ProMAX’s Platform Portable Workflow Server, Pro-Cache and Power-Cache Archive Appliances


Mobile workflow server and network archive appliances

Last Updated: April 16, 2015 6:30 pm GMT
(April 16, 2015) ProMAX Systems,Inc. demonstrated the Platform Portable mobile workflow server as well as the next generation of Pro-Cache and Power-Cache network archive appliances at the NAB Show.

Platform Portable
Initially announced at IBC in Amsterdam 2014, Platform Portable distinctively allows creative groups to connect their existing locally attached storage devices and transform them into a simple, yet sophisticated shared editing environment. ProMAX has established an entirely product category with the Platform Portable that turns existing drives into shared storage and accelerates the efficiency of video production and post-production workflows both in studio and on location.

Platform Portable is cross-platform compatible (OSX, Windows, Linux) and supports all common attached storage interfaces including Thunderbolt, USB, FireWire, SAS and eSATA. Portable also reads all common file systems including, HFS+, FAT32 and NTFS. It can connect clients up to 5 x 1GbE or 2 x 10GbE ports, copper or fiber. Storage expansion ports include 2 x Thunderbolt 2.0, 8 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x FireWire 800, 1 x FireWire 400, 2 x eSATA and an optional SAS controller.

"Platform Portable enables workgroups to share any content, from any device, in any format, with any user in the group, anywhere they choose to take it," summarizes Jess Hartmann, CEO, ProMAX. "We have had an overwhelming response from the community about this product and are excited about what it offers our clients."

As affordable shared storage solution for smaller video workgroups, Platform Portable offers an accessible 'bridge' in moving from attached storage into more robust shared workflows. Portable can be configured with an optional, built-in 2TB SSD storage module featuring 2x1TB drives in RAID-0 for fast access to media, and supports up to 20 simultaneous ProRes streams. The Portable base configuration has an MSRP of around $5,995, before options for expanded network connectivity, transcoding, or onboard storage are added and there are no per seat licensing costs. Portable is available in X and Y models with the more powerful Y model featuring an onboard transcode engine with proxy generation to further increase the efficiency of digital workflows.

Pro-Cache systems

Archiving appliances
Since acquiring Cache-A Corporation in July of 2014, ProMAX has taken its first step in releasing a significant update to its archiving appliance lineup. The Pro-Cache and Power-Cache products have been redesigned from the ground up to improve the speed and reliability of archiving to LTO tape.

The Pro-Cache features a quad core CPU with Turbo Boost to 3.1GHz to increase system speed and responsiveness. A dedicated PCI SSD system disk provides reliability and a massive performance boost to OS and archive database operations (up to 4x faster than previous systems). The Pro-Cache's expanded network connectivity includes 4 x 1GbE network controllers accompanied by a 10GbE network performance boost that makes it up to 2x faster than previous systems. The redesigned chassis is more robust and serviceable and features an all new component cooling system to complement the appliance's upgraded power supply.

The Power-Cache features a quad core CPU with Turbo Boost to 3.1GHz, and the addition of a dedicated PCI SSD system disk, and performance boost to OS and archive database operations to amplify the appliance's speed, performance and reliability. And the 10GbE network performance boost will make the Power-Cache up to 2x faster than previous systems. It has its own all 2RU rack mount chassis, which has been designed as an enterprise device and features a new cooling system, upgraded component cabling and dual redundant power supplies. The system's onboard RAID is now up to 16TB with room for an optional onboard LTO-6 or LTO-5 drive.


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