May 25, 2010 04:00 ET

Intercept Chooses 3PAR Utility Storage for High Performance Server and Desktop Virtualization

Award-Winning IT Service Specialist Increases Performance, Reduces Storage Footprint, and Halves Power Consumption With 3PAR

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2010) -  3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today that Intercept, a leading UK provider of IT services and hosting, has deployed both 3PAR InServ® T-Class and InServ F-Class Storage Server models to support its online and virtualization offerings. Intercept replaced an inefficient, poorly performing network of six devices with these two resilient, high-performance 3PAR Utility Storage arrays. In doing so, the cloud computing service provider has simplified storage administration, reduced its storage footprint by 67%, and halved storage-related power consumption across its virtual server and desktop infrastructure. In addition, by choosing 3PAR, Intercept's storage environment now delivers 40% faster performance.

"It was really important for us to see how 3PAR and our virtualized environments worked together, because virtual servers and virtual desktops tend to tax storage performance to the extreme," said Gary Collins, Chief Information Officer at Intercept. "We wanted to see whether the 3PAR arrays could live up to their reputation. We were amazed to find that the 3PAR arrays performed flawlessly, far exceeding our expectations."

Intercept is well-known for developing robust, scalable, and cost-effective virtualized and cloud computing solutions for client companies. A contributing factor to its success is that the hosting provider carefully assesses client needs and works with a variety of best-of-breed hardware and software vendors. This enables Intercept to develop individualized IT solutions that improve performance and increase business process agility while reducing costs and environmental impact.

Prior to deploying 3PAR Utility Storage, Intercept was burdened by poorly performing, inefficient legacy storage. Intercept realized that it required a robust and secure storage environment that could offer built-in backup and recovery capabilities and high performance levels. In addition, to support existing and planned virtualization services, Intercept needed a storage architecture proven to work well with virtualization technologies.

"We've deployed a few different storage platforms since our inception and have found that our options were either high performance at the cost of resilience, or a resilient architecture at the cost of performance," said Collins. "With 3PAR, we no longer have to make this trade-off."

In choosing to replace its legacy storage with 3PAR InServ arrays, Intercept has built a highly consolidated environment that has been much simpler to manage and that offers superior flexibility -- giving Intercept improved agility to meet customer needs more quickly and efficiently. In addition, Intercept has deployed 3PAR System Reporter software for efficient monitoring of performance and capacity usage across storage servers, 3PAR Dynamic Optimization software for non-disruptively converting data service levels across storage tiers, and 3PAR Thin Provisioning software to reduce up-front storage capacity purchases. In addition, Intercept added rapid data recovery capabilities with 3PAR Virtual Copy and 3PAR Recovery Manager for Microsoft® SQL Server®, which it uses to protect critical applications.

"With the rise of virtualization and cloud computing, the hosting business has become all about efficiency, agility, and reliability," said David Scott, President and CEO of 3PAR. "Intercept has built its business by catering to individual customer needs with highly adaptable, cost-efficient service offerings, and 3PAR Utility Storage offers the ideal foundation for flexible, secure, and cost-efficient cloud-based services tailored to individual customers and their specific requirements."

About Intercept
As award winning specialists, Intercept focuses on helping companies of all sizes reap the rewards of virtualized IT and cloud computing. Based in the City of London, the business collaborates with clients to get the most out of their IT investment to reduce costs, improve user performance and increase business agility.

The company has years of real world experience designing innovative solutions to fit client needs, all delivered with exceptional tailored support. Intercept has virtualized over 5,000 servers, over 100,000 desktop and more than 2,000 different applications in 30 languages, realizing millions of pounds worth of savings to its customers. What's more, some 60,000 users rely upon Intercept's managed and online services.

As specialists in delivering virtual IT infrastructure, Intercept consultants are different. Using the most resilient, scalable and high-performing technology available today, Intercept's solutions empower client teams to get the very most out of their IT investment.

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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