It's been a long day listening to talks about the emergence of flash memory, cloud computing, open source storage solutions, and general purpose storage servers. My favorite talk was by Art Licht, who is a principal engineer at Sun.
His presentation, General Purpose Storage Servers, talked about how it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell storage boxes and servers apart. In fact, by using OpenSolaris and ZFS, companies can create much-less expensive storage than what is currently being provided by proprietary storage solutions. And, in most cases, the performance and reliability are better!
And, this solution doesn't mean you have to buy Sun hardware, although we hope you do. OpenSolaris runs on Intel and AMD-based machines...really, it's true!
Oh, BTW, here's a link to the caricature of me drawn by Doug Shannon during the OpenSolaris Summit on Sunday. I'm the one on the right, top row. Not pretty....