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Timor Kardum
FC as an option?
on Jan 10, 2006 at 7:47:53 pm

hi there,

i hope you guys can help in making a decision.

first: we are a very very small postproduction company and we do alot of other design stuff as well.
after finishing a couple of HD jobs i thought it


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Priit Poldmaa
Re: FC as an option?
on Jan 10, 2006 at 9:17:27 pm

Check this out.
http://www.areca.com.tw/products/html/cable_fibre-sata6060.htm
Priced arround 1800 EURO.
You should order SFP separatelly.

We have FC and SCSI version in house.
By the way dual channel SCSI U320 outperforms dualchannel 2GB FC.
For 4:4:4 work the dual SCSI is the way.

Also check Qlogic SAMExpress
http://www.qlogic.com/products/san_express.asp

and for volume block level sharing Tiger Tecnology MetaSAN
http://www.tiger-technology.com/products/metasan/index_eng.html

We use them all and your situation seem very similar.


Priit


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John McClary
Re: FC as an option?
on Jan 19, 2006 at 3:22:31 pm

Also give the Terrablock from Facilis Technology a look.
http://www.facilistech.com

They use 4gig FC for HD and have very good tech help. We are running 2 Terrablock 12D servers with 8Tb of storage supporting 8 SD cilents over a switch. You can connect a few clients (4-6 maybe?) without the switch.

$9K is a low number to be starting a Fibre Channel network. However, if you start with one of the larger RAIDs, you get more performance in the long run.

John McClary


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Timor Kardum
Re: FC as an option?
on Jan 20, 2006 at 10:40:21 am

hi priit, hi john,

thank you for you thoughts and suggestions.
i think the terrablock solution is not our best bet because it seems quite expensive and i couldn


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Floh
Re: FC as an option?
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on Jan 20, 2006 at 1:31:18 pm

Timor,

you need a software that controls the Filesystem on your SAN. Windows or MacOS are not built to have multiple systems write to the same storage simultaneously, so they won


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Igor
Re: FC as an option?
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on Jan 21, 2006 at 7:35:01 pm

Check http://www.open-e.com/data_storage_solution/server/service_and_support.php?...
They are also in Germany. With FC/Glan this is to chipest way to have a NAS managment software and OS. http://www.sona.de has the best price for open-e nas enterprise.
Greets...


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Timor Kardum
Re: FC as an option?
on Jan 22, 2006 at 3:14:20 pm

hi igor,
thx for the answer but i


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Chuck McMakin
Re: FC as an option?
on Jan 23, 2006 at 10:50:17 pm

Hello Timor!

I would like to make sure that you are aware that CommandSoft also offers demo licenses of FibreJet.

If you have already made an investment in fibre channel hardware this is the best "risk free" way to see for yourself how easy FibreJet SAN software is to install and administer.

If you would be interested in "test driving" FibreJet please contact me any time.

I hope to hear from you!

Chuck McMakin
CommandSoft, Inc. /
Phone: (805)730-7772 /
Email: chuck@commandsoft.com


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Timor Kardum
Re: FC as an option?
on Jan 24, 2006 at 9:00:28 pm

hi chuck,

i haven


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Chuck McMakin
Re: FC as an option?
on Jan 24, 2006 at 11:32:02 pm

Hi again Timor!

Yes, I can recommend SMM GmbH in Ismaning.

Contact there is Michael Werner @ +49-089-992-88-997 or m.werner@smm-online.de

I would think Michael can help you with your hardware too.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if there is anything further we might do to help.

Best Regards,
-Chuck

Chuck McMakin
CommandSoft, Inc. /
Phone: (805)730-7772 /
Email: chuck@commandsoft.com


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Timor Kardum
Re: FC as an option?
on Jan 29, 2006 at 2:33:39 pm

hi chuck,

thank you for the contact, i might give him a call on monday.

maybe you can answer me a question which is bugging me all the time:

if we set up the SAN with your software, are we able to map the FC-raid as a network drive as we do it right now with our gig-lan?
( assigning it a drive letter -> D: )
our small rendering farm heavily depends on this feature because if i submit a job to be rendered the footage needs to be on the same drive for every computer.

if this is possible i really look forward building up the SAN as quick as possible.

thanks again,

timor

http://www.omgraphix.de
- identity in motion -


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Priit Poldmaa
Re: FC as an option?
on Jan 29, 2006 at 7:30:32 pm

Timor,

When you use FC all disks appear as LOCAL SCSI drives
and FC HBA list as SCSI card.

Priit


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tfrees
Re: FC as an option?
on Feb 6, 2006 at 6:21:21 pm

Hello Timor,

I see no reason why you wouldn't be able to purchase a fibre channel disk array and initially connect it to only your server. You could then later, as you said, purchase a switch and connect all of your work stations to the storage. At that point, you would need some form of SAN management software. Here at CommandSoft, we have just released FibreJet for Windows XP. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

http://www.commandsoft.com


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