Startup Aims Storage Solutions at Providers
Compared with their enterprise counterparts, SSPs and ISPs are a needy bunch.Compared with their enterprise counterparts, SSPs and ISPs are a needy bunch. With large numbers of customers whose storage needs are constantly fluctuating, storage service providers and Internet service providers demand storage servers that are flexible and scalable. A Marlboro, Mass., startup believes it has the answer. Cereva Networks Inc., which launched last week, is planning to release a storage system this quarter designed for service providers. It will include integrated network and switch capabilities tied to a common storage disk array and will be able to scale up to 230 terabytes. By the end of the second quarter, the company plans to pump that up to 920 terabytes. That is comparable with Hitachi Data Systems Corp.s Lightning 9900 series, which scales to 37 terabytes, and EMC Corp.s Symmetrix, which scales to 23 terabytes.
Beta tester Peter Kirwan, chief technology officer for NaviSite Inc., of Andover, Mass., said Cerevas system is custom-fitted for the ISP user. A key feature is that additional servers can be deployed without disrupting the system. Virtualization software turns the physical disk drives into a logical pool.