LANs as a Storage Backplane
The huge jump in LAN bandwidth in recent years enables use of the LANs as a “backplane” for storage.
The bandwidth gap between LANs and disks is increasing.
The bandwidth gap between LANs and SANs is narrowing.
Scale storage capacity/performance with the network by weaving storage into the network fabric.
A little distributed systems work can make it “hot-pluggable”.
Add caching where needed.
How to coordinate networked disks and memories safely and effectively to present a unified file system view?