February 09, 2010 04:00 ET

3PAR Goes the Extra Mile for Sport Relief

Utility Storage Company Teams Up With Cloud Computing Specialist Carrenza to Aid Sport Relief's Donations Platform

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - February 9, 2010) - 3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today that it has provided the backend storage infrastructure to support the transaction processing engine built for Comic Relief's fundraising campaign Sport Relief. This highly virtualized cloud computing infrastructure was built on 3PAR InServ® T-Class Storage Servers with help from Comic Relief technology partner and 3PAR customer Carrenza Hosting. Carrenza and 3PAR came together to assist Comic Relief in processing $29 million in online charitable contributions for Red Nose Day in 2009. The joint technology donation from 3PAR and Carrenza for Sport Relief is intended to support peak Web traffic and donations collected via the Sport Relief Website ( now and during the Sport Relief Weekend, which takes place from Friday, March 19th to Sunday, March 21st.

Charlotte Melen, Web Technology Programme Manager for Comic Relief, comments "Since its launch in 2002, millions of people have taken part in Sport Relief, helping to raise over £80 million. Generous contributions from technical partners like 3PAR and Carrenza not only provide the infrastructure that makes our online donations possible, but which allows us to minimize operating expenses so that money can go where it is needed most."

As with Red Nose Day in 2009, to supplement the InServ T-Class Storage Server already deployed at Carrenza, 3PAR has donated an additional 3PAR InServ T-Class Storage Server to support Comic Relief's cloud-based infrastructure during peak campaign time. To handle the anticipated traffic increase during the run-up to and during the Sport Relief Weekend, Carrenza again chose to build a transaction processing engine using 3cV, a proven blueprint for highly virtualized utility computing that combines 3PAR Utility Storage with HP BladeSystem c-Class server blades and server virtualization software from VMware®.

"We had great success using 3PAR as the primary storage technology for Red Nose Day 2009," said Dan Sutherland, CEO of Carrenza Hosting. "With help from 3PAR, we aided Comic Relief in taking in more than a half million donation transactions over a period of just seven hours -- triple the amount of traffic supported on the evening of the previous Red Nose Day in 2007 and double the peak traffic ever experienced by the event."

Sport Relief is a fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years in order to bring the UK together to get active, raise cash, and change lives. Funds raised have made a difference to the lives of thousands of people across Africa and the UK who face terrible injustice or live in poverty.

"We are extremely excited to follow up on the success of Red Nose Day 2009 by supporting the Sport Relief campaign," said David Scott, President and CEO for 3PAR. "We have seen the advent of cloud computing begin to transform the datacenter. In partnership with Comic Relief and Carrenza, we hope that the cloud computing infrastructure we have built for Sport Relief will help to transform lives."

To find out more information about Sport Relief, visit

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 takes place from Friday, March 19th to Sunday, March 21st 2010 including a night of Sport Relief telly on BBC One and the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile events across the UK on Sunday, March 21st. 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 £80 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

Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 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.

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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:

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