I work for a smaller video production house and we have a few hacks running here. One of them right now is working as our server to backup footage and projects, but all the editing bays currently transfer all of a projects footage onto local drives when working on a project. I'd like to build a central storage server that the footage lives on, and all the editors work through the network when connecting to the footage. If possible I'd like to re-purpose the current server. Here are the specs for it:
Intel Core i5-3570k
16 GB of Ram
Right now I have maxed out the SATA ports on the board. I have four 3TB drives, stripped into two 6TB pairs, one backs up the other. I have two 4TB drives, one backs up the other. And some other storage drives for minor things. I currently have 4 editors working daily, but would like this system to be scalable up to about 6 or 7 editors if possible. How could I go about turning this hack into something that could serve out footage through the network to 4 editors? Would I need to consider setting up the server for 10GB network and leave everyone else on Gigabit network? Do I need to look at a RAID card to increase speed?
Also do I need to think about running OSX server on this machine?
Thanks for any help, I really appreciate it!