Brian "Krow" Aker (krow) wrote,
Brian "Krow" Aker

Prediction for 2007: NAS, OpenWRT

A couple of days ago I saw the following image of Linksys's new NAS
product. The first question that popped into my head?

"What could the DD-WRT like projects do with this?"

If Linksys makes the product hackable at all there are all sorts of
nice little embedded projects one can do. If they are smart about it
they will leave enough of an open window for the NAS hackers to
extend these in ways that Cisco can't imagine. NAS is really at the
point of becoming a given in a modern household. I am aware of the
geeks who say "just install a linux box with blah, blah..." who miss
the point that Appliances are an end user solution. Appliances are
the future.

The established NAS players don't get this either. I had lunch with a
VP from one of the companies early last year and they didn't even
seem to be aware that low end solutions were available.

These low end solutions will become commodities that will show up in
data centers pushing out the major NAS vendors. Why not build build
file storage off of redundant low end components?

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