I’m posting this on a couple of different forum:
Here at Racecar we have 8 workstations (could grow to 12-15) and 30 render slaves. We’re all mac. We use C4D and After Effects. Our projects are mainly broadcast motion graphics. In crunch periods our network is struggling so we’re in the process of upgrading the whole network backbone and our server.
At the moment we have gigabit ethernet for everyone including render slaves. Our server is a Mac Pro 2010 with an old X-Raid attached over 2gb fiber. The server is attached to the network over 6 aggregated gigabit ports.
The X-raid i peaking at ca 300 mb/s
Ideally we would like to keep the slaves on gigabit ethernet with a dedicated switch, but upgrade the workstations and server/raid to higher speeds on an other dedicated switch. Then stack those over 2-4 sfp port. Workstations and render slaves all read and write to the same share.
So here comes my question:
What protocol do you guys recommend? Fiber or 10GB ethernet? Is there anything else out there?
What kind of server/raid would you recommend? We got a quote on one but it could only deliver ca 1000 mb/s. I’m thinking we need something that can deliver upwards to 3000mb/s?
(we’re not doing windows, but we might do linux if we have to)
Our budget is approx € 25.000,-
Do you have any thoughts on this? Any advise is appreciated.