Archiving from a rack-mounted Mac Pro to LTO Tape

The new Mac Pro is the ultimate tool for media production – powerful, fast, and with great connectivity. And with its iconic cylinder shape, it looks great on any desk.
 But what if it needs to go in the server room? And when the internal storage fills up, where will you put your material?
 Look no further than the Sonnet and Archiware P5 setup!

Advantages of the Setup

  • Keep your Mac Pro safe in state-of-the-art Sonnettech xMac Pro Server rack mount
  • Set up your workstation anywhere using Sonnettech Echo 15 Thunderbolt dock
  • Fast connection through optical Thunderbolt cable
  • Vast connectivity for external devices
  • Economic use of precious internal storage
  • Easy Archiving with Archiware P5
  • Browse and restore from your workstation
  • Professional long-term storage of media on LTO tape

Sonnet Echo15 Dock & Archiware P5

Setupgraphik Sonnet Rack MacPro

This combination of Sonnettech hardware and Archiware P5 software is ideally suited to use the full potential of your Mac Pro while keeping it safely stored away in the server room: The xMac Pro Server rack mount can hold either one or two Mac Pros in a rack compatible casing which gives access to all available ports.

The Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 docking station can be connected to the Mac Pro via Thunderbolt cable. It offers Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, SATA and eSATA, Firewire 800, Gigabit Ethernet and audio connectivity. So you can easily connect your display, keyboard, mouse and other devices to your rack mounted MacPro and create your workstation anywhere.

Screenshot P5 Archive Restore Katalog

The P5 Archive metadata and preview catalogue

To make sure that the internal storage of your Mac Pro can be used to its full potential, add an Archiware P5 Archive installation and move any unused files to your media Archive on Disk, LTO tape or Cloud storage.

Proxy videos and metadata remain available at all times, so you can easily browse, search and restore any material you need for production – straight from your workstation.

LTO Facts


Speed up to 360 MB/s uncompressed
Capacity 12,0 TB uncompressed
Security Servo Tracks, Verify, Error Correction, Auto Speed
Lifespan Certified for 30 Years
Off-site storage Simple, reliable, cost-effective


Speed up to 300 MB/s uncompressed
Capacity 6,0 TB uncompressed
Security Servo Tracks, Verify, Error Correction, Auto Speed
Lifespan Certified for 30 Years
Off-site storage Simple, reliable, cost-effective