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Ed Murphy
Re: Strategy for Sharing Media Between Mac and Windows Premiere Pro
on Dec 6, 2012 at 8:05:29 pm

Thank you for the detailed response, Petros.

That all makes sense, and yes I forgot to mention I use jumbo frames wherever possible. It makes very little difference if at all, but I like to have it on in principle.

I'm sure we're going to upgrade to a new switch anyways, at least to solve the bottleneck I have over the 1GbE uplink from one 8 port Netgear to the other, and also to allow us more ports in general.

Do you think it would be pointless to aggregate links on the four MacPros once it is easy for us to do so with the new switch because of the train analogy you described? It sounds like it would possibly help in situations where one workstation was sending or receiving data to multiple NASs or other workstations in terms of a file transfer or similar. Is it also possible though, that the OS/network/NLE (PPro in this case) would be smart enough to use those multiple tracks when working with multiple sets of media? Perhaps only when that media is in different locations? (Stations.)

Also, you said "Our setup here has one primary station sending out to three other edit stations, all on GbE. It's certainly still a low-cost solution to a performance problem better solved by having the primary station on a 10GbE uplink"
Does this imply I could uplink via 10GbE to one of my NASs to at least improve performance to/from that node? I thought uplinks were only meant for other switches.
What I imagine asking that question:
Our largest NAS is the Qnap 879 Pro, which has the option to install a 10GbE NIC for about $300. I was looking at these 24 port HP switches:'>http://h17007. however those don't appear to have 10GbE uplink options. If I were to instead go with one that does appear to, such as the Cisco 2960-S line could I theoretically uplink via 10GbE to our 879 Pro for greater performance of at least that media storage to the rest of the network?

Thank you again for your thoughts.

Ed Murphy
Senior Editor / Technical Director
David Lynch Foundation Television

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