Archiving from a rack-mounted Mac mini to LTO Tape

The new Mac mini is a flexible tool for media production. Sonnet and Archiware combine for a powerful remote workstation and rack mount solution, including archive to LTO. This combination of Sonnettech hardware and Archiware P5 software is ideally suited to use the full potential of your Mac mini while keeping it safely stored away in the server room.

Advantages of the Setup

  • Keeps Mac mini safe in state-of-the-art Sonnettech xMac mini server rack mount
  • Set up the workstation anywhere using Sonnettech Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 dock
  • Fast connection through optical Thunderbolt cable
  • Vast connectivity for external devices
  • Economic use of precious production storage
  • Easy Archiving with Archiware P5
  • Browse and restore from your workstation
  • Professional long-term storage on LTO tape

Sonnet Echo11 Dock & Archiware P5

The xMac mini Server enclosure can hold one Mac mini, plus two PCI cards, offering maximum flexibility. The Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 docking station can be connected to the Mac mini via Thunderbolt cable. It offers Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, SD card, and audio connectivity. 

You can easily connect display, keyboard, mouse, and other devices to your rack mounted Mac mini and place your workstation anywhere. An LTO drive or library can be connected via SAS, FC or Thunderbolt and mounted in the rack.

The P5 Archive metadata and preview catalogue

To make sure that the production storage can be used to its full potential, add an Archiware P5 Archive installation and move any finalized files to your media Archive on Disk, LTO tape or Cloud storage. 

Proxy videos and metadata remain available in the archive catalogue at all times, so you can easily browse, search and restore any material you need for production – straight from your workstation.

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