This gives me hope… Chelsio’s 10GbE Storage Accelerators. Featuring iSCSI, RDMA, and TOE on a single card. Just think of the possibilities. Grid nodes with a single cable out of the back on which you can iSCSI boot (OpenQRM anyone?) and completely virtualize my network topology such that I can reconfigure any box in any way without having to go onsite and recable. Ultimate flexibility and all the bandwidth you need for years to come. Combine that with the iWARP low latency RDMA coming to 10Gb Ether and you have something super exciting.
Now….. pair up a card like this with OpenSolaris VNIC’s and the world is a very very tasty place.