My name is Scott and I work for a large Children's hospital in Houston, TX. Our IT department has received a request to provision a workstation for a user that will be doing some very heavy video editing of movies capture from the OR (operating room). These movies will utilize video captured from several different cameras (HD) and they will be compiled into projects. The projects will never really go away, as these will be teaching tools and a future video library. Basically when a project is finished, it is very possible that the user may be asked to use the raw video again and create another project based on it at any time. So, in a nutshell, captured surgeries may be archived, however, they must be available for use at any time.
Also, this user may soon have a "team" of up to 5 or more users doing the same thing.
I have specked out a Mac Pro dual processor tower with 24gb ram, a 4TB raid with raid card, and dual video cards with dual 27" apple displays.
What I am very curious about is network storage. Here at the hospital we already utilize SAN storage and have the ability to house 100's of terabytes of live storage that is backed up regularly. I am not too keen on video editing... I have done some but on a very small scale. My question is... doesn't your storage for Video editing have to be super fast? I mean... just having a dedicated Gigabit switch wouldn't be fast enough for retrieval would it? I was thinking that a 10GB switch or even a Fiber connection would be necessary for the amount of bandwidth needed for rendering and finalizing???
I am not sure what to do here, because the hospital is going to spend ~$10,000 per workstation and I don't want to implement anything that has huge bottlenecks and that might not be usable... I mean we are spending the money, we want to get it right the first time. Any input would be much appreciated.