ProMAX: Creative Storage & Workflow Solutions

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About ProMAX Systems:

"ProMAX has served creative media organisations for over 20 years with products that solve the unique needs of this industry. We build high powered shared storage devices and workflow servers that improve the efficiency of the content creation process from ingest to archive."

ProMAX Systems Platform Storage Servers for Network Attached Storage, Asset Management, Archive and Workflow Acceleration.

ProMAX Platform™ Integrated Workflow Servers

"Each component of the Platform System demonstrates superior stand-alone value for media creators; Advanced Shared Storage, Intuitive Asset Management and Searchable Archiving. Yet when used together, these three components create a synergistic ecosystem increasing collaboration and efficiency of content creation teams." - More on the Platform Family

All ProMAX Platform Series Servers are fully integrated workflow solutions delivering not just simple, network storage, but a collection of tools deigned to secure your digital assets and accelerate your content creation workflows. How do you share projects and files with your team? Can you find files when you need them? How do you archive and retrieve old footage? ProMAX Platform has the answer.

ProMAX Platform is the collaborative foundation for media creation. Platform Advanced Shared Storage provides Extreme Performance, Scale-ability and Secure Reliable Operation allowing you to team to edit directly from the shared storage.

ProMAX Platform has intuitive built in Media Asset Management that makes it easy to find, tag and share your assets. There is no need for 3rd party software or complex integrations.

ProMAX Platform fully integrated LTO backup and archive system provides users with simple and comprehensive capabilities to offload and retrieve footage on tape.

ProMAX Platform Online

Faster Workflows, Better Creative

Supercharging your creative workflows, Platform Online gives video professionals the most powerful server in the industry, with storage performance for 4K & beyond, and huge CPU power to offload processor intensive tasks.

Easily Scale Storage Capacity, Users and Performance

Scale Storage – Platform Online can support up to 96TB per server (in just 3RU of rack space) and up to 384TB per node, with flexibility to expand to multiple petabytes in a multi-node architecture.

Scale Users – Users can connect to Platform either directly or through a switch using 1GbE or 10GbE over copper or fiber infrastructure. There is no limit to the number of users that may connect and no per user license fees.

Scale Performance – Platform’s scale-out architecture increases video streaming performance in parallel with expanding storage capacity.

ProMAX Platform Online SSD

Ultimate Performance, No Compromise

The ultimate in streaming performance, Platform Online SSD offers true 4K+ Image Sequence streaming to multiple Finishing Workstations without Compromise.

Platform Online SSD utilises today’s fastest storage technology to remove traditional shared storage boundaries finally giving colourists and finishing artists the ability to collaborate on projects together.

The Platform Online SSD series specifically addresses the needs of very high-end post and finishing houses that require massive performance. Built and tested for streaming Image Sequences, the Online SSD system can deliver up to four streams (4) of 4K DPX to finishing workstations using Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve per unit.

With three different models to choose from, Platform Online SSD has the breadth of capabilities to handle the most demanding finishing workflows. From the Online 1000 SSD with 32TB of capacity and boasting 1.6 Gigabytes of streaming performance to the Online 2000 SSD with 64TB space and an amazing 3.2 Gigabytes of streaming performance, these systems will scale up in capacity and performance as required. And with built in ingest, transcoding, rendering, asset management and tape archiving, the Platform Online Series is more than just shared storage, it’s a complete workflow server.

ProMAX Platform Nearline Series

Scale Storage Capacity & Protect Your Data

The ProMAX Platform Nearline Series is a high capacity, cost effective storage server that delivers a high level of data protection while providing easy access to projects and content that are not yet ready to be archived. It is extremely effective as a backup location or to augment the overall capacity of your storage network. Paired with Platform Online systems, Nearline Series can take advantage of the Media Management features in Platform software for ultra-high speed data transfers. It also integrates easily with other existing Tier 1 SAN or NAS systems.

Platform Nearline features 36 hard drive bays in a single 4RU server, with a max total capacity of 288TB. This storage can be expanded up to 864TB per node or to multiple petabytes across additional nodes.

