The StorMagic ARQvault Media and Entertainment solution lets you ingest any type of digital asset, store it forever, find it fast, and reduce storage costs by at least 50% versus other solutions. The ARQvault Media and Entertainment solution consists of ARQvault, the first Active Intelligent Repository, and the ARQvault File Ingest module. It combines digital asset management (DAM), media asset management (MAM), and storage asset management (SAM) into one complete solution.

The ARQvault Media and Entertainment solution is based on ARQvault:

  1. ARQvault is a collection of vaults creating a federated repository.
    ARQvault software combines different and distributed storage resources into an integrated system shared across the network. Vaults consist of a server, storage, and ARQvault software.
  2. ARQvault is active.
    Secondary storage, such as NAS, LTO tape libraries and Sony optical systems, and cloud storage are all an active part of the repository. ARQvault knows where all digital and media assets are and can actively seek, find, and retrieve any asset in real time.
  3. ARQvault is intelligent.
    ARQvault uses policies to automatically move digital assets to different storage tiers and creates low-resolution proxies of high-resolution video, audio, and images for fast search, playback, and use. The use of metadata and customizable fields, and integration with third-party packages, provides powerful media and storage asset utilization and management.
Media and Entertainment Architecture Diagram

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ARQvault Media and Entertainment Features

Ingest assets from anywhere and integrate with existing workflows.
Ingest from any source Ingest can be manual, automatic, or integrated into the workflow. Easy-to-use tool, via desktop application or web interface, to upload assets collected from any source.
Integrate with common editing tools Integrates with editing tools such as Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe
Premiere Pro.
Provides complete architectural flexibility Works with new or existing servers and storage – x86 servers and all storage types. Add additional sites, vaults, servers, and storage at any time.
Store for as long as needed with secure, easy to manage, automated tiering. Gain complete control over assets lifecycle management and lower storage costs by 50%.
Automated tiering: Optimize performance and reduce costs Creates low-resolution versions of high-res video, audio, and images to use for searching and review that take <10% of original file’s space. Policies decide what assets gets moved to lower cost storage types and when.
3 levels of security: Keep assets secure At the vault, storage, file levels. Integrates with Active Directory or local authentication with complete audit trail. Uses a digital fingerprint (SHA-256) and provides chain-ofcustody history.
Complete assets lifecycle management Manage all types of assets in one complete solution – DAM, MAM, and SAM. Share assets within organization and externally with multiple export options.
Find media assets fast and apply powerful search capabilities with intelligent search using rich metadata.
Intelligent search: Fast results no matter asset location or age Numerous search categories: where assets stored, file attributes, access level, content, metadata applied. Parallel search request to all vaults for fastest path. Quick results over slow networks using low-res proxies.
Metadata use throughout: Search and data use richer and more robust Multiple video logging formats supported at ingest and fully searchable. Metadata applied at ingest, used in tiering decisions, integrates with third-party packages. Metadata can be applied at file and timeline levels. Enables advanced reporting and audit capabilities.
Assets are always available Distributed architecture with no single point of failure. Store, move, and retrieve assets to/from any vault, anywhere. Data resiliency built in. Continues to operate if any failure: assets are always safe and available.

System Requirements

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2016 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2019 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2022 (64-bit)
Processor Requirements: Intel Xeon® E3 3.10GHz or better
Recording Server: Nvidia Graphics card
Hard Drive Requirements: 50 GB of available space to install and run the product. Additional space will be required based on video retention requirements
Memory Requirements: 16GB or more of RAM
RAID Recommendations: OS RAID 1 (mirrored); Database RAID 1 (mirrored) (should not be on the same drive as the video cache); Data RAID 5 minimum (vault storage drive)
  • Windows 7 Professional SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
Processor Requirements: Intel® Core i5 3.00 GHz or better
Hard Drive Requirements: 10 GB of available space to install and run the product. Additional space will be
required based on video retention requirements
Memory Requirements: 8GB of RAM
RAID Recommendations: OS RAID 1 (mirrored); Database RAID 1 (mirrored) (should not be on the same drive as
the video cache); Data RAID 5 minimum (vault storage drive)
Linux: Available upon request
Network: Multicast packet routing is required between all server and client machines
Disk-only: Vault storage is required on all servers. In case of disk-only
configurations, sufficient storage must be provided to store all original video for the required retention period
  • Additional disk storage must be provided to store the low-resolution companion files and thumbnails, normally equal to 10% of the total digital data tape storage capacity.
  • Database Disk Storage Database storage requirements vary based on the amount of stored video and the use of metadata.
  • Each server has its own database which correlates to the video it is storing. As a guideline, every 16TB video storage requires 10 GB of disk storage as a minimum for the database.
Disk and Digital Data Tape: In a mixed storage environment of disk and digital data tape, sufficient disk storage must be provided
to store original video for period which it is required to be stored on disk

Architectural Highlights

Ingest from any source Upload assets from any source with File Ingest. Ingest can be manual, automatic, or integrated into the workflow
Data synchronization Synchronize data through incremental or differential backups or uploads based upon specified criteria. Folder on user's desktop can be uploaded at end of day or drop files into specified location – only changed content will be uploaded and synced.
Consists of 1 to 1000s of vaults at 1 or more sites Vaults consists of server, storage, ARQvault software. Single-pane-ofglass operation reduces complexity, simplifies day-to-day management, and lowers costs.
Policy driven automated tiering and management Determines where assets start, how long they are there, where they go next, and who can access, view, change, and manage.
Low-resolution proxy files created for ingested video, audio, and images Takes less than 10% of the original file’s space. Originals moved to lower cost storage. Provides fast access for search, playback, viewing, and editing. High-res versions always available.
Assets are active on all storage types Assets moved to secondary storage are not “archived and forgotten.” Optical jukeboxes and tape libraries are active. Assets can be retrieved immediately from any storage device.
Parallel search requests sent to all vaults Finds the fastest path to assets. Fast response on slow networks using low-res proxies.
Assets are secure, traceable, and always available 3 levels of access security. Digital fingerprint (SHA-256) and chain-ofcustody history. No single point of failure.

ARQvault Support

ARQvault Maintenance & Support provides organizations with access to StorMagic support resources, including product updates, knowledgebase access, and email support with our technical support staff. A summary is shown in the table below. More information on ARQvault Maintenance & Support can be found at

Hours of operation 24 hours a day1, (7 days a week)
Length of service 1, 3 or 5 years
Product updates Yes
Product upgrades Yes
Access method Email + Telephone (via platinum engagement form on
Response method Email + Telephone + WebEx
Remote support / WebEx Yes
Maximum number of support administrators per contract 4
Response time 1 hour

1Global, 24x7 support for Severity 1 - Critical Down & Severity 2 Degraded issues

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