3PAR Powers on iSCSI for Utility Storage

Simple and efficient storage now paired with simple and efficient storage networking

FREMONT, CA, August 15, 2006 -- 3PAR® announced today the availability of native iSCSI connectivity for 3PAR InServ® Storage Servers. This capability gives new and existing customers the ability to extend their consolidation efforts and to take advantage of the utilization and management benefits of utility storage using both Fibre Channel and IP-based storage area networks (SANs).

"With iSCSI support, we can now consolidate even more applications onto our utility storage infrastructure," said Mark Douglas, vice president of technology at eHarmony. "The InServ Storage Server gives us a single storage platform that we can manage simply and efficiently across Fibre Channel and IP-based SANs."

iSCSI for Utility Storage enables customers to extend to their IP-based SANs the same dramatic cost reductions they receive when using 3PAR Utility Storage with their Fibre Channel SANs. iSCSI for Utility Storage customer benefits include:

  • Protocol-independent storage consolidation: Organizations may now supplement Fibre Channel-based storage deployments with an IP-based storage network while maintaining a single, consolidated storage pool.

  • Application server cost reduction: Instead of adding Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) for storage connectivity to each new server in large Linux® and Microsoft® Windows Server® environments, organizations can now reduce server deployment costs using built-in gigabit Ethernet ports and iSCSI drivers.

  • Database storage consolidation: A customer who previously selected network attached storage (NAS) to deploy in a high-growth database environment can retain its investment in an IP storage network while gaining the performance of a block-level system. At the same time, the customer can eliminate the incremental expense of NAS and the struggle of managing the proliferating number of NAS systems that can plague high-growth database environments.

"Users continue to look for more economic ways to deploy SAN environments than traditional Fibre Channel," said Dave Reinsel, IDC director of storage research. “Integrating iSCSI into its storage array designs allows 3PAR to expand its market beyond Fibre Channel SANs and enables it to address consolidation needs in the high-growth area of IP-based SANs. Users can take advantage of iSCSI solutions such as 3PAR's regardless of storage network type and can consolidate both Fibre Channel-based and IP-based storage."

iSCSI connectivity for the InServ Storage Server is enabled through the use of dual-ported iSCSI host bus adapters, which may be added to any InServ Storage Server non-disruptively. Adapters feature complete iSCSI and TCP/IP offload for enhanced performance and support for active-active iSCSI multipathing.

iSCSI for Utility Storage is available immediately and is supported with Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, and Microsoft Windows Server. Pricing for the 3PAR InServ Storage Server with four iSCSI ports starts at around $115,000 and includes installation, training, and three years of support.

“Where practical, storage companies should be indifferent about network protocols and we don’t force a choice between Fibre-Channel or iSCSI.” said David Scott, President and CEO of 3PAR. “All that matters is reducing the total cost of data for our clientele, and now 3PAR can offers its disruptive economic alternative to traditional arrays in both Fibre-Channel and iSCSI fabrics.”

About 3PAR

3PAR is a leading provider of utility storage, a simple, efficient, and massively scalable tiered-storage array for utility computing that lets customers serve more with less. 3PAR utility storage can cut an organization’s total cost of data by 50 percent. Capacity purchases and related costs can be cut by 75 percent while storage administration and associated expenses can be reduced by 90 percent. 3PAR Utility Storage is ideal for open systems storage consolidation, integrated data lifecycle management and performance-intensive applications.

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