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Magic Fairy Dust
Nathaniel CooperAug 1, 2019 10:27:00 AM1 min read

Magic Fairy Dust



Here's a question you probably didn't expect. Does Magic Fairy Dust increase performance on a video network?

What do you think? Because I highly doubt it. I'm more convinced that a lot of vendors want you to believe that. So let's take a look at what actually causes performance.

There are two things to look at when it comes to performance:

  1. Your individual network 
  2. Your aggregate network

We'll start with the individual workstations, they need a high-quality 10G NIC set up by somebody who knows what they are doing.

A lot of vendors, including ProMAX perform Network Performance Tuning so does this really matter? It helps, performance tuning is real and it helps, but its the 20% not the 80%. So when you want to maximize an individual workstation make sure it has that 10G NIC and make sure a professional sets it up. Any performance tuning on top of that is just icing on the cake.

Now when it comes to your aggregate network performance, check out our Maximum vs. Sustained Performance blog. This will help you understand how to read specs from vendors. 

To maximize the performance on your aggregate network you'll need two things.

  1. A modern system, it should be 12G SAS Internal
  2. Enough drives, preferably SSD's

If you can afford SSD's, go SSD especially when you are looking to improve sustained performance over a long period of time. It makes a huge difference and nothing will get you better performance than having more drives. It's pretty simple, having 24 drives in your system will net you better performance than having 16 drives.

So max out those drives, get high quality 10G NICs, work with companies that know how to set these things up and you will have awesome performance.


Nathaniel Cooper

As Chief Operating Officer of ProMAX Systems, Nathaniel Cooper, runs ProMAX Systems day to day operations. Cooper has been working with Storage, Backup and Media Management for video and creative professionals since 2001. Cooper has lead the design and deployment of some of the largest media systems in the world including a range of customers from NFL, MLB & NBA teams, US Military operations, and many of the worlds largest PR agencies and consumer brands. Cooper has spent the last 9 years as part of the ProMAX team and specializes in translating complex technical issues and options into easily understandable concepts.