What's New in Retrospect
The latest version of Retrospect is packed with features for helping our customers protect their MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB databases, keep tabs on Retrospect with a daily backup report email, and leverage Wasabi for affordable cloud storage–all on the latest certified systems, including macOS High Sierra and Windows Fall Creators Update.
Retrospect's Latest Features
[New in 12.6 and 14.6] New Cloud Storage Providers
Retrospect is now certified to seamlessly integrate with DigitalOcean Spaces, Google Cloud Storage in Frankfurt and São Paulo, and Aufiero Informatica in Argentina.
[New in 12.6 and 14.6] Daily Backup Report Email for Large-Scale Environments
Retrospect's daily backup report email has been improved to support better analytics for large-scale environments with hundreds of clients, with a high-level summary, a section for errors, and a table of clients that are not protected.
[New in 12.6 and 14.6] Customizable Email Template
Customers are now able to customize Retrospect's HTML email template with their own header and footer, enabling IT administrators to add their contact details for quick access to support.
[New in 12.6 and 14.6] Improved Error Reporting
Retrospect has always had excellent error reporting. If there is an issue with your backup or restore, we call it out in the operations log. To reduce the noise of spurious warnings, Retrospect no longer identifies the following issues as warnings: cached files that do not compare (operating system files during a live system backup) or files that are no longer present (files that were present during the scan but not during backup).
[New in 12.6 and 14.6] Networking Improvements
Retrospect now better adapts to network hiccups and timeouts with a faster retry mechanism and improved error handling.
[New in 12.5 and 14.5] Database Protection for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB
Retrospect now integrates with the three most popular databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB. System administrators can deploy custom scripts to quiesce these databases into a read-only mode to ensure an application-consistent backup every time.
[New in 12.5 and 14.5] Daily Backup Report Email
The "Backup Report" is one of Retrospect's most popular features, and now it's available as a daily email. Customers can keep tabs on every computer in their environment without leaving their inbox.
[New in 12.5 and 14.5] System Update Certifications
Thousands of homes and businesses across the world depend on Retrospect to protect their essential data. With the latest release of Retrospect for Windows and Retrospect for Mac, customers are now protected on the latest system updates:
- Apple macOS High Sierra (10.13), Apple File System (APFS)
- Microsoft Windows Fall Creators Update
- Ubuntu Linux 15, 16, 17
- RHEL 7 Update 3
- CentOS Linux 7 Update 3
- Suse Linux 11.4, 12.2
- Debian Linux 8, 9
In cases where the official system updates haven't been released, certification was performed with the latest preview.
[New in 12.5 and 14.5] Cloud Storage with Wasabi
Wasabi is a cloud storage provider focused on single-tier hot storage, very low costs at $0.0039/GB a month, and extremely fast speeds, and it's now certified for seamless integration with Retrospect for Windows and Retrospect for Mac.
[Retrospect Virtual] Granular File-Level Restore for VMware and Hyper-V - Paid Add-on
Retrospect Virtual now supports file-level granular restore for virtual machines. In the past, IT administrators needed to restore an entire virtual machine to extract a single file from it. With RunDirect, this VM restore was fast, but now with Granular Restore, administrators can skip the VM restore altogether.
[New in 12.1 and 14.1] 50% Faster Cloud Backup
Cloud backup is now 50% faster, ensuring you're protected offsite as quickly as possible. Retrospect integrates seamlessly with Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Backblaze B2, Dropbox, and a long list of regional cloud storage providers.
Scalable Data Protection
Data continues to grow for businesses around the world. Our customers are small businesses, and yet they have seen tremendous growth in the amount of data they manage. They're now responsible for tens of terabytes and tens of millions of files, and need a data protection strategy that ensures their business is always backed up.
Retrospect's protection suite now includes scalable data protection. As an industry first for file-level backup, Retrospect is now certified to back up 1 billion files per backup set, 100 TB of data per backup set, and 50 million files per device.
With this new software architecture, businesses with 1TB or 100TB of data can use Retrospect to protect their entire infrastructure. Companies like media production houses with tens of millions of files on a single file server are now able to protect every file without jumping through additional hoops. The new version scales up to the largest business environments, with complete integration with our set-and-forget backup strategies, granular file-selection selectors, and data retention policies-all at no additional cost, regardless of the amount of data.
Backblaze B2 Integration
Backblaze B2 is a business-class cloud storage provider with extremely low costs, at $0.005/GB a month. Retrospect 12 for Windows and Retrospect 14 for Mac support Backblaze B2 as a cloud storage provider, offering complete integration with Retrospect's hybrid data protection.
Monitoring System Integration
Retrospect now integrates with the latest monitoring systems, including Nagios, Slack, and IFTTT. System administrators can deploy custom scripts that populate their monitoring systems with a wide range of Retrospect events and statistics, including per-source backup information, media requests, and script successes and failures.
IT administrators must deal with a wide array of hardware and software, and this complex ecosystem presents challenges for maintaining data protection across so many running services. Retrospect now includes script hooks. IT staff can integrate customized scripts that are executed at specific points during their backup strategy lifecycle. Retrospect is now able to quiesce databases and other services before a backup starts and then relaunch those services after the backup completes successfully. Script hooks let system administrators integrate Retrospect more deeply into their environment.
Avid and LTFS Production Tool Support
Production companies use Avid and LTFS extensively, and this latest version of Retrospect includes integration with these production house tools.
LTFS enables businesses to use tape without being locked into a proprietary format. Instead, it uses a common format, accessible to a computer like a file share. Retrospect 12 for Windows and Retrospect 14 for Mac support storing data on LTFS.
Avid hardware and software is used for managing large-scale media projects throughout the entertainment industry. With this version of Retrospect 12 for Windows and Retrospect 14 for Mac, IT professionals can protect their Avid projects with native integration with Retrospect.
This latest release also offers other features and performance enhancements:
- Performance Improvements – Retrospect 12 for Windows and Retrospect 14 for Mac include significant improvements for backup and restore for computers that have more than 500,000 folders.
- Network Connectivity – Retrospect 12 for Windows and Retrospect 14 for Mac include clients that are more resilient to network hiccups and outages.
How to Upgrade
Upgrade Wizard: If you use an earlier version of Retrospect, you may be eligible for upgrade pricing.
Retrospect for Windows
Retrospect 12 for Windows is a paid upgrade for customers with Retrospect 11 for Windows or a free upgrade for customers with an active Annual Support and Maintenance (ASM) contract.
Retrospect for Mac
Retrospect 14 for Mac is a paid upgrade for customers with Retrospect 13 for Mac or a free upgrade for customers with an active Annual Support and Maintenance (ASM) contract.
Annual Support and Maintenance (ASM)
Annual Support and Maintenance (ASM) ensures you're always able to run the latest version of Retrospect with unlimited access to our Support team.
ASM Fulfillment: Customers with an active ASM contracts can get licenses for the latest versions of their products by processing their ASM fulfillment.
ASM Renewal: Customers with an expired ASM contract may be eligible to renew it and get licenses for the latest versions of their products.