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Antoine Berthier

Business has used electronic archiving for many years now, first of all for solutions for email then for file servers and SharePoint .These solutions suit economic archiving (for reducing volume), legacy archiving (content management) and also legal archiving when the need arises.

However, in certain jobs, putting something into the archive takes on its original meaning: organised classification of documents which can be consulted if required but with the principal aim of conservation.

Oparchiv’, based on the Exabuilder system is a scaled down version of traditional solutions and is modified to the constraints and specifics of certain demands.

Simple to use, Oparchiv’ constructs a library of archived documents, available on demand and conserved on all types of storage media. It allows items to be moved and reclassified in permanent formats (TAR).

An inexpensive solution, Oparchiv’ targets large volumes of documents (10To sections) which make up the industrial and intellectual property of your company.

Optrium promotes this system as a straightforward, easily organised archive responsive to large volumes of data which will meet all your basic retention requirements.

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Oparchiv', the new archiving solution from Optrium, is based on software developed by the editor Exabuilder.

Patrick Foster, Director of Exabuilder, tells us about the solution and its key assets. Interview.


OPTRIUM : What is your vision of archiving?

Patrick Foster : Digital archiving requirements have grown considerably over recent years with the widespread increase in volume of data. Originally, the main objective of the archive was to organise and preserve data so as to render it accessible and usable in the long term. With increased volumes, a new need arose, that of optimising storage infrastructure costs by migrating legacy data through an archiving system. Exabuilder was developed to provide a single response to this dual requirement.

Our partner Optrium, with its understanding of archiving requirements and solutions has decided to launch this brand new product, Oparchiv’, based on Exabuilder, to make this scalable and structured archiving system available for large volumes of data.

OP : What are the specifics and strengths of Oparchiv’?

PF : The main function of Oparchiv’ is to manage the long term preservation of digital documents by organising them in a system best suited to your company, for example by project, business area or service.

When considering long term retention, Oparchiv' offers more than simple data storage for a set time, it can guarantee integrity of data and organize life cycle management; for example automated management of retention times, automatic and regular checks of the integrity of archived files, choice of the number of copies preserved on each backup...

In addition Oparchiv' focuses on ways to find the data later, as and when necessary. In fact the archives are organised in logical repositories; the user can add metadata to the archives, as you would attach a label on a file in physical archiving.


In reality this metadata ranges from a simple file name to a complete indexing of the contents of the file. Oparchiv' also incorporates a search engine so documents can be found easily.

Another advantage of this system is the simplicity of management of storage media, both in terms of scalability or integration of new technology. Adding storage capacity or migrating archives to new media can be achieved with a few clicks; this is totally transparent for the user. In addition, Oparchiv' allows the client to store part of his data in the Cloud if desired.

Finally, let me be quite clear that this solution is financially extremely competitive for the volume of data which is dealt with.

OP : Who is this product for?

PF : Oparchiv' is aimed at companies and organizations who want a simple, complete and scalable archiving product, which organises long-term data retention in a way that is as near as possible to the way in which current data is organised within the company. This can be company legacy data (technical or scientific data, images, video, etc.) or administrative data with legal value. The range of volume of data held by our clients varies from just a few teraoctets to several petaoctets.

OP : How is the system installed?

PF : The Oparchiv’ system runs on standard hardware (server, peripheral storage) and can use resources from both internal (disk/tape) and external (cloud) storage. It is extremely easy and quick to implement. A day is usually sufficient for complete product installation and for training administrators to enable them to create archive repositories, to set up storage strategies, to organise indexing and life cycle management. A user can get started in just a few minutes.

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Optrium proposes Oparchiv’ for you today; this is based on the Exabuilder system and has been specifically developed to organise your archiving whether that involves a few teraoctets or several dozen petaoctets.


  1. Data is organised within a structured archive. Files which should be kept together are put in non-editable archives which are held in repositories. This gives the customer a perfect combination of archiving and organisation and a simple sharing of data in the long term.

  2. Direct access to the archive via a search engine: users can search by key words which link to the archive metadata, from simply the name of the archived file to its content, using descriptive metadata selected during archiving.

  3. Simple to use: archiving, search and extraction operations are done with just a few clicks through a web browser.


Integrity: creation of multi-filed WORM archives, integrity control through SHA-512 checks on the archives and its files.

Organization and data sharing:Organization in repositories and groups of repositories on as many levels as necessary. Customised management of access rights so that data can be shared simply, quickly and securely.

Automated life cycle management:policy-based retention or expiration times, possibility of activating automatic destruction of the archives at the end of their life cycle.

Traceability: full traceability of data access (who, when, what, how), real time tracking of activity with possible intervention on work in progress.


Use of all types of storage media: disk (DAS, NAS, SAN), tape, Cloud.

Sustainability: written in standard TAR format, data replication on site or in the Cloud, possible use of permanent storage media, periodic verification of the integrity of the data, automated migration management.

Scalability: scalable to large volumes and numbers of files, high performance data transfers.

API integration: Oparchiv’ can be integrated as an archive engine, by software editors, hosts and service companies wishing to enhance their own software products with an archiving function embedded in the application they are developing.


Scalability: Scalability refers to the ability of a product to adapt to a change in volume (surge in demand), in particular its ability to maintain its functionality and performance in the event of high demand.
WORM archive: Write Once Read Many (WORM) is a technique associated with some non-erasable storage media. These media allow data to be written but not deleted. It is therefore possible to write once (Write Once) and read as many times as desired (Read Many) without ever being able to physically erase the written data.
TAR : A tar program (derived from tape archive) is a standard file archiving software system. It was created in the early days of UNIX and standardized by POSIX.1 - 1988 and POSIX.1 - 2001.

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