Dantz Announces Retrospect Disk-to-Disk Edition for Windows Servers

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. ­ November 3, 2003 ­ Dantz® Development Corporation, a leader in backup and restore software, today announced the immediate availability of Dantz Retrospect® Disk-to-Disk for Windows servers, giving SMBs, workgroups and departments an easy-to-use, cost-effective data protection strategy with the capacity and price advantages of hard disk storage.

"With as few as two external hard drives, a business can implement an offsite backup strategy using Retrospect Disk-to-Disk," said Tony Barbagallo, vice president of worldwide marketing at Dantz Development Corp. "Retrospect Disk-to-Disk is the perfect solution for environments whose needs are not adequately met by low-end tape, or who are looking to replace an older tape format yet are not ready to implement a strategy based on tape libraries and autoloaders. As business needs change, the Retrospect family of products allows companies to move seamlessly across the spectrum of disk-based and tape-based backups."

Backup to hard disk storage is cost-effective and easily managed, as it does not require manual insertion of backup media. Traditional tape backup requires the use of dozens of tapes in a complex and error-prone grandfather-father-son tape rotation strategy. Other D2D backup software attempts to emulate this system, but this 'virtual tape' method introduces an unnecessary layer of inefficiency in tracking data, resulting in complications when restoring data.

Retrospect eliminates this complexity by relying on backup sets to organize data and transfer it to disk. A backup set can consist of parts of a single disk or multiple hard disks as required. Retrospect automatically spans disks when performing backups.

Like other members of the Dantz family of backup and recovery products, Retrospect D2D backs up only new and changed files after the first full backup. This patented Progressive Backup technology delivers 100% accurate restores without bringing back unwanted files and folders that were previously deleted, renamed, or moved. Other backup software avoids flawed restores only by repeatedly performing full backups, which wastes time and consumes valuable space.

Since SMBs and small departments such as remote offices are often particularly vulnerable to data loss, and lack the in-house IT resources to make a complete recovery, Retrospect D2D provides an ideal disaster recovery system when used with portable, hot-pluggable 1394/USB2 hard drives. Retrospect D2D creates two backup sets on these low-cost hard drives, and while one set is in use onsite for rapid recovery, the second set can be rotated offsite. Because it does not need to perform a lengthy full backup to bring the offsite backup set current when it is rotated onsite, Retrospect D2D makes rotating drives fast, allowing SMBs to rotate the backup sets as often as desired to protect against disasters.

With this new product, Dantz also enables OEMs, channel partners, and VARs to efficiently deliver complete, high-quality, highly reliable storage solutions consisting of disk hardware and Retrospect D2D.

"Our Solution Providers are thrilled because they can now provide cost-effective and easy-to-manage backup for servers by configuring them with portable hard drives and Retrospect Disk-to-Disk," said Dan Schwab, vice president of marketing at leading national computer products distributor D&H. "We now can offer the perfect backup strategy for any size SMB with the wide breadth of backup products from Dantz."

Retrospect Disk-to-Disk is part of the Dantz Retrospect 6.5 for Windows product family. Retrospect 6.5 for Windows is available in five editions:

  • Retrospect Multi Server - Backs up multiple networked servers and unlimited networked desktops and notebooks to hard disks and/or tapes at a suggested list price of $1,099.

  • Retrospect Single Server - Backs up a single server and unlimited networked desktops and notebooks to hard disks and/or tapes at a suggested list price of $699.

  • Retrospect Small Business Server - Designed specifically for Microsoft¹s Small Business Server, which includes Exchange Server and SQL Server, at a suggested list price of $749.

  • Retrospect Disk-to-Disk - Backs up a single server to 1394/USB2 hard drives or CD/DVDs, at a suggested list price of $299. Additional client licenses are available.

  • Retrospect Professional - Backs up data on a single desktop and two additional networked desktop and notebook computers in home and small offices, at a suggested list price of $129.

Add-on Products - For backup of open files, automated desktop and notebook backup, Exchange and SQL backup agents, and disaster recovery, and advanced tape support are also available.

About Dantz

Founded in 1984, Dantz Development Corporation is a leader in backup and restore software for small and midsize businesses. The award-winning Dantz Retrospect product family protects millions of computers worldwide by providing enterprise-class data protection for file servers, desktops, notebooks, and business-critical applications. Patented technology makes Retrospect easy to administer, and only Retrospect delivers the fastest backups while still providing 100% accurate restores. Customers of Dantz include small and midsize businesses, departments of larger enterprises such as British Telecom, DaimlerChrysler, Motorola, Nortel, Pixar, and Walt Disney, as well as home and small offices. Dantz is a privately held company located in Walnut Creek, Calif. and backed by leading venture capital firms Mobius Venture Capital, ARCH Venture Partners, and Madrona Venture Group. For more information, please visit http://www.dantz.com or call 925.948.9000. # # #

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