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Roy Pearson
Critique my system proposal!
on Oct 11, 2010 at 5:15:32 pm

Hey guys,

I'm planning to upgrade my network and storage system, any obvious problems you see here?

Server:
-Xserve (already own) with new Small Tree 6-port GigE and ATTO R380

Storage:
-AIC 12-bay SAS enclosure (new)
http://www.provantage.com/xtore-extreme-storage-xj-sa13-212rel-0~7XTOR00N.h...
Anyone know a better source for the AIC boxes? They say it will take about 3 weeks to ship. Or anyone recommend a better enclosure?
-Load with 12 x 2 TB Hitachi SATA drives, configure as RAID 6
-I'm hoping to daisy chain new storage boxes if needed, the ATTO should be able to handle this right?

Network:
-Edge-Core ES4528V 28-port switch (new)
http://www.edge-core.com/ProdDtl.asp?sno=ILEIBO
-Aggregate the six links from Xserve
-Aggregate ports for three or four Mac Pro edits (already have these)
-Connect through AFP

I don't need uncompressed HD, we work more with XDCAM EX and ProRes. The edits will also have local storage of course, but I'd like 2-3 editors to work together on the shared storage if necessary.

Seems pretty solid for around $5000 (excluding the expensive stuff we already have). Let me know what you think!


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Bob Zelin
Re: Critique my system proposal!
on Oct 12, 2010 at 1:25:14 am

sounds good to me. Good luck setting it up !

Bob Zelin



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Roy Pearson
Re: Critique my system proposal!
on Oct 29, 2010 at 7:08:59 pm

Thanks bob!

I've been setting this system up over the last couple days and haven't hit any major problems. Lucky! I couldn't get the Edge-Core web interface to work on the switch, but at least it works through Zterm.

The RAID6 is getting over 800 MB/s reads and 500 MB/s writes, not too shabby.

Not all the edits are set up yet, but in a quick test I saw over 160 MB/s through a MacPro link aggregate, awesome!

Thanks everyone for the hardware recs I got through lurking here!

Roy


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Roy Pearson
Re: Critique my system proposal!
on Nov 1, 2010 at 7:10:07 pm

Just a quick revision: I did NOT get 160 MB/s through the Mac Pro, the most I've seen so far is around 112 MB/s on that computer.


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