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Retrospect, still in development

Larry Zulch, who co-founded Dantz Development in 1984 with his brother Richard before selling the company to EMC in 2004, has released a statement in response to the announcement of Retrospect’s discontinuation on the Retro-list, a mailing list for administrators of systems.

“Over the past few years we have used the experience of the Dantz / Retrospect team to increase EMC’s footprint in small and medium-sized businesses,” writes Zulch, who continues as vice president and general manager of the EMC Insignia. “We have helped develop and sell Array storage hardware and storage resource management, replication and collaboration software. Within that great team is a group that has recently been chosen to focus exclusively on Retrospect.”

Zulch’s comments come in response to a report published by The Register, in which it was stated that EMC planned to abandon Retrospect development, leaving only a few employees tasked with developing the latest update of the software for creating Backups.

Zulch does not deny that EMC has made significant cuts to the task force. EMC recently cut the workforce by 40 employees from marketing, sales, and other departments. However, Zulch indicates that a group of Retrospect veterans, including “some of the best employees that we have at Dantz” have been chosen to focus on the product.

“These people, this team, are highly motivated and completely dedicated to you and the success of Retrospect,” says Zulch. “They have something to prove, and I hope you give them the opportunity to do so.”