We have moved all home directories and projects onto a network appliance(NetApp). This gives us greater reliability of storage, lower maintenance, and far simpler infrastructure. The downside of the transition is that the NetApp is mounted by a limited number of machines. Currently this includes our web servers and remote.cs.rpi.edu.
We plan to set aside some additional machines to rsync files between users local machines and the NetApp to help reduce the load on the remote access machines in the future.