Our new facility is in the process of setting up a SAN network. I'm the editor who will be using and overseeing this system the most. Here's what my goal is:
2 or 3 main edit workstations working off same storage network...sometimes same project, sometimes different projects. About 4 other workstations besides these to read and write to this network...but these workstations come and go depending on the project.
We already have fiber channel runs to all of these workstations. What we havent decided on is what San solution we will be using. My research makes me think MetaSan is the best solution...but one of our providers recommended to our IT guy that Fibrejet is the way to go. Up until today, I had only really heard of X San and MetaSan. From what I'm reading...file-level sharing seems to be the way to go.
I can only speak for MetaSan, but I highly recommend it. We installed it on a similar setup: we have 3 edit suites w Kona LHe's and 2 computers (iMacs) that are just workstations. The great thing about MetaSAN is they give you a free 30 day trial. We are nearing the end of ours and I'll buy it.
Setting up is fairly easy, but their tech support did a nice and simple webex session with us and set up the control panel so it was perfect. Once setup, it works great. The only time I need to go to the control panel is when I try and mount another drive. I'm not sure why you have to go and tell it it's okay, but you do.
Great stuff. You might as well try the trial, though I would guess like me, you'll just stick with it once you try it.
I LOVE having a single volume that works on all 3 of our editing stations. Good stuff.