Primera Announces OptiVault Archival Appliance

New device performs fast, easy, and affordable backup and recovery of e-mails and other critical data

PLYMOUTH, MN, USA (November 1, 2005) -- Primera Technology, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of CD/DVD duplication and printing equipment, today announced its OptiVault Archival Appliance.

OptiVault is an automated, robotically-controlled appliance that backs up and recovers e-mail and other critical data onto robust and affordable optical media. The device operates unobtrusively in the background of Microsoft-based servers. It backs up and easily recovers a wide range of critical data, including all e-mails sent, received, and deleted, including attachments.

Because OptiVault uses non-erasable, non-rewritable DVD optical media that can be stored off-site, it provides true WORM (write once read many) compliance. This specification is critical for publicly held corporations, health care, brokerage, financial institutions, and others required to meet the strict e-mail, data, and document retention requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC 17-a, and HIPPA, as well as other government standards for record retention.

Fast and Easy Deployment

OptiVault is designed for use in a wide range of environments that may already be using a variety of primary backup methods such as tape, disc-to-disc or RAID. It interfaces to the server(s) through a single high-speed USB 2.0 port and can be optionally rack mounted in a 19" 4U configuration.

During the backup sequence, discs are automatically loaded into OptiVault's built-in, high-speed recorder. Then, each member of the backup set is printed direct-to-disc with serialization and other identifying information for fast and easy cataloguing and retrieval. Files for backup and archival can be sourced not only from the server, but also from networked client computers running Windows®, Mac® OS, Linux®, Solaris® and Netware.

The lockable front panel door keeps the media and robotics safe and secure. Two integrated blue LED light clusters illuminate the interior of the unit.

Powered by EMC Dantz Retrospect® Software Included with OptiVault is EMC Dantz Restrospect, Single Server Edition with Restrospect Agent for Exchange. This award-winning software installs on any Windows® XP/2000 PC or Windows 2000/2003 Server and provides fully-automated, hands-free backup and recovery. Using patented Progressive Backup technology, Restrospect backs up only one copy of any targeted file, even if it appears in multiple user mailboxes or directories. This not only saves space on the backup media, but makes recovery faster and more efficient.

Optional software agents are available for backup of SQL, open files, and disaster recovery. The Disaster Recovery Agent recovers servers to the most recent system state down to the "bare-metal" level, saving time and effort in true disaster recovery situations.

"We are pleased that Primera has selected EMC Dantz Retrospect backup and recovery software to power its innovative backup and archive solution," said Larry Zulch, Vice President and General Manager, EMC Dantz. "Combining Primera's industry-leading robotics, burning, and printing technology with EMC's award-winning Retrospect software, provides a compelling all-in-one solution at a very affordable price."

Archival-Grade Optical Media

For use with OptiVault, Primera offers a new high-quality, printable surface DVD called TuffCoatTM Archival Media. TuffCoat Archival Media has a 50+ year data life, extremely low error rates and a far lower cost per GB than virtually all tape-based solutions.

Pricing and Availability

The OptiVault Archival Appliance is priced at US$3495 MSRP. The optional Rack Mount Kit is US$99.95. The OptiVault Archival Appliance is available immediately from Primera's authorized resellers and distributors in more than 80 countries.

About Primera Technology

Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, Primera Technology, Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of CD/DVD duplication and printing equipment. Primera is known for its Composer® line of CD/DVD duplicators, Signature® line of CD/DVD printers and the world's best-selling Bravo(TM) II and BravoPro(TM) Disc Publishers.

More information about Primera, its history, and products is available on the Internet at or by calling 1-800-797-2772 (USA and Canada). Outside of the USA and Canada, call (763) 475-6676 or FAX (763) 475-6677. E-mail to In Europe and Scandinavia, contact Primera EUROPE in Germany by phone at +49-(0) 611-92777-0, by FAX at +49-(0) 611-92777-50 or by e-mail at