Usually, common access of many computers to centrally stored data would be achieved by a NAS solution, but due to performance reasons this was not applicable in this case. Instead, Fibre Channel RAID systems, connected to the computers via a FC switch and FC host adapters, were offered. These RAID systems operate with inexpensive SATA hard disks, pooled together via RAID 6 thus forming a failure-protected network.
Block-level data access via 4 Gbit Fibre Channel ports is considerably faster than file-level data access via the network, though, usually, only one computer at a time can access its allocated volume. Nevertheless, this restriction may be avoided by using metaSAN software produced by Tiger Technologies.
EUROStor certified this software together with the RAID systems and was able to offer a high-performance RAID solution for the common access of all video-editing stations in this case, too.