ProMAX Announces New Network Archive Appliances and Demos New Platform Portable Workflow Servers

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promax2Santa Ana, CA —  ProMAX, the manufacturer of Platform workflow servers, high-performance ONE editing workstations, and network archive appliances, is announcing new ProMAX archive products with a customer upgrade trade-in promotion, and is presenting hands-on demonstrations of the new Platform Portable workflow server at BVExpo stand E 40 at Excel London February 24th -26th.

ProMAX has developed the ProMAX Pro-Cache and Power-Cache systems since acquiring Cache-A Corporation last summer. The new archive appliances feature significant technology upgrades and improvements delivering performance boosts for increased system speed, responsiveness and reliability. In alignment with its worldwide channel of reseller partners and distributors, ProMAX is offering a special trade-in promotion for existing Cache-A customers to upgrade to the new Pro-Cache and Power-Cache models, which both feature brand new chassis designs.

“As soon as Cache-A became a ProMAX product line, we took action to address the most urgent needs of customers,” notes Jess Hartmann, ProMAX CEO.

The New ProMAX Pro-Cache features a New Quad Core CPU with Turbo Boost to 3.1 GHz to increase system speed and responsiveness.  A new 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 New ProMAX Power-Cache also features the same upgrades of the new Quad Core CPU with Turbo Boost to 3.1GHz, the addition of a dedicated PCI SSD system disk, and performance boosts to OS and archive database operations to amplify the appliance’s speed, performance and reliability.  And the 10GbE network performance boost will also make the new Power-Cache up to 2x faster than previous systems. The Power-Cache which has been designed as an enterprise class device, has its own all new 2RU rack mount chassis 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 LTO6 or LTO5 drive.

Since introducing Platform Portable at IBC, ProMAX is now shipping the distinctive mobile workflow server that lets creative groups connect their existing drives and attached storage devices to transform them into a shared editing environment.  At BVExpo, ProMAX will put the Portable into action, with hands-on demonstrations showing how easy it is to connect drives and create a mobile shared storage environment. Portable’s workflow acceleration benefits are supported by the Platform software that includes Media Asset Management, Transcoding, Rendering and more.

Platform Portable’s unique capabilities present new opportunities for smaller workgroups to greatly improve their content creation processes. Designed for groups of up to 6 users, it’s the most affordable video optimized shared workflow solution that offers an accessible “bridge” in moving from attached storage into more robust shared storage. Portable can be configured with an optional, built-in 2TB SSD storage module featuring 2 x 1TB drives in RAID-0 for fast access to media. The Portable base configuration has an MSRP of around $5,995, before options for expanded network connectivity, transcoding, or onboard storage are added. There are no per seat licensing costs.

The Platform Portable answers the call for a truly mobile shared editing system that effortlessly travels from studio to locations and back. At 18” x 12” x 2.5” and 10.75 pounds, it’s lightweight and small enough to take by plane or car to any shoot location. With handles integrated into the chassis design and a shock absorbent, protective travel bag, it’s purpose built to withstand the demands of being transported to and performing in outdoor environments.

About ProMAX Systems 
ProMAX develops and manufactures award-winning workflow servers, storage systems, high-performance workstations and archive appliances for professional content creators around the world. The ProMAX Platform is a unique shared storage system designed to increase efficiency and improve the content creation process by managing multiple production processes such as transcoding, rendering, asset management, and archiving. Platform embraces an elegant user interface, powerful media asset management, transcoding, rendering and archive to enable highly connected workflows and deliver a superior collaborative production experience for video workgroups. ProMAX products are available through a worldwide channel of reseller partners and distributors. For more information, visit www.promax.com, follow @ProMAX Systems on Twitter, Facebook, and see more ProMAX happenings on Facebook and YouTube.

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