By utilising built-in media management features, Platform Nearline is able to transfer data from other 10GbE connected servers on the network at fast speeds. This makes it extremely effective as a Tier 2 backup device or a staging area for archive operations.

Platform Nearline Series features multiple layers of redundancy for maximum up-time, reliability and data protection. SSD system drives are mirrored for fail-over and all chassis feature dual redundant power supplies. Primary storage groups are protected by a multi-RAID-60 architecture.

ProMAX Platform Studio Series

Shared Storage and So Much More!

The ProMAX Platform Studio Series is a High-Performance Workflow Server, designed for video professionals to accelerate and improve their content creation process. It features powerful shared storage that is optimised for video work-groups using Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, Apple’s Final Cut Pro and other creative software applications. Platform scales easily for work-groups of all sizes, is simple to deploy, and integrates seamlessly with existing IT infrastructure.

What sets Platform apart from other storage systems is its ability to accelerate content creation. Platform Servers manage multiple production processes including media asset management, transcoding, and rendering that would typically be executed on individual workstations. Because Platform has direct access to the media it can accomplish these operations more efficiently, meaning you’ll finish projects faster and deliver better results for your customers.

EXTENSIVE OPTIONS FOR DIRECT INGEST AND DATA TRANSFERS

Platform Studio Servers feature an extensive list of I/O ports for easy data transfers including Thunderbolt 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, FireWire 800 & 400.In addition the built-in Card Reader enables data transfers direct from camera to shared storage with support for CF, SD, SDHC, microSD, MMC and xD-Picture Cards.

BACKUP OR ARCHIVE DIRECT TO LTO, MEDIA ASSET MANAGEMENT, TRANSCODE ENGINE,

Platform Studio can be configured with an optional built-in LTO drive for easy backup and archiving. With these capabilities built directly into the system, media administrators can easily protect, deliver and manage their digital assets by copying to LTO tape. Platform supports full and incremental backup as well as full MD5 checksum archiving and uses industry standard formats like LTFS and tar. And with the ability to generate and view proxies of archived assets, users save significant time managing media assets.

Get organised and find your files faster. Indexing, search, custom metadata tagging, proxy generation and preview are all built-in to Platform and require no additional license fees. Learn More about Project Based Media Asset Management.

Platform Servers feature a built-in transcode engine that can be upgraded to process up to 24 simultaneous transcodes. This enables creative groups to offload time consuming file conversions from their workstations. Create custom transcode workflows to convert media at ingest or for delivery with support for multiple formats.

ProMAX Platform Portable Series

TURN YOUR HARD DRIVES INTO SHARED STORAGE

The ProMAX Platform Portable is a unique mobile server that allows creative groups to connect their existing attached storage devices and transform them into a simple but sophisticated shared editing environment. Content from the attached drives can be shared out to the workgroup over video optimised 1GbE and 10GbE connections using the ProMAX Platform Software. Storage devices can be connected to the server via Thunderbolt, USB, eSATA, FireWire and SAS, and all common file systems including Apple HFS+, FAT32 and NTFS are supported.

ProMAX Systems Platform Portable Connect and Share

TURN EXISTING HARD DRIVES INTO SHARED STORAGE

Connect existing storage devices and share content to the workgroup over video optimised 1GbE and 10GbE connections. Platform Portable delivers high quality video streaming performance for consistent online editing with Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer.

 

SUPPORT FOR MULTIPLE DEVICES AND FILE FORMATS

Storage devices can be attached via Thunderbolt, USB, eSATA, FireWire and SAS, and all common file systems including Apple HFS+, FAT32 and NTFS are supported.

 

CATALOGUE & SEARCH YOUR MEDIA

Media across all drives can be indexed by the server and files catalogued for easy searching regardless of whether the drives are online or offline. Custom tags can be added to existing metadata to further define searches.

 

PROXY PREVIEWS

Low-Res Proxy files can be automatically generated for all catalogued media. Preview clips in full screen mode before adding them to projects.

