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Alexander Perlman
RAID solution for small production company
on Mar 13, 2014 at 8:23:09 pm

I'm working for a small production company with 3 edit stations. Data is distributed across a dozen external hard drive. I think that we should upgrade to a NAS solution but I've never done that before. We need about 12TB of storage. If I understand correctly, I need to make sure that each client has 1G NICs, we need a 1GB network switch, and at least cat5e cable. I need to connect a NAS to one of the clients and make it accessible via the network. Is this correct?

Do you recommend any specific NAS enclosures?
What RAID do you recommend? We edit HD primarily with the occasional 4k. It's rare for two editors to be working on the same project at the same time.

Should we use raid0 for speed or will the ethernet be a bottleneck? What would the backup workflow be like using raid0? Should we just archive projects to an external drive?

Should we use raid5 for redundancy without sacrificing too much space?

Thanks!


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Bob Zelin
Re: RAID solution for small production company
on Mar 14, 2014 at 1:20:59 am

Accusys Exasan
Apace Systems
Apple XSAN
AVID ISIS
Cal Digit SuperShare
CommandSoft Fibre Jet
EditShare
Facilis
GB Labs
Maxx Digital
Other World Computing Jupiter Series
ProMax
Quantum StorNext
Small Tree
Studio Network Solutions
Tiger Technology Tbox

10GbE solutions from
Netgear ReadyNAS
QNAP
Synology

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
maxavid@cfl.rr.com


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Ryan Holmes
Re: RAID solution for small production company
on Mar 25, 2014 at 3:19:27 pm

If you're going to run a 1GB network, I would recommend Cat6 cable over Cat5e. I've had problems using 5e in those scenarios.

To add to Bob's list above, I'd throw in DDP - Dynamic Drive Pool. We just switched to them for storage last Fall moving away from our Apple XSAN and I really couldn't be happier. It's been easy to deploy, administrate, and maintain.

Ryan Holmes
http://www.ryanholmes.me
@CutColorPost


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Bob Zelin
Re: RAID solution for small production company
on Mar 27, 2014 at 12:53:52 am

Hi Ryan -
I take great offense to your blog post about "booth babes".
I will let you know that I will be wearing a Speedo at the Maxx Digital booth, as we demonstrate Thunderbolt 2 based shared storage solutions with the Mac Pro. If you were nice, I would have let you grabbed my butt - but now - forget it !

Bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
maxavid@cfl.rr.com


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Ryan Holmes
Re: RAID solution for small production company
on Mar 27, 2014 at 1:20:14 am

[Bob Zelin] "If you were nice, I would have let you grabbed my butt - but now - forget it !"

I guess I'll just have to chalk that up as my loss! :-/ Ya know....you win some and lose some!

Ryan Holmes
http://www.ryanholmes.me
@CutColorPost


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Michel West
Re: RAID solution for small production company
on Apr 2, 2014 at 10:52:55 pm

You want up to 256TB storage at 10gbe then look at:
JMRdotCOM


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