Sonnet & Archiware Team To Show Long-Distance Thunderbolt 3 Optical Cable At IBC 

Sonnet Technologies and Archiware GmbH team up at IBC to demonstrate a Mac-based media asset management backup and archive system using Sonnet hardware, Archiware software and Corning optical cable. 

Sonnet and Archiware said the product uses a Mac mini computer with Archiware software running on over 164 feet of Corning optical Thunderbolt 3 cable. The optical Thunderbolt 3 cables provide users the ability to connect two Thunderbolt 3 devices together up to 25 times the maximum distance allowed using copper cables without loss of performance.

Housing the computer in Sonnet's stand is the xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition, a Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe card expansion system/1U rackmount enclosure that securely mounts a Mac mini inside. It enables the user to connect and harness the power of two full-height pro video capture, audio DSP, 10 Gigabit Ethernet or other high-performance PCIe cards.

The computer is running Archiware's P5 software suite, with P5 Backup and P5 Archive. P5 Archive, with its media asset management-like features, enables users to migrate offline and data-to-disk, LTO tape or cloud storage.

P5 Backup and 5 Synchronize offer backup to disk tape and cloud and replication for failover. Archiware's staff will control the system from their stand with a keyboard, mouse and display connected to a Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 dock.

Optical Thunderbolt 3 cables are ideal for use in situations requiring a computer to be segregated from other equipment without a loss in functionality or data-transfer speed. The optical cables are surprisingly thin, lightweight and durable, with performance equivalent to copper Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cables. 

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