 

BACKUP AND ARCHIVE

With LTO backup and Archiving capabilities built directly into the system, media administrators can easily protect, deliver and manage their digital assets by copying to LTO tape. And with the ability to generate and view proxies of archived assets, users save significant time managing media assets.

 

SSD RAID

Platform Portable servers feature a built-in 500GB or 2TB SSD RAID-0 for fast access to media.

 

READY TO TRAVEL

Platform Portable is built tough to perform on location and features a rugged steel construction with anti-static padding. It is lightweight and small enough to fit easily into airline overhead bins and each server comes with its own custom travel bag.

ProMAX Platform Pro-Cache

Extending the capabilities of the original Cache-A Archiving appliances, the Platform Pro-Cache takes network archiving to a new level of efficiency.

NETWORK BACKUP AND ARCHIVE

Extending the capabilities of the original Cache-A Archiving appliances, the Platform Pro-Cache takes network archiving to a new level of efficiency. Boasting industry standard capabilities including Full and Incremental Backups, recurring jobs, tar, LTFS and ability to read existing Cache-A tapes, The Pro-Cache starts where the prior version left off. However, with a full searchable catalogue of every file copied to tape, custom metadata management, proxy generation before archives and the ability to view proxies on archived assets, the new Pro-Cache takes LTO to a new level of efficiency.

A “CACHE” FOR ARCHIVING

By connecting directly to the Pro-Cache or connecting it to a network switch, any user or device can push files to the Pro-Cache RAID for backup or archiving. Tape copies can happen on a recurring schedule or on demand as your workflow requires.

Archive and Backup

Platform Pro-Cache handles all your tape LTO needs including full backups, incremental backups and archiving to tape.

Complete Catalogue of Files

Each file written with the Platform Pro-Cache is recorded to the integrated catalogue. This along with the file metadata allows administrators to easily search the catalogue for copies of assets on tape.

Proxy Generation

All Platforms including the Pro-Cache can generate proxy files of media assets before they are copied to tape.

Industry Standard Formats

Providing the option of both LTFS and tar formats, the Pro-Cache writes to LTO in industry standard formats so you have confidence that no matter what happens your files can be retrieved.

Support for Multiple Drives or Library

Platform Pro-Cache can manage multiple single LTO drives to up to a 24 Bay LTO library with multiple automation drives.

A Full Workflow Server

Although the Platform Pro-Cache is perfect as a network backup and archive appliance, it has the same rich interface and features of all the Platform Systems.


