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EMC Announces Retrospect 7.7 for Windows

PLEASANTON, Calif., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) , the world's leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced an upgrade to its Retrospect backup and recovery for small and medium businesses (SMBs). Available immediately, EMC Retrospect 7.7 adds several new capabilities, including integration with VMware Consolidated Backup, which allows Retrospect to perform off-host backups of active virtual machines. Other new features include complete protection for computers running Microsoft Windows 7, a new Retrospect Emergency Recovery CD for quick disaster recovery of Windows servers and PCs, wake-on-LAN technology for improved energy conservation, and full support for 64-bit processors and operating systems.

"Because of the cost-savings realized from systems virtualization, its use in small and medium businesses is on the rise," said Peter Wharton, Vice President of Marketing, the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC. "By integrating with VMware Consolidated Backup, EMC Retrospect is able to provide complete backups of virtualized systems without impacting the performance of those systems. This functionality allows SMBs implementing virtualization to enjoy a similar level of protection seen in the enterprise."

Critical data in small and medium businesses is not always corralled on servers. Instead, such data is normally found distributed across servers, desktops, and laptops. As a result, Retrospect is frequently employed to protect all the computers in an organization. Designed for this task, EMC Retrospect 7.7 now provides complete backup and recovery of computers running Microsoft Windows 7, and it can also wake Windows and Mac computers that are in standby (sleep) mode, allowing those systems to await backup in a low power usage state and providing significant cost savings over time.

With previous versions, Retrospect users could purchase a Disaster Recovery add-on that provided bootable-CD recovery for Windows servers and PCs that would not startup on their own. Now with version 7.7, this capability is included at no additional cost with Retrospect Multi Server, Single Server, Small Business Server, Disk-to-Disk, and Professional. The Retrospect Emergency Recovery CD, which can be downloaded as an ISO image from with a valid license code, will start up most computers running Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008, or Server 2003 and then allow them to be restored with Retrospect directly.

Several improvements to Retrospect's architecture are also present in this release. One of the most significant of those changes is the use of a new 64-bit engine. This allows Retrospect 7.7 to utilize more than four gigabytes of RAM to back up even larger datasets than previous versions.

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