Need to setup filesharing for 15 macs / photo retouching

I'm currently using a 4TB Buffalo Terastation NAS, with all users connected by ethernet. What's the best way to improve overall speed performance? Users need to work directly off the shared drive. We are a small retouching studio. The current setup is very slow, esp. when multiple users save/move files at the same time.
Could I use Snow Leopard server running on a Mac Mini and if so what are my fastest storage options? Am I limited to Firewire 800 speeds?

When you hit a raid with 15 threads, (even low bandwidth) it will slow down a great deal.
When we set up systems like this for video editors, we configure and optimize the raids for shared access.
Also, keep in mind that when you do a finder drag to your local machines, the bottleneck will be your local harddisk. It probably tops out at 40MB/sec. I imagine your clients are mostly gigabit.
Small Tree sells storage and very large network cards (6 port gigabit and 10Gb) for just this kind of thing. You should check us out.

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