Dantz Development Corp.
on Tuesday released an update to its Retrospect backup software for the Macintosh. New features in the update include support for new CD/DVD backup systems, support for Red Hat Linux clients, and the ability to boot into OS X for disaster recovery.
Retrospect 5.1 sports support for a wide variety of backup and archival media, and features automated scheduling and advanced administration capabilities. Now, the new version includes a bootable CD-ROM that can be used to restore the operating system in the event of a catastrophic failure. Once the OS is installed, users can restore individual archived files and applications using their latest Retrospect backup.
An automatic configuration tool simplifies support for many new CD/DVD rewriteable drives that have hit the market since Retrospect’s last significant update.
Retrospect Express — the entry-level backup system offered by Dantz — has been replaced with Retrospect Desktop edition. Dantz said the software is positioned at home network users by providing support for its own machine plus two networked computers.
Through September 15, Dantz customers who purchase an annual support and maintenance agreement will receive Retrospect 5.1 upgrades at no charge.
Retrospect 5.1 ships in three version: Retrospect Server, which backs up to 100 networked clients, for US$799 (upgrades are $159); Retrospect Workgroup, designed for up to 20 networked machines, for $499 (upgrades are $99); and Retrospect Desktop, which backs up one desktop or laptop Mac and up to two networked computers, for $129 (upgrades are $59.95).