Cereva's subsystem will be rack-mounted and capable of expansion. Initially, a single subsystem will consist of seven 7-foot rack enclosures, each containing 17 terabytes of disk space for a total of almost 120 terabytes, which can connect to "hundreds and hundreds of servers," the company claims. Equipment from EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and Hewlett-Packard has upward capaacities ranging from 27 to 37 terabytes.
The Cereva subsystem attaches to the Internet via routers, Layer 4 switches and reverse proxy caching devices. It also has multiple Fibre Channel connections to storage-area networks for block and streaming media data, and Gigabit Ethernet connections for network-attached storage, HTTP or FTP data.
The Gartner Group estimates the size of the SSP market alone will grow from $10 million in 1999 to more than $7.5 billion in 2003.
Founded and managed by veterans of IBM, Thinking Machines, Cabletron, Compaq and Newbridge Networks, well-heeled Cereva is expected to beta-test its subsystem this quarter. The company received $110 million in venture backing from a variety of investment partners.