Build an Xsan with Thunderbolt Shared Storage

smashfacekeybrd's picture

I saw something wonderful and new at NAB today. The Accuses ExaSAN Thunderbolt shared storage shouldn't exist but there it is. With 16 x 4TB drives and 4 Thunderbolt ports out the back to connect 4 clients (one of which could be a Mac mini acting as a Xsan 4 controller). That leaves 3 spots for Mac clients for a small editing SAN or post-production workflow. Prices to be revealed soon, I hope. Very interesting for small setups.

Blog post with pictures.


Mat X


Accusys's picture


Here comes two introduces videos as reference :) => connection => small demo with Xsan

abstractrude's picture

looks cool, what type of performance should users expect from the box? If you have two, does a client computer simply need to be connected to both?

-Trevor Carlson

abstractrude's picture

haha that raid admin software looks familiar. cool solution for small SANS. what about options for scaling above these 4 ports? Switching more than 4 ports etc?

-Trevor Carlson

crystal's picture

Hi Trevor,

If you want to go with more than 4 thunderbolt client computer, you could take a look at Accusys PCIE SAN solution.
It could connect 12 thunderbolt clients via using SAN switch
and the thunderbolt to PCIE converter C1M

paysan's picture

Here are some performance test numbers from A16T2Share + Xsan, as below (all is under AJA system tool with setting 4096x2160 10bit RGB, 16GB file size);
- 1200 MB/s on single client accessed
- 1000 MB/s (each client) on two clients accessed simultaneously
- 600 MB/s (each client) on three clients accessed simultaneously

step by step for simple setup