Greg Ferro of EtherealMind comments:
Put an Ethernet port directly onto the hard disk drive controller sounds obvious unless you work in the storage industry where shibboleths are notoriously difficult to abandon. EMC and NetApp are still building arrays that use Infiniband and FiberChannel as backplane protocols and selling them as “modern”. But the possible uses of an Ethernet connected hard drive are many and varied
Dropping an Ethernet port on a hard disk drive sounds crazy. Until you start thinking about it less like a mass storage device and more like an object storage device. Then it might just be crazy enough to work.