Houses of Worship are embracing digitization

A church today faces many challenges, but also the amazing chance of reaching a growing audience of followers. The congreation is no longer local, and reaching the fellowship around the clock, on regional, national and international level needs technology and media. 

Challenges in a changing media landscape

Broadcast quality recording of ceremonies and other events serve as reference, themed programs, and increases fundraising opportunities. Graphics, sacred writings and lyrics add more files and increase storage needs. This growing number of files, whether administrative data or media files, needs protection to preserve them and keep them accessible. Archiware P5 helps to do this and supports building a thorough storage strategy. Many church customers rely on the ease-of-use, flexibility and scalability of Archiware P5 to protect their data.


There are two distinctive methods to protect data: Backup is the replication of data that is still part of daily production. Archive is the long-term preservation of files that are no longer needed in daily production but still need to be kept for reference, re-use or compliance. Both are needed.

The following table lists the main differences between the two concepts. To find out more about the modules in the Archiware P5 suite, take a look at the pages for P5 Backup and P5 Archive

Graphic  Backup vs. Archive

House of Worship Data Backup and Replication

A solid backup or replication of the files that are still being edited and part of daily production is a must. To back up data Archiware P5 offers two products: P5 Synchronize offers replication for time critical data when immediate availability is key and there might be no tolerance for a restore time. In this case a fail-over mechanism is needed. That is what P5 Synchronize offers by cloning files to a secondary storage. High performance SAN systems are supported as well as NAS Systems by Synology, QNAP and NetGear.

For less time critical data or when Tape or Cloud storage is needed, P5 Backup offers protection for any files. The retention time that is specified by the user guarantees that files are available as long as they are needed. To search for and restore files P5 Backup offers an easy-to-use browser interface. When using LTO tape, P5 Backup offers support for all vendors of tape drives and libraries. Additionally tape cloning for maximum security and tape parallelisation for maximum throughput are built in.

House of Worship Media Archive

To keep files for years or even decades P5 Archive is the robust archive software that is needed. Easy re-use and reference for anniversaries or specific edits builds on a repository for all recorded ceremonies and events. P5 Archive with its mini-MAM features helps to find files easily for reference and re-use. 

Customisable metadata fields and menus allow to build an individual metadata schema that support searches for any relevant criteria from descriptive to technical metadata.

P5 Archive supports disk, tape and cloud storage for the archive.

Archive to Disk Tape Cloud

When using tape P5 supports tape drives and libraries of all vendors. Additionally tape cloning for maximum security (and off-site storage) and tape parallelisation for maximum throughput are built in. Migrating from one LTO generation to a newer one is supported and handled by P5 Archive.

Screenshot P5 Archive Restore Katalog

The P5 Archive restore catalogue

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