EMC Announces New Retrospect 8.1 for Mac Now Available

Published October 20th, 2009 - 02:46 GMT

GITEX Technology week - EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world’s leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that EMC Retrospect 8.1, the company’s trusted backup and recovery software for the Mac platform, is now available through distribution. Version 8.1 offers increased performance on Intel-based Macs, improvements to the new user interface introduced earlier this year in version 8.0, and now runs on PowerPC Macs, fully supporting individuals and organizations that use older Mac computers for their backups.

“Adding support for PowerPC Macs was a critical step towards providing small and mid-sized businesses the best backup and recovery product for their needs,” said Peter Wharton, vice president of marketing, EMC Consumer and Small Business Products Division. “Many existing Retrospect sites, as well as small businesses that have either outgrown Time Machine or that wish to centralize their backups, might only have a PowerPC-based Mac to utilize as a Retrospect backup server. EMC Retrospect 8.1 now seamlessly addresses that need.”

EMC Retrospect 8.1 improves performance over version 8.0 in a number of key areas, including backup, data verification, and restore activities. On average, users of Retrospect 8.1 on Intel-based Macs can expect to see local backup performance increase 10 to 15 percent over version 8.0 and 30 to 35 percent over version 6.1. Performance on PowerPC systems varies more with the power and speed of the processor, with faster, multiple G5 processor systems performing 10 to 15 percent better than they did with version 6.1.

Improvements to the user interface of EMC Retrospect 8.0 are also present in the 8.1 release, as well as several other enhancements that benefit the overall user experience.

“When such a respected and widely-used application as EMC Retrospect gets its first UI overhaul in more than ten years, we recognize that changes will be required after the public spends some time with the initial release,” said Eric Ullman, director of product management for Retrospect. “With version 8.1, we’ve taken the best feedback from our knowledgeable customers and made numerous enhancements to the UI—including updating icons, improving workflow, and providing better responses to the user’s actions—to please both new and existing users alike.”

Tech Superpowers, Inc., a professional services consultancy and Retrospect reseller with offices in Boston and London, is already working with EMC Retrospect 8.1.

“The new architecture and interface for Retrospect 8 enables us to monitor multiple backups simultaneously, and we can now create backup scripts in half the time,” said Michael Oh, president of Tech Superpowers, Inc. “For a professional services company like ours, which maintains 20 different backup environments for our clients, these changes make a big difference.”

EMC Retrospect 8.1 is currently available in English only; localized language editions are expected to be available later this year in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

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