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April 21, 2010 04:00 ET

3PAR, Carrenza Hosting and Comic Relief Team Up to Raise GBP 31.6 Million

Cloud Computing Platform Helps Sport Relief 2010 Set Donation Record

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2010) -  3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today that the cloud computing platform used to support Comic Relief's latest charity event, Sport Relief 2010 -- managed by Carrenza Hosting and built on 3PAR InServ® Storage Servers, HP® BladeSystem Servers, and VMware vSphere™ -- has helped raise a groundbreaking £31.6 million so far, and counting. As a technology partner for the 2010 Sport Relief campaign, 3PAR donated the use of a second InServ® T400 Storage Server to supplement the existing T-Class array already deployed at Carrenza Hosting. This technology contribution from 3PAR, combined with the cloud computing platform provided by Carrenza, helped Sport Relief take in the highest donations total in Sport Relief history. The money raised will be spent by Comic Relief to transform lives in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

"Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in Sport Relief this year, helping to raise over £31.6 million so far," said Marcus East, Head of Future Media and Technology for Comic Relief. "Our technology partners for the Sport Relief 2010 campaign have played a crucial role in making these thousands of online donations possible, and we're hugely grateful for their support."

Last year, 3PAR and Carrenza Hosting came together to assist Comic Relief in processing £57.8 million in online charitable contributions for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day 2009. This year, Carrenza's award-winning, cloud-based Utility Computing Services (UCS) platform -- built on the combination of products from 3PAR, HP, and VMware, a proven blueprint for the virtual datacenter also known as "3cV" -- was once again used, this time to support Sport Relief 2010. The UCS platform processed an extraordinary 386,524 donations over 7 hours during the Sport Relief TV event on March 19th, with a peak of 125 donations per second -- a four-fold increase in peak traffic over the previous Sport Relief TV event in 2008.

"The 3PAR InServ has proven itself to be the ideal storage platform to support our cloud-based services," said Dan Sutherland, CEO of Carrenza Hosting. "This is evident in our collective success for this year's Sport Relief campaign."

"We feel it is a privilege to continue supporting Comic Relief with a technology donation that has once again helped facilitate the extremely important work of Comic Relief through both Red Nose Day 2009 and Sport Relief 2010," said David Scott, President and CEO for 3PAR. "This year's massive success has demonstrated that the transformative technology built into our storage arrays can also be used to help change lives."

About Sport Relief
As one of the UK's biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The Sport Relief Weekend took place from Friday 19th March to Sunday 21st March 2010 with the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile events across the UK on Sunday 21st March. All the cash raised by the public will help transform the lives of those living tough lives across the UK and the world's poorest countries.

Since its launch in 2002, millions of people have taken part in Sport Relief, helping to raise over £110 million. Sport Relief has a unique history of dedicated people doing extraordinary things to rise to the challenge, from David Walliams' astonishing swim across the English Channel to Eddie Izzard's truly amazing marathon a day around the UK. Further information is available on www.sportrelief.com

Sport Relief is managed by Comic Relief, registered with the Charity Commission, No. 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

About Carrenza
Carrenza provides technical consultancy and enterprise hosting services to businesses with demanding communication needs. Its flagship cloud computing platform provides a truly scalable, flexible computing resource and is backed up by advice and strategy direction from Carrenza's consulting team. Founded in 2001, Carrenza has built a solid base of clients, which include: eBay, Saatchi & Saatchi, PayPal, Tribal DDB, Haymarket, and SDL International.

For further information go to http://www.carrenza.com/

About 3PAR
3PAR® (NYSE: PAR) is the leading global provider of utility storage, a category of highly virtualized and dynamically tiered storage arrays built for public and private cloud computing. Our virtualized storage platform was built from the ground up to be agile and efficient to address the limitations of traditional storage arrays for utility infrastructures. As a pioneer of thin provisioning and other storage virtualization technologies, we design our products to reduce power consumption to help companies meet their green computing initiatives, and to cut storage total cost of ownership. 3PAR customers have used our self-managing, efficient, and adaptable utility storage systems to reduce administration time and provisioning complexity, to improve server and storage utilization, and to scale and adapt flexibly in response to continuous growth and changing business needs. For more information, visit the 3PAR Website at: www.3PAR.com.

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