July 15, 2008 08:30 ET

3PAR and SYSDBA Launch Utility Storage in South Africa

Partnership Takes Virtualisation Into the Storage Infrastructure for Greater Consolidation, Cost Savings, and Administrative Simplicity

LONDON--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - 3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today a new partnership with SYSDBA in South Africa to deliver innovative utility computing solutions built on 3PAR Utility Storage. SYSDBA offers a unique portfolio of products that collectively optimise and consolidate their clients' datacentres by reducing management overhead and improving resource utilisation, ultimately saving their clients money. 3PAR Utility Storage is designed to enable a new generation of utility computing applications such as delivery of enterprise IT as a utility service, cloud computing over the Web, and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based applications. The partnership with 3PAR allows SYSDBA to take virtualisation beyond the server layer and into the storage infrastructure for greater consolidation, cost savings, and reduction of storage administration for their customers.

Under the terms of the agreement, SYSDBA is authorised to resell 3PAR InServ® Storage Servers and 3PAR InForm® software -- including 3PAR Thin Provisioning, Virtual Copy, Remote Copy, Dynamic Optimization, and Virtual Domains -- into the South African market. "South Africa, like the rest of the world, is experiencing a skills crisis," said Chris Bamber, Managing Director at SYSDBA. "Companies need to be able to do more in IT with flat or fewer resources. We chose to partner with 3PAR because their products allow organisations to master storage growth and to more easily implement new storage functionalities while reducing the day-to-day operations workload."

3PAR Utility Storage was developed to serve as the storage foundation of utility computing and was designed to work together with server virtualisation technologies to create a complete utility computing environment. 3PAR's highly-virtualised, utility-based approach to storage gives datacentres and IT organisations an alternative to traditional monolithic arrays and is intended to give budget-pressured CIOs, service providers, and system administrators the ability to meet service levels in a simpler, more agile, and less costly way. 3PAR Utility Storage is designed to address the needs of open-systems storage consolidation, integrated data lifecycle management, and performance-intensive applications. With 3PAR Utility Storage, customers have demonstrated the ability to respond instantly to changing business demands while cutting SAN, capacity, energy, and related costs by up to 75%, and have increased administrative efficiency by up to 10x.

SYSDBA has over twelve years of experience delivering quality services and solutions to the top customers in southern Africa with a focus on virtualisation and application optimisation solutions. "We build solutions addressing the manageability issues faced by datacentres, with TCO models which are relevant to our local market," said Bamber. SYSDBA boasts a very strong service team with over 60% of its staff dedicated to customer service. The company's success has been built on a highly technical sales team that works to understand customer needs and offer solutions rather than promote particular products.

However, SYSDBA has historically been unable to find next-generation storage products to meet the demands of the utility computing solutions they build for their clients. "There is no point in an architecture that can provision new servers in minutes if the storage they require to function requires weeks of setup," said Bamber. "This is why we decided to partner with 3PAR -- they are a perfect match for our corporate strategies of delivering solutions for the datacentre of the future and of bringing the idea of utility computing to life whilst reducing costs and complexity." With the addition of 3PAR Utility Storage, SYSDBA now offers clients solutions that extend the benefits of virtualisation beyond the server layer and into the storage infrastructure for greater resilience, agility, and cost savings.

According to Bamber, energy-efficient 3PAR Utility Storage also addresses power challenges present in South Africa, which is facing the prospect of doubling energy costs over the next twelve months. With rising energy costs and power generation not able to keep up with demand, blackouts are a reality for South African datacentres. "If you need to run a datacentre on emergency backup power, then you have to consider technologies such as 3PAR that reduce your power consumption and drive up utilisation of your resources," said Bamber.

"We are very excited about this partnership with SYSDBA -- not just because this gives us the opportunity to sell into the South African market, but because our company visions are so well aligned," said John Silva, EMEA Partner Sales Manager for 3PAR. "3PAR Utility Storage is designed to enable a new generation of utility computing applications. By partnering with SYSDBA, we are able to deliver the unique benefits of 3PAR Utility Storage to the South African market."

About 3PAR

3PAR® (NYSE: PAR) is the leading global provider of utility storage, a category of highly virtualized, tightly-clustered and dynamically-tiered storage arrays built for utility computing. Organisations use utility computing to build cost-effective virtualised IT infrastructures for flexible workload consolidation. 3PAR Utility Storage gives customers an alternative to traditional arrays by delivering resilient infrastructure with increased agility at a lower total cost to meet their rapidly changing business needs. As a pioneer of thin provisioning -- a green technology developed to address storage underutilisation and inefficiencies -- 3PAR offers products designed to minimise power consumption and promote environmental responsibility. With 3PAR, customers have reduced the costs of allocated storage capacity, administration, and SAN infrastructure while increasing adaptability and resiliency. 3PAR Utility Storage is built to meet the demands of open systems consolidation, integrated data lifecycle management, and performance-intensive applications.


Since 1996, SYSDBA has been providing services and solutions to many of Africa's leading organisations. SYSDBA brings together visionary technologies from around the world to provide innovative solutions to their clients' data centre issues, particularly in the two strategic focus areas of virtualisation and application optimisation. As a specialist in technologies such as virtualisation, grid computing, and storage area networks, SYSDBA takes a comprehensive view of the data centre to enable customers to benefit from the wide-ranging technologies available today.

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