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3PAR INTRODUCES NEARLINE FOR ONLINE;Supports Cost-Effective Enterprise-Class SATA Configurations for Online Applications

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Fremont, CA, February 19, 2008--3PAR® (NYSE Arca: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today the introduction of "Nearline for Online," an innovative approach to cost-optimized storage. 3PAR Nearline for Online is designed to enable customers to deploy traditional Nearline drives--high-capacity, low-cost enterprise-class SATA--for all their applications, including demanding online applications that typically require premium Fibre Channel capacity. With Nearline for Online, 3PAR Utility Storage customers have the ability to meet service level requirements of both online and nearline applications with a single, consolidated, massively scalable system using only Nearline disk drive technology.

"3PAR provides us with a simple and efficient tiered-storage platform upon which we can grow our business," said Tony Tarone, Director of Service Operations for Cedar Document Technologies. "The use of nearline capacity within the 3PAR InServ® Storage Server gives us maximum flexibility in fine tuning our storage needs for cost optimization without sacrificing performance. The decision to go all Nearline was not practical with competitive solutions and has resulted in significant cost savings for Cedar."

In traditional storage systems, premium Fibre Channel drives are typically used for "online" applications while enterprise-class SATA drives are generally used for less demanding "nearline" applications such as archiving, backup, and lower-cost replication. With 3PAR’s Nearline for Online, customers have the opportunity to reliably deploy only cost-effective Nearline drives for both online and nearline applications, resulting in greater cost optimization.

3PAR Nearline for Online is enabled by the following distinct technology advantages of 3PAR Utility Storage:

  • Purpose-built virtualized storage platform: 3PAR Utility Storage is designed to deliver high and predictable levels of performance through the wide striping of data across all enterprise-class SATA drives in an InServ Storage Server. The result is high performance for online applications from cost-effective Nearline drives.

  • Support for Nearline drive technology in a tiered-storage array: 3PAR’s support for Nearline drive technology provides both cost-effective capacity and greater levels of reliability than found with traditional SATA-based array technologies. 3PAR’s support of Nearline builds on a virtualized platform that supports a broad range of price/performance tiers, including 146-GB Fibre Channel Drives, 400-GB Fibre Channel Drives, and 750-GB enterprise-class SATA drives. While customers continue to mix tiers in a single 3PAR InServ Storage Server, Nearline adoption has grown significantly.

  • Rapid RAID Rebuild: The InServ Storage Server is designed to leverage its massively parallel and highly virtualized design to rapidly and intelligently rebuild RAID protection in the event of a drive failure. Focused on rebuilding only lost, used "chunklets" (not the entire capacity of a failed drive), 3PAR Rapid RAID Rebuild sources data from associated "raidlets" across a broad, distributed set of drives. Data is rebuilt into a global spare chunklet pool that is widely distributed across drives as opposed to being housed on a single drive. As a result, raidlets are returned quickly to a fully protected state while maintaining high production application performance.

"Data requirements change constantly, and unfortunately administrators rarely know until well after the fact that a change has occurred," said Steve Duplessie, Senior Analyst and Founder at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Storage has been pretty binary and manual, requiring administrators to make 'either or' type decisions--either faster and more expensive or slower and cheaper. 3PAR is creating more of a hybrid model that lets the system figure out where to put things in order to optimize the demand priorities balanced within the economic realities."

The native tiered-storage capabilities of the InServ Storage Server already give customers the ability to configure both Fibre Channel and Nearline drive capacity within the same system--allowing them to consolidate applications while accommodating multiple data service levels (performance, availability, cost). For many environments, internal tiering remains an optimal solution and an important component of 3PAR's offering. 3PAR sales engineers are available to help customers determine appropriate technologies and configurations for their particular environments based on performance-to-capacity density requirements. In addition, with 3PAR Dynamic Optimization, customers can non-disruptively convert data service levels as needed across Nearline and Fibre Channel storage tiers with a single command.

"Many of our customers already enjoy tremendous cost benefits by consolidating storage tiers with 3PAR Utility Storage," said David Scott, President and CEO for 3PAR. "With Nearline for Online, customers now have an additional opportunity to achieve a resilient data storage infrastructure at the lowest possible cost. It is through 3PAR’s highly virtualized storage platform that we have made this possible."


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