Share existing storage or go external?
Hi guys, I’ll be moving on from my custom built workstation to a mac studio soon and am thinking about what to do with my storage. I will be keeping my workstation for occasional 3D rending with it’s 3 x GPU setup.
My workstation is a large tower with 6 x 3.5″ 4TB drives attached to a Areca card in RAID 10.
I was thinking about moving the drives into an external QNAP box or similar and sharing the storage between both machines.
As the workstation will still physically be there and is already set up with a reliable RAID, is there any reason why I can’t use it as a server and share the storage with the Mac Studio? Both machines have 10GbE capabilities.
My gut feeling says that although it may be technically possible to set up my tower as a server, the software in an external box may be geared more towards delivering consistent performance in a video editing environment. Maybe Bob has drummed this into me over the years haha.
The workstation is a hackintosh with 3 x nvidia 1080Ti cards but has been rock solid for years. Because of the nvidia cards I’m limited to macOS 10.13.6.
I’m not interested in upgrading or swapping the GPUs as they are sufficient for the occasional 3D work I do.
I also have a Windows installation but would prefer to stick with macOS because I will still be using the machine occasionally.
The two machines won’t be used at the same time, unless perhaps if the tower is rendering I will switch to the Mac but that shouldn’t be a huge drag on the drives.