ProMAX Platform Model Comparison & Specification Tables

Platform OnlinePlatform Online SSDPlatform NearlinePlatform StudioPlatform PortablePlatform Pro-Cache
Platform Online Comparison Chart
ONLINE 1000 ONLINE 1500 ONLINE 2000 ONLINE 2500
BEST FOR Small to Midsized workgroups doing HD & Light 4K work Small to Midsized workgroups doing HD & 4K work Ultimate power and expandability for small to large workgroups doing HD, 4K & Beyond Ultimate power and expandability for small to large workgroups doing HD, 4K & Beyond
COMPATIBILITY
Direct Edit with: Avid Media Composer, ProTools, FCP 7, FCP 10 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adobe Creative Cloud, Blackmagic Resolve, + many others Yes Yes Yes Yes
STORAGE CAPACITY
Drive Bays 8 12 16 24
Max TB per Chassis 64TB 96TB 128TB 192TB
Max Add on Expansion Chassis per Node 1 1 3 3
Max TB per Node (Raw) 192TB 224TB 512TB 576TB
Max Expansion Nodes 4 4 10 10
USER CONNECTIVITY
Max 1GbE Direct connections 9 9 14 14
Max 10GbE Direct Connections 12 12 12 12
With Switch Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
STREAMING SPEEDS
1080 Streams (ProRes 422, DNx115) 28 38 52 65
4K Streams (ProRes 422, DNx115) 10 13 18 23
MB/Sec Verified thru network ports to clients 650 900 1200 1500
CONNECTIVITY (ATTACHED STORAGE)
Thunderbolt Yes Yes Yes Yes
USB 3.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Firewire (400, 800) Yes Yes Opt Opt
eSata Opt Opt
Fibre Channel Opt Opt Opt Opt
SAS Yes Yes Yes Yes
PROCESSING POWER
CPU Cores (Speed) 6 (3.7GHz) 6 (3.7GHz) 20 (2.2GHz) 20 (2.2GHz)
Upgrade N/A N/A 20 (3.5 GHz) 20 (3.5 GHz)
BASE RAM 16GB 16GB 32GB 32GB
OPTIONS
Drive Swap Included Included No No
Internal LTO Optional Optional External External
Card Reader Optional Optional No No
(4) 1TB SSD RAID Optional Optional No No
Platform Online SSD Comparison Chart
ONLINE 1000 SSD ONLINE 1500 SSD ONLINE 2000 SSD
BEST FOR Small Workgroups focused on Frame Based Media Finishing Medium Sized Workgroups focused on Frame Based Media Finishing Large Workgroups focused on Frame Based Media Finishing
COMPATIBILITY
Direct Edit with: Avid Media Composer, ProTools, FCP 7, FCP 10 Yes Yes Yes
Adobe Creative Cloud, Blackmagic Resolve, + many others Yes Yes Yes
STORAGE CAPACITY
Drive Bays 8 12 16
Max TB per Chassis 32TB 48TB 64TB
USER CONNECTIVITY
Max 1GbE Direct connections 9 9 14
Max 10GbE Direct Connections 12 12 12
With Switch Not Recommended Not Recommended Not Recommended
STREAMING SPEEDS
DPX 4K 10 Bit 24P 2 3 4
CRI 12BIT 24P 3 4 5
ProRes 4444 SQ 4K 24P 7 11 15
MB/Sec Verified thru network ports to clients 1,600 2,400 3,200
CONNECTIVITY (ATTACHED STORAGE)
Thunderbolt Yes Yes Yes
USB 3.0 Yes Yes Yes
USB 3.1 Yes Yes No
Firewire (400, 800) Opt Opt Opt
eSata Opt Opt Opt
Fibre Channel Opt Opt Opt
SAS Yes Yes Yes
PROCESSING POWER
CPU Cores (Speed) 6 (3.7GHz) 6 (3.7GHz) 24 (2.2GHz)
Upgrade N/A N/A 20 (3.5 GHz)
BASE RAM 16GB 16GB 32GB
OPTIONS
Internal LTO Optional Optional External
Card Reader Optional Optional No
(4) slot SSD RAID Optional Optional No
Platform Nearline Technical Specifications
SYSTEM NEARLINE 7000
Processors Dual Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3
2.40 GHz Processors
Total Cores [Logical CPUs] 16
Base RAM 16GB
System Drives Dual 120 GB SSDs [Configured as RAID-1]
Power Supply Dual 1200W
I/O
Storage Expansion Ports 6 x USB 2.0
Optional FireWire
Optional Fibre Channel
