May 18, 2010 08:00 ET

3PAR Brings Efficiency to Data Governance and Electronic Discovery

3PAR Virtual Lock Delivers Thin Copy-Based Security Tool for Storage Volumes

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) -  3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, today announced 3PAR Virtual Lock, software designed to help 3PAR customers meet data governance and electronic discovery (eDiscovery) needs more efficiently and flexibly than with existing storage products. Virtual Lock gives 3PAR InServ® Storage Server users the ability to protect data volumes and volume copies from intentional or unintentional deletions. 3PAR has developed this capability on top of a thin copy technology foundation to eliminate both the need for up-front capacity allocation as well as the need for an additional security layer at the file level. The reservationless, non-duplicative, read-only virtual copies (snapshots) supported by Virtual Lock give users the ability to safely and cost-efficiently retain frozen, point-in-time copies of data for governance and eDiscovery.

"We see 3PAR Virtual Lock as a tool for reducing the cost and complexity of complying with internal data retention policies," said Jordan Gross, CEO at Ultraspeed, a leading UK managed hosting provider. "The ability to securely retain locked data copies with a 3PAR array -- and without having to bring in and manage a separate appliance to do this job -- allows customers to stretch infrastructure investments even further."

Available for all InServ arrays, Virtual Lock software allows administrators to apply a configurable retention period to virtual volumes -- including thin volumes created with 3PAR Thin Provisioning software -- and volume copies, such as those created with 3PAR Virtual Copy or 3PAR Full Copy software. During the specified Virtual Lock retention period, these volumes and volume copies are protected against deletion, even by the highest-privileged InServ user. This safeguard against accidental or malicious deletion of disk-based copies removes a barrier for IT departments looking to adopt online virtual volume copies as a substitute for tape backups.

"When used in conjunction with reservationless, non-duplicative snapshots, 3PAR Virtual Lock provides an efficient and cost-effective storage foundation for complying with data governance and eDiscovery procedures," said David Scott, 3PAR President and CEO. "This is another example of how 3PAR Utility Storage removes risk while simplifying common tasks that are an inevitable part of doing business in the information age."

3PAR Virtual Lock is offered as an optional, array-based software product that is available today.

About 3PAR
3PAR® (NYSE: PAR) is the leading global provider of utility storage, a category of highly virtualized, dynamically tiered, multi-tenant storage arrays built for public and private cloud computing. Our virtualized storage platform was built from the ground up to be agile and efficient and to eliminate 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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