Considering a setup with 2 Finalcut/Shake Macs connected to XRaid through Fibrechannel.
Is it possibles for PCs to mount the XRaid through ethernet for writing 3D renderfiles?
Will it affect the Macs that the PCs are mounting through their Fibrechannel bus?
Any suggestions for FC-switch?
How do you want to control access to the XServe RAID? One channel per system? XSan? FibreJet? Something else? Depending on which software you do use for managing your SAN there are different ways to access the data on the XServe RAID from remote stations. The network interface on the XServe RAID is for configuring the system only. You cannot access the drives through it.
While you can definitely create a regular mount share using Xsan to expose your storage to LAN clients, I do believe that Apple recommends you create this share on a metadata controller, as to not affect the performance of other users.
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Our plan is to use SNS or similar to access data on the SAN (XRaid) from the 2 Mac editing/compositing workstations, connected through a Fibrechannel switch. A render farm of PCs should be able to access the SAN through Gigabit Ethernet for writing 3D renderings (mostly during the night). We prefere to avoid a Metadata controller, and only run with the simple workstation setup…