Bringing down the cost of storage is a big focus now as files continue to grow in size and retention becomes more popular with even casual users. Services like Amazon and Netflix require huge amounts of storage to keep their products on and every penny they can squeeze results in better profits for themselves and shareholders. Seagate is addressing this with their new Kinect, a type of HDD which connects directly over Ethernet without needing server infrastructure to work. There is a working demonstration of this technology using Bigfoot JBOD at OpenStack and AOL is at least somewhat interested in testing arrays of these drives. The Register offers a bit more information here, hopefully more will be forthcoming after the OpenStack conference wraps up.
"Kinetic is a disk drive directly addressed over Ethernet using Get and Put-style object storage commands using an open source API. The idea is that applications can directly use banks of these drives without having to go through complex filesystem software stacks or block access protocols and storage array controllers."
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Could I in
Could I in theory..? Use this to directly sync with a web enabled smart device to create a portable hot-spot server off of power over Ethernet / solar / heat transfer power. If you transfer that technology to SSD you could then bring power requirements down.
Could create little hubs to plant around to share information with people in a new way, third world applications for education perhaps. Or a group of friends living on an island to have a central massive media hub off of the world wide web. Seems like it just simplifies the process so much, and without needing all the extra equipment going off grid just got even easier for geeks? I more so consider it a backup. I like the idea of communitized ISP.
Very interesting, but clearly
Very interesting, but clearly not for consumer use… yet.
A bit more information, Ha!
A bit more information, Ha! if you are going to cut and paste to an article synopsis, please do so, but link to a better source. Damn it Register, you are going downhill fast. Any chance for Seagate to offer a 1TB backup drive with a gigabit Ethernet interface, that works via the OS file system, so my old USB 2.0 only laptops can backup faster than 480 megabits per second. But a Drive that is its own storage node, is interesting.
And: As one of the Reg commentards noted, that is a SATA interface in the photograph, and Huawei has had such products for a year now!