Advice on our new network
We are currently in the process of completely re-designing our school networks, we are looking at replacing all our current servers with a number of servers and a replicated SAN setup we are also installed a Mac network with at least 30 iMacs running final cut studio and my question is we are going to be separating the windows/Mac network storage areas by using a separate XRAID for the Mac network with SATA drives, do you think these drives will be fast enough to cope with 30+ student copying large final cut files over the network or do we really need SAS drives? the XSERVE will not be doing any of the final cut rendering we are going to be using the local machines to do all the hard work then at the end of the lesson students copy their final cut folder back up to the XRAID, then if they do any word/office stuff this will be stored on the replicated windows SAN.
If anyone else uses final cut studio (the full version not express) how to you have this setup? Do you have a central SAN like we are looking at or do you use local storage and not store it any ware on the network? Any help or advice would be really useful.
Forgot to mention the apples and window clients will be on the same active directory so they the student can access both the apple and windows SANs from any workstation be it either windows or Mac around the school.