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Stephen Townsend
RAID Solutions
on Aug 14, 2012 at 9:37:40 am

Hi,

I work in a medium sized creative company and work on the majority of the motion graphics projects we have which range from 2D After Effects work to 3D Cinema4D work to HD and 4K/5k Editing in Premiere.

I work from a MacPro and storage is starting to become an issue and from what I understand, as well as extra storage, if I upgrade to a RAID solution, I will also benefit from better speed performance.

For now we back up to USB drives which is suitable for the still work but obviously not for video.

One solution I came across was this:
http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-speed-es-pro.cfm

I wonder why I might go for this over an internal solution though? I though perhaps it would allow me to connect it up to other machines through USB that don't have a RAID card. For example, there is a junior designer who sometimes helps out with some of the video work but works off an iMac. I saw this product on the same site http://www.g-technology.eu/products/g-speed-q.php but I'd lose some connectivity speed to my own Mac Pro.

I guess it isn't a big issue that all video work resides on my Mac Pro since we can still transfer small projects via portable USB drives but then main issue is getting a more suitable storage solution for video work that is both larger and faster and of course with RAID it would offer parity so there would be no need to backup to USB at all?

If anyone can recommend the best solution based on my circumstances it would be much appreciated.


Cheers,
Steve


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Alex Gerulaitis
Re: RAID Solutions
on Aug 15, 2012 at 8:31:58 am

[Stephen Townsend] "I wonder why I might go for [G-Speed eS] over an internal solution though?"

Speed, RAID5 protection.

[Stephen Townsend] "I though perhaps it would allow me to connect it up to other machines through USB that don't have a RAID card."

G-Speed eS Pro is not easily portable: requires an add-on RAID controller; the only connectivity is via MiniSAS.

G-Speed Q on the other hand is portable: you could connect it to a Mac Pro via an eSATA add-on card, and to an iMac - via FireWire800. It's not as fast as G-Speed eS Pro though.

[Stephen Townsend] "I guess it isn't a big issue that all video work resides on my Mac Pro since we can still transfer small projects via portable USB drives but then main issue is getting a more suitable storage solution for video work that is both larger and faster and of course with RAID it would offer parity so there would be no need to backup to USB at all?"

G-Speed eS Pro does meet these requirements. If you prefer portability over speed, the consider G-Speed Q.

(Gary I hope you don't mind me chipping in on this.)

Alex Gerulaitis
Systems Integrator
DV411 - Los Angeles, CA


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Gary Bettan
Re: RAID Solutions
on Aug 15, 2012 at 3:37:47 pm

good answer Alexi. Just one additional note, Because the G-Speed eS has a dedicated RAID controller, it gives you faster throughput. The G-Speed Q throughput is equivalent to a G-RAID. The benefit of teh Q is the RAID5 redundancy.

For more in depth info, check out the Vidoeguys NLE Storage Guide http://www.videoguys.com/Guide/E/Videoguys+NLE+Video+Storage+FAQ+Aug+2012+u...


Gary

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