network design

How are other networks out there set up?  The one here strikes me as odd.  It seems like there has to be a better way to do things.  

We have a server that is set up basically just for transferring files from one machine to the "transfer server".  Then the user requesting the file will log on to the transfer server and get it.  I can't understand why file sharing isn't enabled on the senders and receivers machines and just transferred directly.  Am I missing something?  

What is the advantage of using a transfer server?  

Should we stick with it and get a gigabit ethernet connection for it or just teach the users that they can transfer directly to each other?

The files don't really need to be monitored and backups should still work fine using retrospect on each machine.
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The advantages of using a transfer server is this:

-File sharing can slow down a computer expecially when someone is transferring files to or from your computer. Hence its better to let the receiver get the files at their conveneince (ie. NOT when theyre rendering a huge animation..heh)

-You can use the file server as a type of work pool. If there is 1 copy of a file that needs to be updated constantly then its always available to every user and there's only one copy. You avoid having 2 or more files that two different people updated making them both different. BIG pain in the you know what.

-You limit your network traffic by having everyone connect to ONE computer. If everyone was sharing files you could theoretically have every computer connected to every other computer. This would slow your network to a crawl.
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