process.
"Retrospect’s new faster grooming is a welcome enhancement giving us more flexibility for our clients' backup strategies,” said Ernst Mulder, GrafiSIS & AdvieSIS BV.
This latest release also offers other features and performance enhancements:
● Performance improvements: Backup and restore are up to 20% faster with under-the-hood optimizations. Catalog rebuild is up to 3x faster with a new fast rebuild mode. With these improvements, Retrospect delivers shorter backup windows and reduced recovery times.
● Microsoft Exchange 2016 certification: Retrospect is certified for Microsoft Exchange 2016 database protection.
“Retrospect now represents the hybrid Backup and Disaster Recovery solution of choice for SMBs, with the added safety and security of cloud backups complementing the easy accessibility of primary onsite backups for improved business continuity after a data loss,” says Jean-Christian Dumas, Vice President of Worldwide Sales. “Of course we have selected and certified trusted cloud providers to ensure that our customers’ data is uploaded and stored at the highest level of security, and that it can be quickly available in case of a local disaster. Our cloud solution is also very flexible, so our customers and service providers can move their data from one cloud storage provider to another, should they need or decide to. Retrospect’s flexibility extends to both on-site and off-site protection, allowing us to serve the SMB market in the best possible way.”
Pricing and Availability
Retrospect v11 for Windows and Retrospect v13 for Mac are free updates for customers with current qualifying annual support and maintenance contracts, and are immediately available from resellers or http://www.retrospect.com as an electronic download. Retrospect is available in 6 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.
Pricing for Retrospect ranges from $119 for Retrospect Desktop, which protect a single non-server computer and up to five additional networked computers, up to $2899 for Retrospect Multi Server, which protects as many Mac, Windows, and Linux servers and PCs as your bandwidth and storage capacity will allow. Upgrades range from $69 to $2399. (All prices listed above are suggested retail pricing in USD.) For a complete listing of new and upgrade product pricing, please visit retrospect.com.
Retrospect backup and recovery software provides small and midsize businesses with the reliability, ease of use, power, and flexibility needed to protect critical data on mixed-platform networks. Retrospect provides local and offsite backups, precise point-in-time restores, file-level deduplication, iOS remote management of multiple backup servers, end-user-initiated restores, and industry-leading customer support. With more than two decades of field-tested expertise and millions of users worldwide, Retrospect meets the needs of organizations that require the highest level of recoverability.
About Retrospect, Inc.
Retrospect, Inc. develops cross-platform backup and recovery software designed to meet the needs of professionals and small-to-midsize businesses in need of precise, reliable restores, and the very best customer support available. For additional information, please visit http://www.retrospect.com.
 Source: "Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services, Worldwide", Gartner, 2015