Since When Is This New?
Putting intelligence on the drive shelves is not a new, novel idea. LSI put intelligence all the way down on the drive controllers themselves years ago. And coupled it with SoC's on the trays. While distributed everything always sounds good and efficient, it also increases costs and troubleshooting complexities. Who's asking for this capability? There tends to be a trend in engineering companies to take an 'if we build it, they will buy it' mentality. LSI did that, they became Engenio, then they became NetApp, now they're almost phasing out.