Groundbreaking mobile server enables smaller workgroups to share anything, with anyone, anywhere
(December 3rd, 2014; Santa Ana, CA) ProMAX Systems is shipping their latest breakthrough workflow server system; the Platform Portable. Initially announced at IBC in Amsterdam, Platform Portable distinctively allows creative groups to connect their existing attached storage devices and transform them into a simple, yet sophisticated, shared editing environment. ProMAX, the manufacturer of Platform modular workflow servers, high-performance ONE editing workstations and Cache-A archival appliances, designed this revolutionary mobile server to establish an entirely new product category by utilizing existing drives as shared storage to accelerate the efficiency of video production and post workflows both in studio and on location. The Platform Portable is available through ProMAX’s global channel of reseller partners and distributors.
Platform Portable is cross-platform compatible (OSX, Windows, Linux) and supports all common attached storage interfaces including Thunderbolt, USB, FireWire, SAS and eSATA. Portable also reads all common file systems including, HFS+, FAT32, and NTFS. Platform Portable can connect clients up to 5x 1GbE or 2x 10GbE ports, copper or fiber. Storage expansion ports include 2 x Thunderbolt 2.0, 8 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x FireWire 800, 2 x eSATAand an optional SAS controller.
“Platform Portable enables workgroups to share any content, from any device, in any format, with any user in the group, anywhere they choose to take it,” summarizes Jess Hartmann, ProMAX CEO. He adds, “People are excited to find a new way to retain their investment in terabytes of existing local and attached storage. Response to the system has been resoundingly positive.”
Platform Portable enters the market with capabilities unlike any other shared storage device. Portable models include varied levels of workflow acceleration features such as built-in Media Asset Management and Transcoding for groups of up to 6 users. Platform software supports these workflows as well as Portable’s fundamental ability to make use of existing attached storage devices to become a powerful shared storage system.
As the most affordable video optimized shared workflow solution for smaller workgroups, Platform Portable 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 Platform Portable base configuration has an MSRP of around $5,995., before options for network connectivity, transcoding or onboard storage are added. There are no per seat licensing costs.
Platform Portable’s functionality mirrors the merging of production and post processes, blending features to fit the needs of creative teams ranging from D.P.s, audio technicians, and DITs, to post teams of editors, colorists, and graphic artists. For live event production and creating packaged content that requires immediate turnaround for Social Media and PR packages, Portable delivers an incredibly collaborative editing experience that enables finishing projects faster.
The Platform Portable also answers a call for a shared editing system with supreme mobility to effortlessly travel from studio to locations and back. At 18” x 12” x 2.5” and 10.75 pounds it’s lightweight and small enough to easily take by plane or car, to any shoot location. Its rugged steel construction and anti-shock braces are designed to perform in tough outdoor environments, and every Platform Portable comes with a shock absorbent, protective, travel bag.