Frequently Asked Questions

OpenArchive is an achiving software which manages milions of files on standard hardware like FC or SCSI disksystems and / or LTO based tape libraries from any vendor. OA supports a full tiered storage concept consiting of performance disks ( f.e SAN ), archive disks ( f.e. SATA ) and tape.

OpenArchive was specially developed for the archiving of data-intensive applications such as SAP R/3, DMS, CAD, digital-image processing and BackOffice, as well as for applications in the audio/video and preprint fields.

OpenArchive software makes available an extensive set of policies which facilitate the efficient and automated archiving and retrieval of data. This software makes it possible to set up logical partitions so that each application or each user can have their own partition with its own set of policies and its own storage resources, which consist of disk and/or tape.
  • Intel processor(s) x86 32 bit
  • 512 MB to 4 GB main memory
  • Space required on the disks:
  • 12 GB for the basic installation
  • 1 additional disk for the transfer buffer (twice the size of the largest file)
  • capacity for the data that needs to be archived
  • optional: tape library

The transfer buffer (disk buffer) serves as an interim buffer for data traffic between the archival file system on the one hand and the disk and archive media on the other hand.
The following Linux distributions support Version 3.7.x:
  •     SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (SLES11)
ext3 with LVM (Logical Volume Manager): also refer to “Best Practice”!
All “OpenArchive” disks must be administrated with the Logical Volume Manager.
OpenArchive supports all disk systems and LTO tape libraries of all generations up to LTO5.
No, because the software is designed for archival purposes only.
Technical support can be arranged by signing a Maintenance and Support contract .
The utmost security can be achieved by creating several copies on different data-storage media or storage pools. Furthermore, “OpenArchive” has various internal backup mechanisms and checks for data inconsistencies to facilitate the recovery of all data in the event of a disaster.
  • At least two pools per archive partition (= two copies) to avoid loss of data.
  • When using tapes, the transfer buffer must have at least the same size as the media (otherwise media duplication is not possible).
  • For reasons of performance, the transfer buffer should be installed on an ext file system and without LVM (Logical Volume Manager).
Yes, uninstalling the software could be done without any problems. After OpenArchive has been erased, previously archived files can no longer be accessed.
ArchiveManager, i.e. the commercial variant of this software, is currently being used by more than 160 customers around the world. You can find a selection from the list of customers here.