It's gratifying to see our international business growing. Yesterday we announced our first South African Utility Storage customer, Bateman Engineering, who worked with our Channel Partner, SYSDBA there.
3PAR customers have used Dynamic Optimization to re-balance storage volumes across multiple tiers of storage since 2005. Our Policy Advisor software utility helps them make greater use of Dynamic Optimization by analyzing volume data layouts in their 3PAR
arrays and generating the commands to move volumes to more appropriate
storage resources. Customers can choose to run those commands as a
batch process or enter them manually.
3PAR announced its new server cluster provisioning feature today - Autonomic Groups. The idea is to manage the clustered servers and the storage they use as sets of resources. All members of the group inherit connections from the group, eliminating the drudgery and errors associated with repeating provisioning steps over and over again for all servers and storage volumes.
All systems need contingencies - all the better if they can be built in. Unfortunately, failure mode and disaster operations usually means performance is sacrificed. In today's world - especially if you are providing cloud services - degraded storage performance means you are going to have serious business issues to contend with too.
Today 3PAR announced three new capabilities for our arrays that maintain high performance levels for our storage systems should you experience a failure our outage. The full story is here:
3PAR is introducing four powerful technologies today to help our customers crush their cost of owning and operating storage. Here is the rundown.
Thin Conversion. Next time you are faced with a technology refresh, take advantage of Thin Conversion to convert your fat volumes on whatever storage you are using to thin volumes on 3PAR InServ arrays. You'll be glad you did.
Thin Copy Reclamation. Extend the life of your storage by reclaiming capacity that had been used for snapshot and remote copy purposes. Try that with your EMC or HDS storage.
Thin Reclamation for Veritas Storage Foundation. The ultimate recipe for efficient storage, requires both 3PAR InServ arrays and Veritas Storage Foundation. Automated reclamation of storage based on file system intelligence.
Thin Persistence. Transient data (high-volatility create/delete activity) is not thin friendly. Thin persistence addresses the problem of transient data by identifying vacant blocks and returning them to unallocated storage.
The news is here: In addition to saving serious scratch with a 3PAR clustered storage array with reservationless thin provisioning, LiveOffice uses 3PAR's Virtual Copy software to quickly and easily restore their customer's Exchange mailboxes.