Bounty 100 rep coming: I know I'm asking a lot here and I'd like a detailed/quality answer so, as soon as I am able, I'll be adding a 100 rep bounty to this question.
I'm trying to illustrate the problem of this setup to my superiors but I'm not a professional system administrator; So, I figured I'd ask the pro sysadmin community for some backup on this one.
The configuration consists of:
- 3 Promise Pegasus R6 configured as Raid 50 arrays chained via a Thunderbolt (copper) interface
- A Mac Mini server running as a dedicated file server
- A Cisco 4900M Catalyst switch (don't ask ::sigh::)
- 3 iMac Workstations
- 2 Dell Laptop Workstations
- 3 Xerox Production Printers
Here's a little background. The workstations are dedicated to professional graphic design and video editing and the storage array's primary purpose is to act as a data repository for the workstations.
What I'd like to know is, what is the maximum theoretical throughput of the connection from a workstation to the storage array broken down into simple terms (Kilobytes/s Megabytes/s).
Note: Brownie points if you can illustrate a NAS (Network Attached Storage) setup with equal or better throughput.
For those who are curious, the controllers are Promise Pegasus R6. You can find the spec sheet here.