Does a RAID impact remote video editing performance?
by Matthew Mister, on Jun 3, 2020 4:01:40 PM
Smaller scale RAIDs you can RAID together a couple of SSDs. If you have the network to support it or direct attach a thunderbolt or something you're talking over a gigabyte a second of data. RAID four of them together and you're potentially over 2 gigabytes a second of data.
The big problem with SSD RAIDs is the capacity compared to a hard drive. We get 16 terabytes on a single hard drive these days but finding a SSD over four terabytes is generally a pretty tough deal to find one that's cost effective.
They're absolutely usable remotely. But usually you're talking about those smaller RAID 1, RAID 0 in local, directly attached type environments.
A theoretical argument that I think is relevant. I would argue that a remote environment makes RAID either more important or less important. So with our MediaHubs and the way we set up remote environments, you've got a little server in every person's house and that data is syncing between all of those servers. In that scenario individual RAIDs at an individual's house is actually less important because that data is already being replicated to other locations just because of the design of the system. So in that scenario, RAID in a remote environment less important because it's backed up somewhere else.
On the other side of that, in a lot of remote workflows. Where you don't have syncing happening between what you're working on locally at your home and the larger data pool. Let's say you're working on a VPN, a push-pull, a proxy workflow where you're copying data and then locally working on that or you have unique data. This means a RAID is more important to be thinking about in a remote environment because you don't have the luxury of a shared storage environment where it's centralized and you know backup and data protection is up to the post production supervisor.