April 24, 2009 08:00 ET

3PAR Customer California State University, East Bay Chosen by IDG's InfoWorld as One of the Green 15

University Recognized for Excellence in Green Computing

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - 3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today that IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT Decision Makers, has selected 3PAR customer California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) for InfoWorld's 2009 Green 15 Awards. This honor is part of InfoWorld's Green 15 special feature, which was published April 22 on

"This year's Green 15 winners demonstrate, once again, that green IT projects can be a win-win proposition," said Ted Samson, Senior Analyst, InfoWorld. "These organizations have not only helped the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and keeping e-waste out of landfills, but they've also reaped measurable business benefits, such as significantly lower electricity bills, fewer hardware refreshes, and postponed datacenter-expansion projects -- along with gains in efficiency and productivity."

Companies around the world have embraced green technology to drive projects and develop products aimed at boosting energy efficiency, trimming waste, and reducing or eliminating the use or the production of harmful substances. The InfoWorld Green 15 awards recognize the 15 most innovative IT initiatives that fall under this umbrella of sustainability. The virtualized datacenter built by CSUEB using utility storage from 3PAR and server virtualization from VMware® was selected by InfoWorld based on their ability to provide the most beneficial impact to the environment and for their excellence in green IT.

"In late 2007, our datacenter was hurdling towards an all-out power crisis. PG&E had informed us that no more power could be delivered. We would be out of power in less than six months," said Rich Avila, Director, Server Operations & System Support at CSUEB. "With the power and cooling savings we realized with 3PAR and VMware, our datacenter has been given a new lease on life."

CSUEB combined storage virtualization from 3PAR with server virtualization from VMware to reduce storage capacity requirements by 80% and power consumption by 26%, even after expanding the environment by adding 21 new applications. These savings qualified the university to participate in the 3PAR Virtual Technology Incentive Program (V-TIP) and to receive financial incentives from Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). The power savings achieved by CSUEB were independently validated by Wikibon Energy Lab, a service provided by, which determined that 3PAR Thin Provisioning software reduced SAN energy consumption by up to 75%.

"3PAR Utility Storage is specifically designed to enhance the efficiencies of server virtualization to boost capacity savings and improve flexibility," said David Scott, CEO and President of 3PAR. "By dramatically reducing capacity requirements, 3PAR not only simplifies the storage environment, but we allow our customers to minimize the resources needed to power, house, cool, and administer their storage. To us, it's not just about being green but about doing more with less -- a concept that has never been more important to businesses or to the environment."

The InfoWorld Green 15 feature appeared online on April 22, 2009 at

About California State University, East Bay

Cal State East Bay is the public university of choice for the San Francisco East Bay Area, serving the region with two campuses -- in Hayward and Concord -- and a professional development center in downtown Oakland. CSUEB enables students of all backgrounds to reach their personal and career potential through a choice of more than 100 professionally focused fields of study, with small class sizes, individualized instruction, and affordable student fees. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the university confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Its distinctive freshman year experience and learning communities have garnered national recognition, and the university is a multi-year recipient of "Best Western College" and "Best Business School" designations from the prestigious Princeton Review.

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT Decision Makers choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy for business impact at their organizations. InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at

About International Data Group

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. IDG's media brands include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers. IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, Storage Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at

About Green Storage from 3PAR

Since 2007, 3PAR's green storage program, which includes our Carbon Neutral Storage Initiative, has provided 3PAR customers with added incentive to deploy capacity- and energy-efficient utility storage arrays featuring 3PAR Thin Provisioning. The 3PAR Carbon Neutral Storage Initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to green technology, and is aimed at continuing the reduction of energy consumption and the environmental impact of storage in the datacenter. By purchasing carbon offsets through TerraPass, 3PAR is able to deliver carbon neutral storage to all 3PAR Thin Provisioning customers. Earlier this year, 3PAR announced the 2008 Carbon Neutral Storage Initiative and published the results from our 2007 program, which funded the purchase of carbon credits to offset each terabyte of 3PAR Thin Provisioning capacity deployed last year. 3PAR estimates that, in 2007 alone, these offsets combined with the inherent energy efficiency of 3PAR Utility Storage with 3PAR Thin Provisioning amounted to carbon emission reduction equivalent to removing 2,300 cars from the road for the entire year.

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. Organizations use utility computing to build cost-effective virtualized 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 underutilization and inefficiencies -- 3PAR offers products designed to minimize 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. For more information, visit the 3PAR Website at:

© 2009 3PAR Inc. All rights reserved. 3PAR, the 3PAR logo, Serving Information, InServ, InForm, InSpire, and Thin Built In are all trademarks or registered trademarks of 3PAR Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • 3PAR U.S. Contact
    John D'Avolio
    Triggerfish Consulting for 3PAR
    415 642 4049
    Email Contact

    California State University, East Bay Contact
    Dan Bellone
    Web Business Analyst & Communications Manager
    Information Technology Services
    510 885 2766
    Email Contact