The right path is to solve the problem on the OS level, and make the network folder available with a local path. How that works is dependent of the type of network file system (SMB? NFS? AFS? something completely different?)
If you want to do the file copying with Perl, you can then do it to that local path, just as if it were also stored locally. If not, I don't see the connection to perlmonks.
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