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Adam Schoales
So networked external storage is NOT cool? Only SANs?
on Jan 28, 2014 at 6:02:12 pm

Was really excited by the prospects of 10.1 and we're now editing a piece at the office. Copied all the material to an external Pegasus RAID that's our main media contact. Began to copy the library to my internal RAID, but figured I might as well start working while I waited for the copy to finish.

Apparently, NO CAN DO?

I can only open local libraries or libraries stored on a SAN? This seems a bit odd to me... why can't I open a library over a network volume that's mounted to my system. Is there some hack to get around this? Is it because this is a "managed" storage library and not an external library?

I guess I need to do a little more reading into workflows, but if external media can only live on a SAN or locally this is kind of a non-starter for our office environment (at least for the time being). Can someone help sort me out?


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John Davidson
Re: So networked external storage is NOT cool? Only SANs?
on Jan 28, 2014 at 6:12:51 pm

You have to do Sparse Disks for what you're wanting to do. It's what we do.

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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Tim Jones
Re: So networked external storage is NOT cool? Only SANs?
on Jan 28, 2014 at 6:20:52 pm

This is one that we have in as a feature request for change. The days of 100bT networking is very well in the past. There really is no real reason to stick with this limitation from a technology standpoint.

Let the user determine if their infrastructure is too limited for real use.

Tim
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Brett Sherman
Re: So networked external storage is NOT cool? Only SANs?
on Jan 28, 2014 at 7:45:59 pm

The media itself can live on a NAS. You just have to use externally managed media. This was always true with FCP X, but now it's easier to import directly to a location on your NAS. Your library file has to be on a SAN or in a sparse bundle.

I haven't upgraded yet to 10.1. But I'm going to store media in folders on the NAS. Then store libraries within a sparse bundle also on the NAS.

I'm not crazy about sparse bundles (they are difficult to backup), but it will do the job for now.



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John Heagy
Re: So networked external storage is NOT cool? Only SANs?
on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:32:31 pm

NFS will work if your server supports it. AFP or SMB will not.


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John Davidson
Re: So networked external storage is NOT cool? Only SANs?
on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:50:30 pm

I wasn't happy with NFS performance over 10Gbe. Perhaps it's better now, but it's still kind of a hot mess IMHO.

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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John Davidson
Re: So networked external storage is NOT cool? Only SANs?
on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:51:15 pm

That doesn't mean I am in love with sparse disks either, but it's just the best / easiest solution for us, for now.

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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