Posted at 08:26 AM in 3PAR, cloud computing, customers, enterprise storage, mid range storage, multi-tenant storage, partners, performance, SAN, storage management, storage services, thin provisioning, tiering, utility computing, video, Virtual Domains, VMware | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
Tags: 3PAR, hotspot, virtualization, VMware, VMworld
To a lot of people, especially those who are unfamiliar with the storage industry, one of the obvious questions is "Who are these people and where did they come from?"
The answer is that the company was formed by a group of server-cluster engineers from Sun and has been around for over a decade developing and selling large scale storage products designed for something that used to be called "utility computing" seven years ago, but today is just called "the cloud".
We've been very successful with our cloud strategy and have 7 of the top 10 IAAS (infrastructure-as-a-service) customers as clients. 3PAR products work very hard in the background for a lot of household-name customers. Most people don't know or care.
However, cloud industry vendors know 3PAR because they are also very heavily involved with those same customers, competing with their own products. They see our storage systems in those large data centers and our customers tell them that they need to make sure they work with us. There's nothing unusual about that sort of thing, but we definitely are a player.
Here's what we do very well:
The thing that we didn't completely understand at 3PAR was how quickly the onset of the virtualized data center was going to tilt the storage world in our direction. 3PAR storage systems are based on a highly advanced, granular storage architecture. It's not always the easiest thing for people to understand because it is so different than any other vendor's architecture. However, people familiar with virtualized server features have a much easier time understanding how our technology works. There is nothing like a terrific, relevant analogy for explaining how your different widget works.
3PAR is a relatively small company, competing with much larger companies who use the benefits of their size, global reach and service organizations against us every day in sales opportunities. It hasn't been easy, but we've continued to grow our business in a very hotly contested arena where our competitors like to position us as the "small, new company" Storage purchases in this market are high stakes and careers can be made or lost on the right decision. We certainly don't win all the deals we are in, but we very seldom lose on technical merit. Usually it's because we are lesser known or because we can't match the service offerings of our larger competitors.
It appears that some of those variables will be changing for us relatively soon.
Posted at 09:08 AM in 3P, cloud computing, clustered storage, customers, Dell, enterprise storage, HP, mid range storage, multi-tenant storage, partners, storage companies, storage management, thin provisioning, utility computing | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)
Tags: 3PAR, cloud computing, Dell, HP, multi-tenant, storage , utilization
There is no question that I'm going to get a lot of ribbing from friends of mine in the business when they read about this. After all, I was at Convergenet prior to it's acquisition by Dell and then again years later at EqualLogic when it was acquired by Dell and - as some have teased me about the inevitability of another Dell acquisition - it now appears that Dell intends to acquire 3PAR too. I only banged my head into the wall once when I was told about it.
At this point, it's all very new so I don't have much to say on the matter, but there are some things about this news that make me think it could be a very good thing. First, Dell clearly wants to be in the storage business, as they've proven the last several years. The EqualLogic acquisition was a starting point for them and they appear to be looking to become a much more serious enterprise storage player now with 3PAR's technology and products.
Second, the way I understand it, they want to have a bigger presence here in the valley, which is about time. As much as it might seem in Round Rock, the technology world doesn't revolve around Texas and it's important to have a corporate and development facility here.
Finally, I like both EqualLogic's and 3PAR's technologies and the people from both companies. Hopefully this will work out so that I'll be able to cover both in StorageRap because that would be fun - serious fun. But for now it's all conjecture and waiting to see what unfolds. You have to wonder about lightning that hits you three times.
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This is an older video I shot from late last year with Chakri Avala from Symantec and and Karl Swarz for 3PAR demoing how thin reclamation for Symantec Storage Foundation works. Storage demos like this are a bit like watching grass grow, but storage admins will get the idea of how file system-integrated reclamation works.
Derek Seaman posted in his blog yesterday about capacity thinning, zero reclamation technologies and included a test of 3PAR's Thin Persistence software. In his post he lists the steps he took to run the test, including the setup and final results. Please go read what he wrote, but I thought I'd post his summary:
This test proved that the 3PAR zero reclaim feature worked as advertised, happens in real time, and take very little effort to use. The same process would work for a virtual machine as well. If I was using the Veritas Storage Foundation I would not have to use the sdelete command and it would be fully automated. Hopefully they will work with Microsoft and VMware to support a fully automatic and native method to reclaim the deleted space. Until then, you can run sdelete from time to time to drop those extra pounds from your fat LUNs.
3PAR sees thinning technology as a strategic advantage that we are committed to advancing in the industry with software partnerships. Examples of progress on these fronts include the automated thinning for Oracle ASM and implementing VMware's VAAI Block Zeroing, which turns a thick volume into a thin one on 3PAR storage with Thin Persistence.
Posted at 08:26 AM in 3PAR, bloggers, customers, enterprise storage, green computing, mid range storage, multi-tenant storage, Oracle, storage management, thin provisioning, VMware | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
Tags: 3PAR, block zeroing, Oracle ASM, reclamation, storage, Thin persistence, VAAI, VMware
Yesterday I posted a demo of our new, updated InForm Management Console 4.1 and so I thought today I'd re-post a two-part video showing our VMware vCenter plug-in that was made by 3PAR architect Maneesh Jain. Make sure to pay attention to the Recovery Manager section of the demo that shows how easy it is to recover VMs, directories and files.
Virtualized storage from 3PAR flexibly adapts to mid-range up through enterprise VMware environments because our single software architecture runs the same code on both platforms. The skills used to manage one platform are preserved when switching to the other.
Posted at 06:00 AM in 3PAR, clustered storage, enterprise storage, mid range storage, multi-tenant storage, Recovery Manager, snapshots, storage management, tool talk, utility computing, video, virtualization, VMware | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
Tags: 3PAR, DR, integration, Recovery Manager, vCenter, VMware
3PAR designs its systems to provide huge time savings for storage administrators. Below is a video of our new InForm Management Console (IMC) 4.1, announced today, showing how incredibly easy it is to configure and operate 3PAR's Remote Copy application.
Things that the demo didn't show that are advantages of 3PAR's single software architecture are:
Here is a brief description of all the software functions available through IMC 4.1. As you can see, it's a pretty comprehensive list of features:
Posted at 06:00 AM in 3PAR, Adaptive Optimization, clustered storage, Dynamic Optimization, enterprise storage, mid range storage, multi-tenant storage, remote copy, snapshots, storage management, thin provisioning, tool talk, utility computing, video, Virtual Domains, wide striping | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
Tags: 3PAR, console, GUI, IMC 4.1, remote copy, replication