Xserve Raid & FCP
by Scott on Aug 4, 2005 at 3:52:29 pm
We just switched from Avid to FCP (4.5) last January. However, we went with Huge Media System's Media Vault, and it has consistantly been crashing, resulting in loss of media and uncounted days of downtime and increasing levels of frustration. It has been, in short, a nightmare.
We are seriously considering investing in Apple's Xserve raid. But before we plunk down $6000 (for their cheapest version at just 1TB) We would like to hear from others, if any, using this configuration and research any issues they are having.
We are using a dual 2.5GHz G5, with NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT DDL (takes up adjoing PCI slot, besides the AGP slot), and a SCSI card, which we will need to keep to write to our DLT tape drive when mastering DVDs, so we have just one more slot open for the necessary fibre channel card.
Any advice, commiseration, encouragement and comments appreciated!
Re: Xserve Raid & FCP by Jared on Aug 6, 2005 at 6:33:15 pm
The Xserve RAID is a great workhorse, but it is expensive. I have only had one problem with my Xserve in the nearly 3 years that I have had it. And the issue was self induced. I hate to tell you this, but I would recommend getting the half populated RAID. I know it is more money, but you will be happier in the long run. And you can always add to it in the future if you need to. I know that there are other cheaper solutions out there if you don't want to spend the money, such as SATA. I guess it depends on what type of media you are using, but there is only one bad thing to say about the Xserve RAID, and that is the price.
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Re: Xserve Raid & FCP by Peacejames on Aug 9, 2005 at 1:19:48 am
The X-Raid is the only system I've worked on that will actually playback and work well with uncompressed 8 or 10 bit HD. There are systems with SATA or their own SCSI Raid setups, but nothing can handle HD like the X-raid. As far as problems, I only have one client who has ever had a problem and it was self-inflicted as well. Not sure what the work around was, but they did get it fixed through Apple. Which is another good reason to go with the X-raid. It's an apple product and they'll stand behind it.
Just my 2cents,
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