[Tom Matthies] “Yes, for the near future anyway. The production workflow here is based on FCP at this point and won’t likely change soon. It works so we’re sticking with it for now.”
Well, you have a lot of options.
SNS is great.
We beta tested, then subsequently purchased a Sonnet VFibre system. It’s a fibre/ethernet based storage system strapped to a Windows 7 box (it’s an “all-in-one” 16 drive rack mount unit, CPU, storage and all). It uses metaSAN as the SAN software and the windows box is the metadata server.
The nice thing about metaSAN is that once it’s installed on all of your clients, your computers see the storage as HFS+, even though the actual drive connected to the Windows machine is formatted NTFS.
It’s been working great and we are very happy. It comes with 4 fibre ports (no need for a dedicated switch unless you need more ports) and you can also serve ethernet out of it as well. It has a 10Gb port which you can hook up to a 10 to 1 switch (10Gb in, then 10 ports of 1Gb out) depending on your needs.
It’s rather flexible, but that’s what we wanted as we have no idea what’s happening with our NLE future quite yet. We needed more storage capacity, a SAN seemed pretty necessary, and this system offered a lot of options from OSX to Windows to Linux, Avid to FCP to PPro. It is also expandable if we need more storage in the future.
Are you going to NAB? If so, there would be a great place to look at all the SAN options. There’s a lot of them.