New Owners of Dantz "Committed" to Mac Market With Retrospect

The new owners of back-up software maker Dantz Development Corp. are "committed" to continuing development and sale of its three Retrospect software products for Mac, company executives told The Mac Observer Tuesday.

Dantz was acquired by data storage company EMC Corp., on Monday in a cash transaction valued at less than US$50 million. Dantz will continue to operate in Walnut Creek, Calif., and produce Retrospect, which is designed to protect computers by providing data backup and recovery for file servers, desktops and notebooks.

"We are committed to this Mac market," Larry Zulch, Chief Executive Officer and President of Dantz, told TMO. "The Macintosh is important to Dantz and EMC knows this. The Retrospect products for Mac are a strong indication of EMCs interest in the small and midsize business (SMB) market...There are no plans to spin off or discontinue any of our products, including Mac products. These are products we have an on-going commitment to."

George Simons, CTO for EMCs information management group echoed the commitment to the Mac platform, broadening the Hopkinton, Mass.-based companyis reach.

"We are 100 percent behind Dantz continuing the plans that they are on and that means support of the Macintosh as well," Mr. Simons said. "Selling to the Mac SMB market is an important part of our push and a major reason why we have purchased Dantz."

Mr. Zulch told TMO development of Retrospect for Mac will not change with its acquisition by EMC.

While not divulging its exact contribution to its bottom line, Mr. Zulch said its Mac products are "significant enough of a market that we pay great attention to it. It is material and significant to us and it will continue to be that way."

For Mac users, Dantz makes Retrospect Desktop, Retrospect Server, and Retrospect Workgroup.

The Mac Observer first reported the companies were in talks to merge on Monday.