SOC running a disk.
ethernet please, although I don't care if its on copper or optical.
connect em all to the network directly, slap clustering software on the SOC. Use IPMI/RESTful.
do it smart and use IPV6 local domain for the disk to disk comms and clustering control, put the objectstore REST api on ipv4 for the clients.
Wheeeee. 4 or 5 C&C/Index servers. Who needs big storage systems.
<I'm tired, punchy and feeling adventurous. Take away my sudo su - now!!!>