This is one of those rare cases where making things easier on the user also makes things easier on you. With a Global Namespace in place you have flexibility similar to virtualization of servers. You can move file systems or folders transparently in the background without having to update users. For example, if you have a new NAS coming online that is more capacity-centric (large SATA drives) as opposed to performance-centric, you could identify infrequently accessed folders and move them to this server without having to interrupt the users day or update their configurations.
A Global File System is one of those advances in storage which will allow IT pro's to spend evenings in an unusual place ... home.
George Crump is founder of Storage Switzerland, an analyst firm focused on the virtualization and storage marketplaces. It provides strategic consulting and analysis to storage users, suppliers, and integrators. An industry veteran of more than 25 years, Crump has held engineering and sales positions at various IT industry manufacturers and integrators. Prior to Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one of the nation's largest integrators.