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Cirilo Bonazzi
MacPro and Thunderbolt
on Jan 10, 2013 at 4:53:48 am

I have reading about using MacPro with Promise Pegasus Thunderbolt + Promise Sanlink + Fiber Channel Card.

Has anyone tried it ?

I need to playback dpx files (1920x1080 - rgb 10bit )

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Jon Schilling
Re: MacPro and Thunderbolt
on Jan 10, 2013 at 9:15:10 pm

Why would you need a Fiber Channel Card?

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Caspian Brand
Re: MacPro and Thunderbolt
on Jan 18, 2013 at 7:34:33 pm

Hi Cirilo,

Are you trying to share playback of media across more than one computer?

A MacPro Tower won't work directly with a Promise Pegasus Thunderbolt array. The Promise SANlink is not designed to bridge a Thunderbolt target device like the Pegasus to the Fibre Channel protocol. The SANlink and similar devices are designed to add Fibre Channel and other network connections to Mac computers that are equipped with Thunderbolt ports.

If you're looking for high speed storage to connect to a MacPro tower, a Fibre Channel HBA can be installed in the MacPro and then connected to a Fibre Channel RAID storage system or Fibre Channel network. This level of high speed storage can be treated as Direct Attached Storage as well as shared in a SAN environment.

We also have our globalSAN Xtarget software for the Mac, which can enable a Mac mini or iMac with Thunderbolt connected storage and a multi-port network adapter, to act as centralized iSCSI shared storage over 1GbE and 10GbE.

At Studio Network Solutions, we offer both Direct Attached Storage and Shared SAN storage with turnkey hardware and software solutions with our EVO products. Feel free to contact us directly if you'd like to learn more about how we can help you.

Best Regards,
Caspian Brand

Product Specialist
Studio Network Solutions

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