Local or Network Rendering
An important rendering consideration is whether to run your jobs locally or on the network. The final decision can be personal, driven by costs or standards, or be the optimal choice for your organization. Before you decide, consider the following pros and cons:
Local rendering provides a known, reliable, dedicated rendering resource which may be ideal if you render multiple times per day and your jobs are not too large. However, a desk side, GPU rendering workstation limits the number of GPUs or CPU cores and may be too loud.
Network rendering is easily expandable and accelerates large scale, detailed renders. Although rack-mounted rendering systems are specialized and lack some of the capabilities of a desk side workstation, they easily make up for it in sheer density and power. Upfront system costs are also higher, but a network render farm holds the advantage in resource efficiency.