Retrospect is an old Mac standby. They’ve been around since OS 6-7, earning the users’ trust with their easy to use and comprehensive Mac backup solution. EMC acquired the original Retrospect developer, Dantz Development Corp, in 2004. In 2010, Roxio snapped up the company from EMC, but they spun off of Roxio later. Today, the new company introduced a new team which announced a major new version of the Retrospect utility.

Retrospect 9 for Mac brings an all-new 64-bit network backup client for Intel Macs, sporting Growl notifications and AES-256 encryption so it’s more secure as a corporate backup solution. Network backup supports Mac, Linux and Windows boxes and the software is now speedier, has a prettified user interface and introduces task workflows. What’s more, it supports popular WebDAV storage system in an attempt to remain relevant in this world of cloud backups and online services.

Other changes, per press release:

Specifically, Retrospect can now run twice as many simultaneous operations as the previous version; it uses less memory and fewer processor cycles at idle; tape library management has been improved; Retrospect’s configuration file is more resistant to corruption; and client backups and restores are faster. Retrospect 9 also offers a new view of past backups that show only those files that were copied during the backup, making it easy to see Retrospect’s data deduplication technology at work conserving backup storage space.

Retrospect 9 for Mac is available in many flavors. More after the break…

A five-seat version for individual users will set you back $129 ($249 with ASM). Other offerings include the $479 single-server, 20-seat license, all the way up to the $1,669 multi server version with unlimited clients. A free trial version is available as well. Boxed version goes on sale in November and folks who have purchased the previous version on or after July 20, 2011 will get Retrospect 9 free of charge.

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