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  • Two new Mac Pros, two Thunderbolt 2 RAIDs, one Thunderbolt Bridge ….

  • Eli Berg

    January 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Would it be better to build a server? That way we could both pull off the shared drives? Would that be fast enough?

    Have you done anything with the Mac Mini Servers from sonnet? Seems like an okay option

  • Bob Zelin

    January 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Eli –
    I know exactly what you want to do. You want to build a tiny shared storage system (2 users) that are using Thunderbolt 2, instead of Ethernet as the network connection. You want to plug in a drive array (Promise Pegasus, etc.) into a Mac Mini, and use Thunderbolt as the network connection. Will it work ?

    The answer is NO. We tried it. At this moment, even if you used a BRAND NEW Mac Pro cylinder as the server (which is thunderbolt 2, not thunderbolt 1), and connected your two Tbolt 2 workstations to the new Mac Pro (your instant Thunderbolt “switch”) – this STILL would not work – Thunderbolt 2 is not going to give you the consistant speeds that you will need to playback from the same drive array, that you can currently get from a conventional 1GbE network (least not a 10GbE network, which will work flawlessly).

    Much of this conversation was started by an editor in San Francisco Greg Leutenbauer, who was determined to make a Thunderbolt bridging network system work, instead of a conventional network. Well, we tried it. It ain’t happening yet.

    SO – can you use a Mac Mini with a Thunderbolt 1 drive array, a Thunderbolt to 10GbE adaptor, perhaps a little switch (if you need more than 2 connections) and go to your two Mac Book Pro workstations to have shared storage that absolutely works – YES YOU CAN. But not with just Thunderbolt (at this moment, not even Thunderbolt 2). And of course, for the record, the Mac Mini is Thunderbolt 1, not 2.

    bob Zelin

    Bob Zelin
    Rescue 1, Inc.

  • Johannes Obst

    March 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hi Neil,

    did you already receive the 16 bay RAID from Areca?

  • Sergei Yakovlev

    April 7, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Intel has just announced Thunderbolt Networking for PCs at NAB:

    Really exciting news. I hope Apple fixes its implementation in time for Intel’s PC drivers release.

  • Justin Hammons

    January 12, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Hey Bob! You seem to be the expert on here! Have a quick question about setting up our editing studio! We’re both video editing and design on both workstations and we do a lot with shared resources (primarily for the design side of the business…video editing tends to be more self contained).

    We currently have 1 Mac Pro, 1 Mac Mini and an Older Mac Pro (not the new one) and a 20 TB Pegasus Drive. We’re replacing the old Mac Pro with a new one and picking up a new 20 TB Pegasus.

    So we’ll have two Mac Pros, Two 20 TB Raids and a Mac Mini.

    So from what I can gather from the threads, the best networking scenario would be to attach a Pegasus drive to each of the Mac Pro’s via thunderbolt and then connect each of the Mac Pros to each other via ethernet network…

    What would have been ideal would have been to stack the raids onto the Mac Mini and connect the Mac Pros to the Mini through thunderbolt…but that seems to be problematic.

    Any suggestions. Is there another piece of hardware that we need to effectively use the Raid Systems as one central server and have each of the Mac Pros draw off of that shared storage?

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