Welcome to a journey through the history of Retarus.
1992 - Retarus is established
1993 - Corporate fax service
Software Brokerage – Retarus begins trading in software licenses.
The first faxes are sent on behalf of Retarus’ customers.
1994 - E-Mail-Security as a service
Development of an ISDN Router for cc:Mail called RMX.
Launch of a globally available dial-in platform, which links up with decentralized LAN email systems such as MHS and cc:Mail. Introduction of specialized communication services for proprietary company infrastructures via UUCP, SMTP and x.400.
Retarus offers its first email service gateway as an out-tasked solution. Increasing importance of LAN email systems for business communication means that email security gains in relevance.
The creation of our first email virus protection, available to customers either as a managed service or as a local solution.
Development of the fax infrastructure “Faxolution” for secure and reliable transmission of high volumes of faxes.
1995 - First Retarus trainee
Decentralized fax transmission hubs are built up in Germany and Austria.
1996 - Getting started with EDI business
Lotus Domino consulting services are launched.
The establishment of Interactive Voice Response and fax retrieval services.
1997 - Retarus encrypts emails
Highly integrative, optimally customized EDI services are offered for companies of any size wishing to connect their ERP systems and company applications, no matter which data formats or platforms are being used.
1998 - Retarus alarm call launched at CEBIT
Retarus takes over Communicate EDI Systems.
Launch of a new version of the Faxolution infrastructure offering optimal transactional security and virtually unlimited fax capacity.
1999 - Implementation of the Faxolution© infrastructure
2000 - Retarus Faxolution© is certified by SAP
2001 - Data center N° 2
Retarus takes over management of BITKOM’s fax Robinson list.
2002 - Retarus turns ten
2003 - Retarus WebExpress launched
WebExpress is a web-based tool that customers use to swiftly and reliably fax mailings, newsletters and corporate
information to large target groups.
2004 - Headquarters relocated to Munich
Retarus is given a bit of a makeover with the introduction of a new corporate design.
Retarus relocates from the Munich suburb of Höhenkirchen to Munich city center.
A significant expansion of the data centers.
2005 - Retarus EAS administration portal launched
Entry into the digital signature business with Retarus eSign.
2006 - Branch offices established in Switzerland, Italy and France
Retarus’ Swiss data center goes into operation.
2007 - Retarus is fax service provider N° 1
Retarus WebExpress relaunched so customers can send faxes, emails and SMS to large target groups.
2008 - Retarus counts on green energy
Retarus expands to Austria (Vienna) and Spain (Madrid)
We’re turning even greener… As of August 2008 Retarus only uses hydro-electricity to power all data centers and offices in Europe.
Retarus joins forces with RIPE NCC and Local Internet Registry. This entails a transfer to Provider Independent Addresses.
New horizons are explored as Retarus opens branch offices in Austria (Vienna) and Spain (Madrid).
2009 - retarus Inc. (U.S. headquarters) established
retarus, inc. is founded in the USA (New York).
In May Retarus moves to a new office space, – the “Criterion” building in Aschauer Straße 30, Munich – due to company growth the offices located at Neumarkter Straße were no longer able to accommodate the staff.
Retarus relocates their data center with no interruption of operations. The new data center’s air conditioning system uses geothermal heat pumps that run on green energy, underlining Retarus’ commitment to the environment.
Implementation of multihoming ensures that the Retarus infrastructure achieves optimal levels of availability.
2010 - Retarus expands to Dubai and Singapore
In its “Cool Vendors in Imaging and Print Services, 2010” report the IT research and consulting firm Gartner Inc. singles out Retarus as a Cool Vendor. Retarus receives the coveted accolade in the category “Imaging and Print Services” for its Faxolution for Exchange and SMS for Exchange services, which are based on Cloud computing technology.
2011 - Retarus goes to Australia and Great Britain
U.S. data centers launched in Ashburn (Virginia) and Chicago (Illinois).
Retarus France moves from Lyon to Paris.
2012 - Retarus named one of Bavaria’s Top 50
Retarus expands to Canada.
Unrivaled reliable SMS communication: Retarus uses multiple aggregators to ensure that 99% of business SMS are delivered to their intended recipient, no matter where they are in the world.
On December 2nd Retarus turns 20.
2013 - Europe's 500 award for Retarus
Retarus is changing its “Messaging Services” claim to “Global Messaging” in order to reflect the company’s local presence all over the world, irrespective of the customer’s size and industry and the systems they use. Retarus offers the world’s most comprehensive messaging portfolio which consists of email, fax, SMS and EDI services.
Formation of retarus (Asia) Pte. Ltd. in Singapore
Formation of retarus (Ibérica) S.L.U. in Madrid
2014 - Retarus awarded with PCI DSS certification
2015 - Retarus opens new data center in Frankfurt
The Retarus Group has continued its US expansion with the opening of a new site in Boston.
Retarus has immediately achieved inclusion in the quadrant “Product Challenger” for the category “E-Mail / Web / Collaboration Security” in the Security Vendor Benchmark 2016 process carried out by the Experton Group.
“Bayerns Best 50” award: Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs has once again honored Retarus for outstanding growth.
2016 - Swiss Made Service
Retarus complies with the international assurance standard ISAE 3402, which applies to internal control systems. All processes that impact on our financial statements were scrutinised by a reputable external auditing firm as part of a comprehensive audit.
2017 - 25 Years of Retarus
The product portfolio is significantly strengthened over the course of the year with features such as Postdelivery Protection and ATP for E-Mail Security, as well as a massively scalable innovation for E-Mail for Applications.
2018 - Partners, Politicians and Patents
Retarus expands its Email Security with Sandboxing and enters into a partnership with Palo Alto Networks. Lexmark and Retarus digital fax solutions for multifunction printers (MFPs) are now available worldwide.
Retarus’ new Global Service and Support Center in Erfurt is officially opened in the presence of Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee. The European Patent Office (EPO) grants Retarus the patent for its “Patient Zero Detection®”.
2019 - Founding of retarus (România) S.R.L.
At the end of November, Retarus founded a new local subsidiary in Romania and, at the same time, inaugurated its 15th corporate site, located in Timișoara. Many of the eleven employees of the new subsidiary have been working for numerous years for a local Retarus partner and will now become employees of the newly founded retarus (România) S.R.L. on December 1. Retarus will operate a Service Center for international customers of its Business Integration Services, as well as for development and quality assurance, at the new site in Timișoara.
2020 – Partners and the Pandemic
The year is marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being pandemic-related, it is an unproblematic shift to working from home and Retarus hires more new employees than ever before. The partnership business expands to include Eastern Europe and the Netherlands, with the branch in Singapore being joined by a second foothold in Asia— Thailand.
2021 – Continued Growth
Retarus opens another subsidiary in Portugal. The new location in Lisbon is home to mainly developers, who support the teams in Munich and Timișoara. And speaking of Romania… the subsidiary there moves into a new, more central office space and continues to grow. The company’s headquarters in Munich is renovated with stylish new furniture and a setup that reflects the “new normal” of working in the post-pandemic world.