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walter biscardiRe: Good/better/best RAID setup for Color?
by on Apr 3, 2009 at 10:28:55 am

[Chad Terpstra] "Apart from that, what is a simple external setup?
What is the minimum drive setup needed to get 24 fps of 2K uncompressed? "


Probably 8 drives minimum running with an SAS/SATA array. We get 500MB/s + with our old Maxx Digital EVO HD 8TB array running in RAID 5. Over 600 MB/s in RAID 0 but we would never run the array in that mode.

Our new 16TB EVO 2HD Expando Chassis runs well over 700MB/s in RAID 5 when striped as one volume, that's also an SAS/SATA Array. We actually run it in two volumes though as part of a shared array running via Ethernet so we're really only using it at about 100MB/s to each of the 6 workstations. We use the local Maxx Arrays when we have to work in Uncompressed HD.

Fibre Channel is really only necessary if you plan to run a shared system where each system has to have Uncompressed / 2k abilities. Otherwise it's just overpriced for single workstations.

And you're not going to get full 24fps playback right now with the way Color operates today and the current Mac Pros. You're still going to get a proxy playback as of right now. Could change in a few weeks but we won't know until April 20th.



Walter Biscardi, Jr.
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