3PAR and Polyserve Serve Up the Ultimate Utility Data Center

3PAR and PolyServe announced an integrated utility computing platform for database and enterprise file serving environments. The combined offering pairs 3PAR Thin Provisioning and Dynamic Optimization with PolyServe's Database Utility and File Serving Utility. The companies said the combination would provide rapid service level change requests, improved server and storage utilization and massive scalability. Wit

3PAR and PolyServe announced an integrated utility computing platform for database and enterprise file serving environments. The combined offering pairs 3PAR Thin Provisioning and Dynamic Optimization with PolyServe's Database Utility and File Serving Utility. The companies said the combination would provide rapid service level change requests, improved server and storage utilization and massive scalability.

Within their respective server and storage architectures, both PolyServe and 3PAR wrap comprehensive virtualization and unification services around highly scalable, cost-efficient modular components. When combined with each other, the companies describe the result as a utility computing data center that can be administered, scaled, balanced and consolidated like no other.

Scale Massively in a Single System Using Small, Affordable Increments

The combined 3PAR and PolyServe offering creates a utility computing environment with massive compute and storage scalability that can be expanded simply and rapidly as additional resources are required. For example, the 3PAR InServ Storage Server can scale to eight high-performance controllers, hundreds of terabytes and 128 host connections while the PolyServe cluster technology can scale to 16 servers of varying configurations, thereby supporting hundreds of processors. Yet regardless of the scale of the PolyServe and 3PAR cluster, it behaves and is administered as a single system. Database instances, file system images and online storage volumes are deployed across multiple physical resources but retain coherency and simplicity of management for a very flexible, cost efficient, and yet easy to manage system.

Balance on Demand

The integration of these two platforms allows on-demand service level changes for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server environments. Using the powerful Dynamic Re-Hosting feature included in the PolyServe Database Utility for Oracle or SQL Server, databases or database instances can instantly be moved to larger or smaller compute resources. Using 3PAR Dynamic Optimization, provisioned storage service levels, such as RAID selection, volume striping or underlying drive technology, can then be changed with a single command to match evolving compute requirements.

Squeeze Out Inefficiencies

With 3PAR and PolyServe utility computing platforms, improved levels of server and storage efficiency can be achieved. By consolidating database instances or file serving onto a highly available cluster using the PolyServe Database Utility or File Serving Utility, server utilization is increased and compute costs are reduced by up to 50%. By coupling PolyServe's cluster technology with 3PAR Thin Provisioning, capacity and related costs for cluster deployments can also be reduced by more than 50%. In traditional storage environments, capacity utilization (the amount of written capacity on disk drives) is often no better than 25%. By using Thin Provisioning (introduced by 3PAR in 2003 and built on automatic, dedicate-on-write technology) capacity utilization can be transformed to 80% or more.

Together, the 3PAR and PolyServe platforms allow organizations to consolidate their data centers and move to a utility computing model that is responsive to changing business needs, optimizes server and storage utilization, reduces the cost of IT infrastructure and data center footprint and greatly simplifies the management of critical IT systems.

3PAR and PolyServe have executed a partnership agreement, and each participates in the other's technical alliance program.

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