In a move we can only assume was designed to make life difficult for blogging types everywhere, Archiware have released a major new update to the asset management solution formerly known as PresSTORE, and changed its name to the far snappier Archiware P5.
New features include a simpler setup wizard, a streamlined three-step process to start your first back up and, most excitingly, LTFS support. Integration with Media LTFS means P5 can now allow you to mount and use LTO tapes as if they’re hard drives on your system – it essentially piggybacks on MediaLTFS to manage designated tape drives within your tape library and maintain separation between your archive and LTFS tapes.
As well as supporting management of your existing tape libraries, P5 also allows you to restore files from P5 Backup and Archive to a designated LTFS tape, in case, for example, you need to send those files to people who don’t have a P5 licence (maybe suggest they get one, though…)
Organising your clouds with P5 Synchronize
Not content with linking up to your LTFS library, P5 also works with ‘universal cloud connector’ WingFS. This service allows you to see all your cloud services – be they internal clouds, Google Drives, Amazon web services or workgroup Dropboxes – as a single volume, and by syncing with it P5 Synchronize to replicate files from one cloud service to another or even back them up to a local drive, so you’ve always got an extra copy should something go wrong.
Infinite indexing and snapshots
In other good news, Archiware have brought in a new, SQLite-based index engine, and scrapped the previous 4GB limit on indexes. You can now index indefinitely, and take snapshots in P5 Backup and Archive in order to perform point-in-time restores. This feature is also used to allow incremental archiving, so that P5 Synchronize only has to move around changes to your files, not every version of the full file. You can then browse different interations of a file (and its associated metadata) in the all-new overview screen.
If you’re already using PresSTORE, you’ll have to wait til P5.1 is released in the autumn before you can upgrade your existing licences, but any new users can pick up Archiware P5 now.