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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

3PAR Extends Utility Storage With 500 Gigabyte Nearline Disk Drives

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FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- 3PAR(R), the leading provider of Utility Storage, today announced that 500 gigabyte Nearline drives are now available, extending 3PAR Utility Storage across both Fibre Channel and Nearline storage tiers. These high-capacity, low-cost drives broaden the consolidation value of 3PAR Utility Storage to a new set of applications, including archiving, backup caching, and lower cost replication.

Unlike traditional ATA-class drives, which would require distinct drive enclosures, 3PAR Nearline drives embed a Fibre Channel interface and are supported within the same enclosure as the 3PAR InServ(R) Storage Server's Fibre Channel disk drives. Customers can enjoy the cost savings of adding Nearline-class drives to the InServ, a tiered-storage array, simply and efficiently, with no incremental enclosure investment.

3PAR Nearline disk drives offer a cost-effective alternative to Fibre Channel drives for select applications and address many of the drawbacks associated with similarly inexpensive ATA drives. Some benefits of Nearline drives over ATA include the following:

-- Higher reliability: Nearline drives are rated for higher mean time between failure (MTBF) and for more rigorous duty cycles with near-continuous 24x7 workloads. -- Higher availability: Nearline drives include dual-ported Fibre Channel paths and control logic for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on disk drive health. -- Higher performance: Nearline drives include several performance enhancing features, including optimized command queuing and full duplex access.

When combined with 3PAR Utility Storage -- a cost-effective, massively scalable, and now fully-tiered storage array -- the advantages of Nearline drives are even greater. The 3PAR InServ Storage Server can provide a variety of data service levels (performance, availability, cost) by application volume and, with 3PAR Dynamic Optimization, can move these volumes across tiers online and non-disruptively, with a single command. A tiered storage implementation has never been easier.

"The addition of Nearline drives to 3PAR's InServ Storage Server is the latest in an impressive build-out of 3PAR's utility computing vision," said Anne MacFarland, Director of Infrastructure Architectures and Solutions at The Clipper Group. "Now, 3PAR InServ users can consolidate the stored data of more applications in a single environment -- and, for some enterprises, in a single enclosure."

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