September 15, 2008 08:30 ET

3PAR Receives 2008 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award

3PAR Thin Provisioning Software Recognized by Leading Analyst Firm

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - 3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today that 3PAR Thin Provisioning has received the 2008 Frost & Sullivan North American Technology Innovation Award in the field of storage architecture. According to the award announcement from Frost & Sullivan, "3PAR is revolutionizing the storage industry and is setting a new benchmark with the advent of 3PAR Thin Provisioning." Frost & Sullivan's Technology Innovation Award recognizes new research that has resulted in innovations that have made a significant contribution to the industry. The award recognizes the quality and depth of a company's research and development program as well as vision and risk-taking.

3PAR Thin Provisioning software is a green technology that has allowed customers to cut disk capacity, energy, and floor space costs by as much as 75%. According to Frost & Sullivan, "3PAR Thin Provisioning helps in providing a high return on IT investment by enabling a greater number of projects at a reduced cost."

With 3PAR Thin Provisioning, capacity is dedicated and configured autonomically and in small, reservationless increments within a massively scalable array -- enabling customers to provision storage simply and efficiently. By allowing the one-time, safe overallocation of physical capacity, 3PAR Thin Provisioning lets organizations provision virtual capacity to applications once and purchase physical capacity only as applications truly require it for written data. 3PAR Thin Provisioning has solved the serious issue of poor capacity utilization for numerous 3PAR customers -- a problem that has lead enterprises to report unacceptably low utilization rates.

The award given to 3PAR by Frost & Sullivan for 3PAR Thin Provisioning software follows 3PAR's recent announcement of the new 3PAR InServ® T-Class Storage Server, the industry's first storage array with silicon-based "thin" technologies embedded into the array's hardware. The 3PAR Gen3 ASICs inside the T-Class arrays feature a Thin Built In™ design developed by 3PAR to increase capacity utilization while maintaining high service levels. This unique hardware architecture offers a silicon-based mechanism to support fat-to-thin volume conversions that promise to boost capacity utilization by removing allocated but unused space from traditional volumes.

"3PAR has become the de facto standard for thin provisioning and we are honored by the recognition from Frost & Sullivan for developing and driving this transformational technology within our industry," said Craig Nunes, Vice President of Marketing for 3PAR. "And although the storage industry is beginning to respond with chubby, bolt-on substitutes, real capacity utilization benefits can only be delivered by a platform that was built from the ground up with thin provisioning in mind."

In choosing recipients for its Technology Innovation Award recipient, Frost & Sullivan's analyst team tracks innovation in key hi-tech markets. In addition, the selection process includes primary participant interviews and extensive primary and secondary research via the "bottom-up" approach. The analyst team develops a short list of candidates based on a set of qualitative and quantitative measurements. The analysts also consider the pace of the research and technology innovation and the significance or potential relevance of the innovation to the overall industry. The ultimate award recipient is chosen after thorough evaluation of this research.

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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:

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  • 3PAR U.S. Contact
    John D'Avolio
    Triggerfish Consulting for 3PAR
    415 642 4049
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    3PAR U.K. Contact
    Federica Monsone
    A3 Communications for 3PAR
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