If Flash drives will be available in these kinds of capacities...do we just need a bunch of USB ports and or add-in cards with a bunch of USB ports?
Right now we're talking the embryo stage, not even infancy. Give it a year or two. I still remember buying 1GB flash drives for almost $50. If I extrapolate that price to 1000GB.....
Using a simple doubling of $3500 for 1TB (likely to be more) you could build a 8 drive 4TB striped volume + LSI fastpath controller for about the same.
A lot more useful to those that both care about transfer speeds and would actually spend several thousand on solid state storage
Seems like a glorified tech demo, otherwise a 2.5" 1TB USB 3.0 drive is a little more than a hundred bucks.
SAN shares via 40GbE tunneled over 56Gb infiniband links
microcenter & ebay = severe risks to my wallet
So unless you really need ultra-portable storage, there are probably better solutions for your storage needs.
I have a Thumb drive on a new rig that thru USB 3.0 does
READ 200mb/s WRITE 40mb/s
my SSD running on SATA III does
READ 497mb/s WRITE 426mb/s
so agreed flash drives and USB 3.0 has a ways to go to catch up to SSD speeds
and by the time they do, we will prob have SATA IV
SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE1T0BW 2.5" 1TB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $599
Or a PCIe based one (much faster):
OCZ Technology RevoDrive 3 X2 series PCI-E 960GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)-RVD3X2-FHPX4-960G 8 GB-s Slim $1626
If you wait, you can buy a very fast SSD by Kingston that is 4TB large. Not yet for sale, though:
Interestingly enough, Kingston also has what they call a SATADIMM - a SATA drive placed into an unused memory slot! It draws power from the DIMM slot but no data is sent that way. Instead, it sends DATA over a SATA cable to your normal SATA slot. They make them up to 480GB in size.
or you can wait for these to come out
That sounds more like the replacement for optical media, not the next harddisk tech
These were actually closer to making the market than the crystals
but sadly this company InPhase ran out of money
and company that took over hvault.com doesn't look any closer to having something either.
SSD's appear to be with us for awhile