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  • What Are Choices for ISCSCI San Solutions Now?

    Posted by Richard Milner on June 9, 2005 at 2:23 pm

    If you were going to put together an ISCSI san (intially 5TB but scaleable to 20TB for up to 8 dv25 workstations running premiere pro) what are all the pieces you would use for?

    Storage,
    HBA,
    San software
    Other?

    What integrators have solutions to look at?

    John Mcclary replied 18 years, 11 months ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Hmurchison

    June 13, 2005 at 2:23 pm

    Richard here’s a couple choices. I’m no expert but iSCSI is seeing new vendors hop in every month it seems.

    Storage- Overland REO 1000, REO 4000, Snap Appliance 4500, Falconstor
    HBA- I like the Alacritech SES2000. You maintain all ethernet features yet still have the TOE iSCSI acceleration.
    San software- Tough one. Still expensive trying to find out more about DataPlow

    Other?- Stay tuned

  • John Mcclary

    June 23, 2005 at 4:39 pm

    You can also use Studio Network Solutions client software.

    John McClary

  • John Mcclary

    June 23, 2005 at 4:57 pm

    At the same price range you might want to look into the Terrablock server (www.facilistech.net). It comes as a tested system in one box (first switch is built into the server) and runs on Fiber Channel so the speed is surprising. We can digitize into it with three (probably four) clients without a hiccup. Many iSCSI vendors could only promise me one because of speed issues. Each client needs a $600 Fibre Channel card but client licenses are free (instead of $1200).

    We have been happy with its performance and are buying an additional Terrablock server within the month.

    John McClary

  • Richard Milner

    June 23, 2005 at 6:09 pm

    What happens when you want to take the storage up to 20Terrabytes and Beyond?

    Also, is there a performance problem if you have 15 seats of dv25 with the 20 Terabytes?

  • John Mcclary

    July 1, 2005 at 7:27 pm

    Those are the limits at this time, as far as I know. The guys at Facilis love to answer questions though so just ask them. The biggest plus (I think) is that they are very easy to administer. I use the 12D server every day.

    All the specs are on http://www.facilistech.net along with sample configurations.

    John McClary

  • John Mcclary

    July 5, 2005 at 5:28 pm

    The systems tops out at 19.6Tb for now (that’s two severs) and it runs 24 offline clients. If you worry about the bandwidth – it can run two uncompressed 10bit High Definition clients at the same time.

    John McClary

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