Need advice. We have an XP Pro machine that is connected to a SAN via a 4gb fibre-channel HBA. It has access to two volumes on a RAID unit whcih appear as drives D and E on the machine. This PC also connects to a gigabit copper network.
I want other machines on the copper network to be able to access files on the SAN disks so I have shared these drives on the XP PC. However, I am concerned about CPU load on this amchine as it is now effectively acting as a gateway between two interfaces. I know that sharing files on a machine can reduce performance but all my experience of this is in cases where the files being shared are on local drives on the machine, and usually consumer drives (IDE or SATA), where CPU time is used in accessing them. In this scenario, there is technically little the CPU is doing but I am worried that it will severely slow down the PC through the sheer amount of data travelling over it.
Can anyone help please?