Thanks for showing your great support of DrivePool.
I just wanted to let everyone know that DrivePool is moving forward and very cool things are in the works.
Let me give you a rough road map of what's coming:
I believe that the current BETA merits a minor version bump, so it will be released as 1.1.0.xxxx. This is mainly because CoveFS received a significant overhaul. Other new stuff includes fast drive removal, network I/O boost, and an updated read striping algorithm using blocks.
I'm looking forward to this build
The seeds for it are already getting put in place.
We will have a completely extensible file balancing / file placement plug-in system. It will be extremely simple for anyone with basic programming knowledge to write DrivePool plug-ins that control file placement and balancing.
The plug-ins will be written in .NET.
What does this mean?
For one thing it will let the Scanner do things like automatically migrate your files off damaged disks. It will also give every DrivePool user full control over file balancing. You will be able to set limits on which disks can hold duplicated vs. unduplicated files and how much.
We'll have a few built-in plug-ins, but anyone is free to write any kind of plug-in that they like.
The new plug-in based system will be layered, so you can have multiple plug-ins interacting together to build one balancing model. So you won't be limited to selecting only one balancing algorithm.
What else can be done with this?
A performance optimization plug-in. Let your fastest disks save all the new files, and then you migrate those files to the slower disks at night automatically. You can even use a SSD for this.
Prioritize disk usage by age. Perhaps you don't want to risk putting any unduplicated files on a disk that's more than 3 years old.
Heat management. Place files on the coolest disk, up to a fill limit.
These are just some ideas that sound cool to me. Anyone would be able to write these kinds of plug-ins.
Multiple pool support.
Yes, you've asked for it and I think we can make it happen with almost no additional UI complexity.
Major new pooling capabilities that are being worked out now.
So that's the road map, and obviously as we move into the future things may change.