We have a digital media department that uses After Effects to produce content for different types of media boards, digital signage, post production etc. They start with Red 4K files which get edited in AE and rendered to different video formats. They want to move away from Windows PC based editors with multi drive RAID local storage to the new MAC Pro with 8GB fiber attached to a shared SAN storage solution. First question, is this a wise move to run After Effects? Second question is, do you need to create multiple logical volumes on the SAN storage to accommodate where AE render location, cache, source, database, and general media content files are stored or can this all be stored on different folders in one large 50TB volume? Third question is, should six different editors be sharing the location where these files are stored?
Third question is, should six different editors be sharing the location where these files are stored?
No. Each user should have his own home directory. Not for performance resons, but simply because they'll end up overwriting each other's files. The rest - logical volumes don't matter on your end, but SAN systems still use internal stripe groups, so it would make sense to define volumes on those stripe sets simply in the interest of performance. Beyond that AE doesn't really care. It uses the operating system's file I/O stuff and 'NIX based systems don't differentiate between local volumes or otehr resources as long as they are mounted correctly in teh file system.