I can imagine a rack of storage devices, not unlike the racks of SCSI drives we used to install in the 90's, with 8 racks, front and back, each with 8 disks in them, giving 128 spinning platters.
Replace these with computational storage devices, each with a high number of GB (if not TB) of storage and their own processor. Now imaging a parallel database that can send a query off to run in all of these simultaneously. Hadoop on steroids with go-faster stripes. Of DB2 (who remembers that) which parallelises easily.
Or more exotic stuff, such as facial recognition, or AI/NLP/Pattern Matching.
Am I alone in thinking that this could be the next game changer in the big iron arena?