I used to use Retrospect to back up files on my Macs. Not sure why I stopped, probably a compatibility issue with MacOS at the time. It did the job for me, though. But I was surprised to get some news from StorCentric, the company behind Retrospect, announcing an update. Something I’ll have to check out again.

Retrospect, a StorCentric company, announced the general availability (GA) of Retrospect Backup 18.5, featuring new anomaly detection, customizable filtering and thresholds, and enhanced ransomware protection to help businesses quickly detect and protect against malicious attacks. With deeper Microsoft Azure Blob integration for Immutable Backups and integrated cloud bucket creation, Retrospect Backup 18.5’s anomaly detection and ransomware protect bolsters StorCentric’s data-centric security approach to organizations’ critical infrastructure.

According to Coveware, most corporate targets are small and medium businesses. 72% of targeted businesses have fewer than 1,000 employees, and 37% have fewer than 100. Businesses are projected to have paid out $20B in 2021, a 100% Y-o-Y increase for the last four years, and it’s only going to get worse with new business models like RaaS: ransomware-as-a-service. With Retrospect Backup 18, businesses can protect their infrastructure with immutable backups for ransomware protection.

Included in Retrospect Backup 18.5

▪ Anomaly Detection: Detect anomalies in systems based on customizable filters and thresholds tailored to individual environments.

▪ Retrospect Management Console Integration: View anomalies across a business or partner’s entire client base in a single pane of glass.

▪ Improved Microsoft Azure Blob Integration: Set individual immutable retention policies for different backup sets within the same Azure Storage Container.

▪ Streamlined Immutable Backup User Experience: Automatically create cloud buckets with immutable backups supported by default.

▪ LTO-9 Support: Includes support for LTO-9, with capacities up to 18TB (45TB compressed).

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