Posts Tagged ‘3PAR Cloud Support’

Smarsh Saves Big in the Cloud

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Smarsh started using 3PAR Utility Storage for it’s secure cloud infrastructure. Smarsh deployed the InServ T-Class Storage Server to support its Microsoft SQL Server database, and a second T-Class array to handle backup and recovery. Result = it reduced its database storage footprint by 66%, storage capacity requirements by 45%, and provisioning time by 40%.

“We evaluated multiple vendors and found that only 3PAR could address the unique reliability, performance, and scalability challenges we were facing while supporting SQL Server Always On Technologies,” said Stephen Marsh, CEO and founder of Smarsh. “In addition, 3PAR delivered superior technology as compared to other leading storage vendors.”

Smarsh experienced the following benefits by switching to the cloud:

  • Scalable performance: 3PAR’s massively parallel and autonomically load-balanced architecture has continued to deliver increasing performance and agility levels amidst exponential increases in data and user volume at Smarsh.
  • Always On Technologies: 3PAR’s support for Microsoft’s SQL Server Always On Technologies has enabled Smarsh to deliver customers continuous access to their billions of archived emails, even as thecompany has continued to scale to accommodate growth.
  • Maximum capacity utilization: With 3PAR, Smarsh has reduced its SQL storage footprint by two-thirds and nearly halved capacity requirements by improving capacity utilization using 3PAR’s Fast RAID technology and 3PAR Thin Provisioning software.
  • Expedited application development: 3PAR has helped Smarsh to accelerate the development and testing of new applications by enabling the company’s internal departments to share production-quality SQL Server data instantly, affordably, and flexibly using 3PAR Virtual Copy.
  • Rapid response to change: With its 3PAR InServ arrays, Smarsh has gained the ability to mix storage tiers and protocols within the same system, while autonomic tiered storage capabilities ensure the service provider’s ability to respond rapidly to changing business conditions for significantly less than monolithic storage.

“3PAR Utility Storage provided the resilient cloud infrastructure that Smarsh required to scale its business simply and efficiently while ensuring high and consistent performance levels,” said David Scott, President and CEO for 3PAR. “Smarsh customers, in turn, are benefiting from quick, reliable, and completely secure access to their archived data — a critical factor in proactively managing and mitigating risk.”

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3PAR Cloud Support Now With Red Hat Server Virtualization

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers will now be a part of 3PAR’s Cloud Support. With this announcement, 3PAR InServ Storage Server customers can choose the enterprise-class Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor to build and deploy a virtualization environment on a scale necessary for public or private cloud datacenters.

“Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization builds on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, which is trusted by many organizations around the world for their mission-critical workloads,” said Navin Thadani, Senior Director, Virtualization Business at Red Hat. “Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization provides compelling performance and scalability at a lower total cost of ownership, and the portfolio is well-suited to be deployed as a foundational cloud technology.”

3PAR Stated in a press release earlier today “With this expansion of the server virtualization platforms currently supported by the 3PAR InForm Operating System, joint 3PAR and Red Hat customers are now able to leverage Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to gain access to the following benefits of combining highly virtualized storage with server virtualization:

--  Up to 50% reduction in physical server purchases. 3PAR Utility Storage
    has been shown to increase virtual server performance without
    sacrificing reliability, which in some cases allows server
    virtualization customers to double the number of virtual machines
    configurable per physical server (also known as "VM density") without
    sacrificing performance or reliability. This means that Red Hat
    Enterprise Virtualization users may be able to purchase and deploy up
    to 50% fewer physical servers by choosing 3PAR Utility Storage over
    traditional storage arrays.

--  Simplified administration. 3PAR Utility Storage has been shown to
    reduce customer storage administration time by up to 90% in virtual
    server environments. The InServ platform includes autonomic storage
    management features designed to complement Red Hat Enterprise
    Virtualization, such as 3PAR Autonomic Groups. Combining the
    administration benefits of highly virtualized 3PAR Utility Storage
    with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization results in a leaner, more agile
    datacenter that can require less time to manage and maintain than
    datacenters using traditional storage.

--  Greater cost savings. 3PAR Utility Storage arrays reduce customer
    storage capacity requirements via thin technologies that break the
    traditional link between allocated and purchased capacity. For
    example, by leveraging 3PAR Thin Provisioning software during the
    up-front provisioning of storage resources, Red Hat customers are able
    to purchase and consume physical storage capacity only as needed. In
    addition, 3PAR's new Get Thin Guarantee program guarantees qualifying
    customers converting from existing "fat" volumes on traditional
    storage to new thin volumes on 3PAR a 50% reduction in storage
    capacity needed to support their Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

“Red Hat Enterprise Linux is an important platform for 3PAR customers,” said Craig Nunes, 3PAR Vice President of Marketing. “By combining the new Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor with 3PAR Utility Storage, we believe that service providers and other organizations building their own private clouds can get the job done on top of their existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment with fewer servers and less storage, in less time.”

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