Promise Technology Storage & Archiware P5

The continuous migration to high resolution 2K and 4K video has led to a significant growth in storage requirements. This trend is expected to continue as a recent study suggests the industry will see a 50 fold growth in required data storage from 2010 to 2020 (IDC, Digital Universe Study). Rich media assets are one of the leading contributors to the increase in required storage which has therefore led to the growth of the digital asset management (DAM) and archive markets.

Promise Technology & Archiware P5

Promise Technology covers a wide range of storage requirements for the cloud/IT, surveillance and rich media markets. Archiware P5 covers the whole range of data management, including cloning storage for time critical data, performing backup to disk, tape and cloud and providing long-term archive and is fully compatible with Promise’s products:

The Vess Series, the Thunderbolt-enabled Pegasus Series, the VTrak x30 Series and the VTrak A-Class SAN file system appliance are ideal for collaboration in high-resolution 4K and 3D workflows which require high bandwidth applications and digital asset solutions to ensure the valuable digital assets of companies are leveraged to their fullest extent.

Which solution to choose?

When deciding what kind of data management a specific data set needs, customers can consider the following:

Restore Tolerance Product Retention
Minutes Data Availability/Failover - no restore neccessary P5 Synchronize + PROMISE Storage Days
Hours Backup to disk/tape, cyclic, also off-site P5 Backup, P5 Backup2Go + PROMISE Storage Weeks
Hours - Days Long-term archiving, data migration, off-site P5 Archive + PROMISE Storage Years

Failover with P5 Synchronize

Failover made easy

Shared production storage is time critical. Therefore it needs to be kept available all the time. Archiware's P5 Synchronize clones data to the secondary storage, creating a failover solution on the secondary storage. In case of emergency, switching over takes only minutes before all data is again available to continue production. Additionally, file versions and snapshots can be kept.

Dramatic Improvement by FSEvents

By using FSEvents, copying changed files can start immediately without scanning the storage. This saves countless hours. Sync intervals can be kept short to reach an even higher level of data security.

Failover + Backup: Disk2Disk2Tape

Step 1: Cloning to Disk

One of the safest strategies for data availability and safekeeping is combining failover and backup and creating a disk-to-disk-to-tape setup. In this scenario, P5 Synchronize mirrors data from the primary online storage to a secondary online storage for an identical copy of data that is immediately available.

Step 2: Backup to Tape

In a second step, P5 Backup creates a security copy from the secondary storage and writes it onto LTO Tape. This way, the CPU consumption is minimized on the primary storage and the LTO Tape backups can be stored offsite for maximum security and restore in case of error or technical failure.

Data migration to Archive - Make Space, Take Control

Archive to Tape

Online storage space is always precious. It therefore makes sense to migrate all data that is no longer used in daily production to a well-managed Archive where it will be kept safe and can be easily restored when required. Archiware P5 Archive even offers a cloning function to create a second, identical set of tapes that can be stored off-site for maximum security.

The P5 Archive catalogue

Archiware P5 Archive offers a catalogue with user-definable metadata fields and previews. Using this catalogue, users can easily find media and view it before restoring. The catalogue offers storable searches, making collaboration with colleagues much easier.

The P5 Archive metadata and preview catalogue

LTO Facts


Speed up to 400 MB/s uncompressed
Capacity 18,0 TB uncompressed
Security Servo Tracks, Verify, Error Correction, Auto Speed
Lifespan Certified for 30 Years
Off-site storage Simple, reliable, cost-effective


Speed up to 360 MB/s uncompressed
Capacity 12,0 TB uncompressed
Security Servo Tracks, Verify, Error Correction, Auto Speed
Lifespan Certified for 30 Years
Off-site storage Simple, reliable, cost-effective