For over a decade, content creation infrastructure has been penetrated by IP-based networks and network-attached storage products. Even editorial shared storage, once the bastion of a handful of high-end facilities, has become commonplace throughout the industry with the help of network file systems and lower cost 1/10Gb Ethernet hardware and relative ubiquity of support in popular desktop operating systems.
In the move toward these networks, operators and administrators have learned to live with the challenges brought about by IP-based technology. These include dependency on external IT resources, variations in desktop OS network file system support, lack of isolation causing traffic disruptions and security concerns, and higher resource usage on desktop PCs when processing Ethernet transactions.
Are these limitations worth the benefits? Before jumping wholesale into an all-IP future, content creation professionals should consider what is lost in the move towards NAS topology, what is better achieved with a custom shared file system through Fibre Channel, and whether there is a happy medium to be found.