ProMAX: Platform Portable Workflow Servers

Base configuration at $5,995
This is a Press Release edited by on 2014.12.12

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ProMAX Systems, Inc. is shipping their workflow server system, the Platform Portable.


Initially announced at IBC, 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 designed this mobile server to establish an 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 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 common file systems including, HFS+, FAT32 and NTFS. It can connect clients up to 5x1GbE or 2x10GbE ports, copper or fiber. Storage expansion ports include 2x Thunderbolt 2.0, 8xUSB 3.0, 4xUSB 2.0, 2xFireWire 800, 1xFireWire 400, 2xeSATA and 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, CEO, ProMAX 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. Its models include varied levels of workflow acceleration features such as built in media asset management and transcoding for groups of up to six users. Platform software supports these workflows as well as ability to make use of existing attached storage devices to become a powerful shared storage system.

As an affordable video optimized shared workflow solution for smaller workgroups, Platform Portable offers an accessible 'bridge' in moving from attached storage into shared storage. Portable can be configured with an optional, built-in 2TB SSD storage module featuring 2x1TB drives in RAID-0 for fast access to media. The Portable base configuration will have an MSRP of $5,995, before options for expanded 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 production groups of 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 turnaround for social media and PR packages, Portable delivers a collaborative editing experience that enables finishing projects faster.

The Platform Portable answers the call for a shared editing system with mobility to travel from studio to locations and back. At 18x12x2.5" and 10.75 pounds, it's lightweight and small enough to 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 it comes with a shock absorbent, protective travel bag.