Archive to the Cloud

Cloud storage is a cost-effective and flexible alternative for businesses, saving hardware and administration cost. Plus, it grows with your requirements - additional TBs of storage space are easily added.

Archiware P5 version 5.4 now offers "Cloud Storage" as an option for the archive target, the third option next to the existing disk and tape targets (see screenshot below). Simply chose the new target when setting up your Archive plan.

In the P5 Archive Overview, the use of available cloud storage (according to the license) is shown for better insight (see screenshot below).

To use cloud storage as an archive target, a P5 Archive Cloud Enabler license is required. Once this license is registered, the option to configure cloud services is activated in the user interface. Archiware P5 version 5.4 supports Amazon S3 cloud services only. In future versions, more cloud services and providers will be added continously.

 The Cloud integration is currently only available for Mac. Other platforms will be added in future versions.

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Cloud storage as target option and cloud storage usage

Preview Creation using FFmpeg & ImageMagick

To give users more options when creating proxy videos or image previews, Archiware P5 version 5.4 now offers a direct integration with FFmpeg and ImageMagick. It is now easy to create low-resolution, full-length previews for video: simply select resolution and data rate for video and audio (or resolution for images).

The configuration of both tools can now be done within the settings of P5 Archive, no scripting required.

For increased browser compatibilty and performance, the display method for previews has been changed to HTML5.

Screenshot FFmpeg ImageMagick

Configuration examples for FFmpeg and ImageMagick

Synology NAS integration (as of 5.3.3)

From Version 5.3.3, Archiware P5 supports Synology NAS devices without restrictions. Data from Synology devices is stored in a platform neutral format including user authorisations - identical to all other supported platforms.

Synology NAS can serve as a data source or target for P5 Synchronize, P5 Backup and P5 Archive. The Archiware P5 application can now be installed on the Synology NAS itself.

Thanks to the snapshot capability of the DSM platform, powerful enterprise Synology NAS devices can also be used as repository for Backup2Go. This setup opens the possibility of introducing a professional data security solution at an affordable price point.

Find the new installation package for Synology NAS devices on the Download page. There is also a step-by-step installation guide with a few tips in this blog post.

Restore links / Source selection in P5 Archive

To support co-operative workflows, P5 Archive now offers the possibility to send a link to an asset via e-mail. The recipient just clicks the link to watch the preview, view and edit metadata, restore or simply approve the choice of video for an edit.

Another simplification in P5 Archive has been implemented in the source selection: The tree structure now immediately displays the user directory and all mounted volumes, saving the user several clicks when selecting files or folders to archive from their file system.

Data integrity checks / List display / OS support

The data integrity check options have been expanded for Archive to disk and tape. The following checksum types are available: MD5, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512. Additionally, compare content can be selected as verification method.

For a comprehensive overview of Backup and Synchronize jobs, the Backup/Synchronize plan lists now display the next scheduled run.

Lastly, as of version 5.4, Archiware P5 officially supports macOS 10.12 Sierra and Windows Server 2016.