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Archiware P5 Suite

Advantages of the P5 Suite
  • Easy operation with step-by-step introductions
  • User friendly browser interface, available everywhere
  • Runs on Mac, Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris
  • Data safety across platform limits
  • Fits into existing hardware environment
  • Joint use of resources for several modules
  • Supports RAID, SAN, XSAN, NAS and iSCI storage
  • Compatible with virtually any Tape Hardware (LTO-2 to LTO-6)
  • Integrations with hardware and software partners
  • Flexible, scalable license model
 
The four modules in the Archiware P5 Suite secure data using different methods and restore them when required. A central question when choosing the right module is:
 
How long can I work without the data on my server?
  • Minutes – P5 Synchronize clones files for immediate availability without restore
  • Hours – P5 Backup creates security copies of the files for a quick restore
  • Hours/Days – P5 Archive migrates files to tape ans saves online storage space
The three modules for securing sever data are completed by P5 Backup2Go for central data backups of workstations and laptops.
All modules can be combined to create multiple-step security concepts to achieve maximum data security, such as the Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape-strategy.
 
Why P5?
One Suite - one user concept
The browser based user interface of the P5 Suite ensures maximum user friendliness. The structure within the modules is the same, minimizing the familiarization period. When the software is first opened, a step-by-step introductions guides users through the creation of data security plans – so the first run can start within minutes. 
Through the web interface, P5 is available from anywhere, anytime.
 
One software - all platforms
P5 Software runs on Mac, Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. This secures your investments, as the software can be moved to a different server operating system at any point in time.
P5 is also platform neutral with regards to the storage used and therefore allows for e.g. the cloning from one OS to another or the restoration of files on a different platform than the one of the source (example: The P5 Archive server running on Linux archives files off Mac workstations). The important file properties such as access rights and extended attributes remain intact.
 
Your installation - your resources
Thanks to the universal compatibility, the P5 Suite fits into your existing storage environment. Investments in specific hardware are not necessary.
Ressources can be used for multiple modules simultaneously – e.g. one tape library for P5 Backup and P5 Archive. If required, resources may be re-allocated to adapt to altered circumstances – without the need for re-installation and with minimal administration efforts.
 
One manufacturer - many partners
In the P5 Suite, Archiware sets great store by compatibility with storage hardware. 
P5 Archive and P5 Backup can be used with tape hardware by any manufacturer on the market. 
All modules support file servers as well as Direct Attached Storage, SAN and NAS (more information on P5 and NAS), thus working with practically any type of disk storage.
On the software side, the P5 Suite has integrations with numerous partners, especially with Media Asset Management systems (MAM). A list of solutions with hardware and software partners can be found here.
Archiware offers support by in-house experts. Support is free during the first 12 months.
 
The P5 license model - scalable and extendable
The P5 Suite is delivered as one package in a single installer that contains all modules, which are activated with a license key. This way, additional modules can by added at any point without the need for timec-onsuming installation.
For P5 Backup and P5 Archive, the license model is based on the capacity of the tape or disk storage used as well as the number of LTO drives in libraries.


Archiware P5 version 5.3
 
Snapshot support in P5 Synchronize
In Version 5.3, the Synchronize Module supports a powerful functionality of modern file systems such as ZFS or BtrFS, which is creating a snapshot of the status quo of data. These functionalities are special in that they use very little ressources.
Snapshots can be created instantly and the required storage space matches the amount of data that has changed. This functionality enables the user to keep and provide multiple cycles of synchronized data. 
A practical example: During daily production, only changed data is copied from the original location to the target location. In that phase, nothing is deleted on the target location to make sure that all data can be accessed in case of an emergency.In order to prevent that source and target data states going out of sync, regular mirror sync runs are required. Before this 1:1 sync starts, the current status quo can now be saved using the snapshot functionality. The user now has access to the current data stock as well as the one in the previous cycle.
 
LTO-7 support with amazing throughput
P5 version 5.3 has been tested succesfully with LTO-7 drives and libraries. Just like with LTO-6, we were able to achieve astonishing performance results:
Average throughput of 223 MB/sec – 783 GB/hr, running a full backup with tape cloning.
Test setup:
Quantum Scalar i500 LTO-7 library
Windows W2012R2 Server running P5 version 5.3.0
Internal 1 TB hard drive
library attached via Fibre Channel with Qlogic QLe2562
tested with noncompressable data, average file size 70MB
 
P5 Archive App Support
Version 5.3 of P5 Archive supports the add-on “P5 Archive App” which allows to archive and restore files, folders and FCP X libraries with just one click.
 
Archiware P5 5.2
 
Full 64-Bit support
The 64-Bit version delivers optimal use of the main memory. This can increase data throughput in enterprise installations where multiple parallel data streams are backed up or archived simultaneously.
Archiware P5 release 5.2 supports both 64-Bit and 32-Bit Operating Systems. With 32-Bit, the storage assignment for each application is limited to 4GB. Therefore, the best allocation of cache as temporary storage is only possible for a limited number of jobs and devices. Archiware P5 64-Bit makes maximum use of server hardware. P5 5.2 delivers more bandwidth and increased scalability, while at the same time better exploiting the available hardware resources. Compatibility between 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions is assured.
 
New Platform - FreeBSD
Archiware P5 release 5.2 supports FreeBSD 9.x on Intel and AMD 64-Bit architectures. FreeBSD is the perfect platform for Archiware P5 in several respects. It is a modern Open Source Operating System for servers and embedded systems such as NAS storage systems. FreeBSD is easily installed, resource friendly and, with NAS4Free, delivers an embedded Open Source Storage Distribution that can be administrated in a web browser.
With ZFS, FreeBSD offers a powerful file system ideally suited for managing large amounts of data, e.g. as a file server or as a backup repository for P5 Backup2Go. ZFS was developed by Sun Microsystems and is considered one of the best file systems available.
 
Archive Index Management
P5 Release 5.2 enables users to modify the structure of the Archive Index. An Archive is built over a period of years, which often makes it necessary to adapt the index structure to current requirements. Similar to a conventional file system, P5 now supports moving and renaming of index elements as well as creating folders. To ensure that the history of the structure is preserved and changes remain traceable, modifications are saved in snapshots. A snapshot is an image of the index structure at a specific point in time. This way, the Archive can be adjusted to meet current requirements while retaining previous structures.
 
Storable Searches in the Archive Index
Archiware P5 Release 5.2 lets users store search criteria in order to find data quickly and easily. This is especially helpful when P5 Archive is used as an integral part of the workflow and data from the Archive is required frequently. For instance, data from specific productions can be collected in a search and the search stored for quicker restore processes.
 
Archive Job Protocol
Archiware P5 Release 5.2 compiles a list of files that were archived successfully. This list can serve as documentation and therefore as a protocol of the Archiving process. After Archiving, the protocol is sent automatically as an e-mail.
 
Mailserver Authentication
The use of P5 within a production workflow or as a cloud service requires secure communication with the central mailserver. To achieve this, P5 is equipped with the industry standard for mailserver authentication. The P5 server authenticates itself with a user name and password and the communication is SSL/TSL encrypted.