While computing in general is in the midst of smassive change with regards to virtualization, 64-bit computing available to Linux and Windows platforms, processing cores and very high RAM quantities, storage is about to go through something big as well, thanks to CleverSafe.
CleverSafe provides an open-source storage grid that slices data across many datastores through a proprietary algorithm. The figure below shows the basic principle in a greatly distributed sliced-storage grid across 9 international datastores:
While jumping into something like this would require some major planning and a buy-in, enterprises have the option of running just the Slicestors server on one system for the purposes of evaluation. The Slicestors system role would install an iSCSI adapter into your system to connect to storage, and once configuration is complete, normal mount commands would be used for access. Also, Cleversafe works best with CentOS, if you’re interested.
Cleversafe is a few years old, but you can expect to see some product maturation soon, as I predict this will become even more popular with enterprises. I will see Cleversafe at Technosium 2008 tomorrow in Santa Clara, California and will be sure to follow-up on this.