order of hookup for 10 g
I’m trying to understand the order of how components can be hooked together in a 10g situation (just 2 computers) and at what point adding a device to the mix becomes a “time for a switch and server” situation.
(Bob Zelin can chime in anytime)
As a small, one man shop, i really don’t have a lot of need for shared storage. I run a Windows HP workstation (thunderbolt) with Avid, DS, Resolve, and Fusion as my main programs.
I have a cubex expander with a couple of extra graphics cards, and use both Kona and BM IO hardware, depending on the program.
I have a Pegasys R6 hooked up as my main storage. Everything is wonderful…execpt i’m always looking for it to be better.
Yes producing a ProRes file is a pain in the butt. I play out to a hyperdeck, and it creates a beautiful file…but wouldn’t it be nice to just render to that if needed?
I recently saw the Mixing Light tutorials on setting up a “proRes dongle” using a mac as a remote render box.
Since i have 2 Avid dongles, and 2 Resolve dongles, i thought Hmmmmm.
Found a great deal on a 2015 imac locally, and brought it into the room, put Avid on it, put Resolve on it, and started playing with remote rendering, or in the case of Avid, sharing my projects and drives to allow it to do the final render.
I don’t usually need to work on 2 projects at once, i just like the idea of one box outputting what the other box built.
I shared my pegasys over the network so the imac sees it, and seems quite happy with that. I know there can be issues trying to access the same media on the same drive at the same time…not what i’m typically trying to do. For now, i just put the pegasys into a read only mode for the imac while i play, and check out the increased render times over a 1 g network.
I have looked at SANmp and am intriged by it as well, and am testing it in this workflow as well.
My question is in trying to hook two computers together, using 10g instead of 1G.
If i bought the Qnap with Thunderbolt and 10 G… and ran the thunderbolt to the imac, and put a 10g card in my PC and ran to that, i believe that would be an attainable solution.
But my brain doesn’t like to stop that quickly. I start in on the what ifs.
What if i don’t have enough lanes in my PC for a 10g card. (its pretty packed in there with thunderbolt, Kona, minisas, esata, and a 1070 graphics card.
Then i could run the Qnap to the PC with thunderbolt, and use a Thunderbolt to 10g adapter to hook up the qnap to the imac. That would work right?
But what happens to my pegasys? I love my pegasys…hasn’t had a hickup in 3 years.
Can i incorporate that as well, or does it just stay as a direct attachment to the main box?
Is that where SANmp can come into play? (i do have a mac mini with a sonnet expander as well if needed to host something else)
If i had SANmp running on the imac, with the pegasys connected to it via thunderbolt, and then the Sonnet thunderbolt to 10 g on the other thunderbolt port, could i then connect that 10 g cable straight into my PC (assuming i can get a 10g card in my pc) and my pc could access the pegasys via 10G? That would eliminate the need for the qnap right now right?
But what if…in the future i need more storage, and i bring in another device…say a Qnap, how does it connect to what i already have…are we now looking at a switch and a server situation?
I’m not worried about a solution for a minimal amount of money, not that money is no object..i’m trying to understand how the pieces could work together.
Can you connect more than 1 device into a direct computer to computer 10g setup?
I know there are plenty of devices out there, advertising on this site that offer shared storage solutions.
I know there are portable solutions and bigger solutions. I’m not desperate to go out and spend money on this idea, but i want an understanding of what is and isn’t possible on a direct connection.
What i’m not interested in right now is a big rack with a shared storage bay. My office space is not tiny, but i don’t have room for a loud set of drives. (i have an AvidRaid SR that spends most of its time turned off because its just too loud for my current situation)
I know thats a lot of what ifs…but at this stage, its as much about understanding the technology, so that if and when i need it, i’m more prepared.