Optional SAS
Video Out DVI
Capacity 96TB-288TB
NETWORK & CONNECTIVITY
Network 2 x 1GbE LAN Controllers
Optional Client Connectivity 2 Port 10GbE Fiber / Copper
ARCHIVE
Max Tape Drives Supported 4
Proxy Gen before Archive Yes
Rackmount 2 LTO6-LTO7 Yes
24 Tape Library LTO6-LTO7 Yes
48 Tape Library LTO6-LTO7 Yes
80-240 Tape Library LTO6-LTO7 No
PHYSICAL
Dimensions L (29″) x W (19″) x H (7″)
Weight [Without Drives] 65lbs
Rack Space 4RU
Accessories Included Universal Rack Kit
ENVIRONMENTAL
Ambient Operating Temperature 5°C (41°F) ~ 30°C (86°F)
Max Power Draw 10A @ 3400BTU/hr
Platform Studio Technical Specifications
SYSTEM STUDIO 800
Processors Intel i7-6700K
4.0 GHz Processor
Total Cores [Logical CPUs] 4
Base RAM 16GB
System Drives 120GB SSD
Power Supply 550W
I/O
Storage Expansion Ports 1 x Thunderbolt 3.0
8 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
2 x FireWire 800
2 x FireWire 400
Video Out HDMI (w/DVI Adapter)
NETWORK & CONNECTIVITY
Network 2 x 1GbE LAN Controllers
Optional Client Connectivity 2,4 Port 1GbE Copper
2,4,6 Port 10GbE Fiber
2,4 Port 10GbE Copper
ARCHIVE
Max Tape Drives Supported 2
Proxy Gen before Archive Yes
Internal LTO6-LTO7 Yes
External Sidecar LTO6-LTO7 Yes
Rackmount 2 LTO6-LTO7 Yes
24 Tape Library LTO6-LTO7 Yes
PHYSICAL
Dimensions L (16″) x W (13.39″) x H (13.39″)
Weight [Without Drives] 35lbs
Rack Space 4RU
Accessories Included HDMI to DVI Adapter
ENVIRONMENTAL
Ambient Operating Temperature 5°C (41°F) ~ 35°C (95°F)
Max Power Draw 5A @ 900BTU/hr
Platform Portable Technical Specifications
SYSTEM PORTABLE 100
Processors Intel i7-6700K
4.0 GHz Processor
Total Cores [Logical CPUs] 4
Base RAM 16GB
System Drives Intel 530 80GB Internal SSD
Power Supply 250W
I/O
Storage Expansion Ports 1 x Thunderbolt 3.0
8 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
2 x eSATA
2 x FireWire 800
2 x FireWire 400
Optional SAS
Video Out HDMI (w/DVI Adapter), Mini DP, DP
NETWORK & CONNECTIVITY
Network 2 x 1GbE LAN Controllers
Optional Client Connectivity 2,4 Port 1GbE Copper
2,4,6 Port 10GbE Fiber
2,4 Port 10GbE Copper
ARCHIVE
Max Tape Drives Supported 2
Proxy Gen before Archive Yes
External Sidecar LTO6-LTO7 Yes
Rackmount 2 LTO6-LTO7 Yes
PHYSICAL
Dimensions L (12.3″) x W (18.4″) x H (2.93″)
Weight [Without Drives] 11lbs
Rack Space 4RU
Accessories Included Padded Carrying Case
HDMI to DVI Adapter
Rack Mount Kit
ENVIRONMENTAL
Ambient Operating Temperature 5°C (41°F) ~ 35°C (95°F)
Max Power Draw 5A @ 850BTU/hr
Platform Pro-Cache 50 Technical Specifications
SYSTEM Platform Pro-Cache 50
Processors Xeon D1521 CPU 2.40GHz
Total Cores [Logical CPUs] 4
Base RAM 16GB
System Drives 120GB MSata SSD
Power Supply 250W
I/O
Storage Expansion Ports 2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
1 x eSATA
1 x SAS (external Tape Drive)
Video Out HDMI, DP
NETWORK & CONNECTIVITY
Network 2 x 10GbE LAN Controllers
Optional Client Connectivity 2 Port 10GbE Fiber
2 Port 10GbE Copper
INTERNAL STORAGE
Disk Cache 10TB RAID 1
ARCHIVE
Max Tape Drives Supported 2
Proxy Gen before Archive Yes
External Sidecar LTO6-LTO7 Yes
Rackmount 2 LTO6-LTO7 Yes
24 Tape Library LTO6-LTO7 Yes
PHYSICAL
Dimensions L (16.2″) x W (8.5″) x H (5.25″)
Weight 20lbs
Rack Space 4RU
ENVIRONMENTAL
Ambient Operating Temperature 5°C (41°F) ~ 35°C (95°F)
Max Power Draw 300w Max, 2.75 AMPS
1000 BTU/h
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