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ProMax intros Pro-Cache, Power-Cache archive appliances

Since acquiring Cache-A last summer, ProMax — makers of the Platform shared storage system and One editing workstations — have developed the ProMax Pro-Cache and Power-Cache systems. The new archive appliances feature technology upgrades and improvements offering 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.

Both models have new chassis designs and include new V4 software features. The Template Manager creates and manages scheduled backups, while the Incremental Archive automatically monitors target spaces for file changes and then updates the archive.

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

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

The 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 a performance boost to OS and archive database operations to amplify the appliance’s speed and performance. The 10GbE network performance boost will also make the new Power-Cache up to 2x faster than previous systems. The Power-Cache has its own all-new 2RU rackmount chassis, which has been designed as an enterprise class 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.

ProMax’s Platform server adds cross-platform After Effects rendering

Santa Ana, California — ProMax Systems, a manufacturer of shared storage servers and video editing workstations, has added another significant feature set to the Platform shared storage server line. This new functionality allows both Windows and Mac clients running Adobe After Effects to submit render jobs to the Platform.

This capability eliminates running time-consuming renders on workstations, freeing them to get back to creative tasks.  According to ProMax (www.promax.com), the Platform servers are currently the only shared storage systems on the market that offer this cross-platform, After Effects rendering functionality.

Platform’s universal After Effects rendering capabilities will resonate with post facilities and creative agencies of all sizes that use the strengths of both Windows and Mac systems. The Platform AE Render tool not only leverages Platform’s high-performance CPU advantages but it also enables offloading rendering tasks from individual workstations to the Platform server’s powerful GPUs (via Platform’s expandable capability to add GPU cards). The Platform AE Render features are available now, and are included as part of the latest Platform Series models without additional cost.

Using Platform’s own management software, system administrators designate a Platform Space as an Adobe After Effects render location. Mac or Windows users connected to the Platform, with access to that space, can submit their render jobs to that location.  The Platform system watches the designated Platform Space for render submissions and manages the remote submission through the Platform’s After Effects render node software.