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Cloud Market Leaders Turn to 3PAR and VMware for Cloud-Scale Virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – August 31, 2010) –  Today at VMworld 2010, 3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced that cloud computing market leaders in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) segments have combined the 3PAR InServ® Storage Server with VMware vSphere™ to build agile and efficient cloud infrastructures for their shared, virtualized “utility” service offerings.

Of the global cloud computing IaaS leaders, 7 of the top 10 deploy 3PAR and VMware for their shared, virtualized service offerings. Among these service providers, several are also 3PAR Cloud-Agile Global Partners, including Attenda, VMware’s EMEA and Global Service Provider Partner of the Year for 2010. As both a Cloud-Agile: ASSURED and Cloud-Agile: SECURED partner, Attenda uses 3PAR Utility Storage to offer both disaster recovery and Virtual Private Array (VPA) services.

“Our cloud computing platform, Attenda RTI, utilizes best-of-breed VMware virtualization technology integrated with a shared virtualized platform of 3PAR storage and Cisco networking, providing rapid scalability for unprecedented business agility,” said Simon Hansford, VP Service Strategy and Marketing at Attenda. “With over 60 clients deploying business-critical, enterprise-class applications into the cloud, our clients are recognizing the need to improve IT efficiency and increase business agility through the adoption of infrastructure-as-a-service.”

3PAR Utility Storage was designed from the ground up to feature a scalable, clustered, multi-tenant architecture and to provide the optimal storage infrastructure for virtual datacenters and the delivery of IT as a service. When deployed together, highly virtualized storage from 3PAR and server virtualization technology from VMware have enabled joint customers to increase VMware vSphere™ return on investment (ROI) for cloud service delivery. This is due to 3PAR’s efficient thin technologies, flexible, “autonomic” administration, and tight integration around VMware’s vStorage initiatives.

In a third-party survey of 3PAR service provider customers, 95% of respondents agreed that the 3PAR InServ Storage Server has allowed them to rapidly and cost-effectively adapt to changing business needs and would recommend 3PAR Utility Storage as an agile and efficient alternative to traditional storage (source: TechValidate). With this level of customer satisfaction, 3PAR has seen its platform deployed by numerous SaaS vendors for their cloud-based service offerings. Today, more than 50% of the SaaS-based email archiving market uses storage from 3PAR. LiveOffice, one of 3PAR’s cloud service provider customers and the #1 email archiving SaaS provider in the world, deployed the powerful combination of 3PAR Utility Storage and VMware vSphere to increase both agility and scalability while reducing storage capacity requirements. LiveOffice saved more than half a million dollars by deploying 3PAR Utility Storage to reduce capacity, administration costs, and power consumption. In addition, the cloud service provider doubled the number of mailboxes it can accommodate while reducing datacenter footprint by 66%.

“The nature of our business requires that our storage infrastructure keep pace with rapid growth by scaling on-the-fly,” said Alexander Rusich, Founder and Chairman of the Board at LiveOffice. “And this means delivering the uncompromising performance, availability, and reliability that our clients have come to expect of us — and on a larger and larger scale. We need storage that grows with us, not storage that we are constantly growing out of. This is exactly what 3PAR has delivered — at roughly half the cost and in one-third the footprint of the other storage platforms we evaluated.”

“The IT industry is transitioning toward delivering IT as a service,” said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. “Together with partners such as 3PAR, VMware is at the forefront in driving this evolution. As the pace of change has accelerated, VMware and our partners have focused on delivering the technologies necessary for businesses to thrive in this new cloud era.”

“3PAR Utility Storage is storage built for virtualized environments and the delivery of IT as a service,” said David Scott, President and CEO for 3PAR. “We believe that utility storage arrays from 3PAR and virtualization technologies like VMware vSphere are essential tools for any service provider looking to build an agile and efficient virtualized environment to meet the large-scale demands of cloud service delivery.”

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: www.3PAR.com.

© 2010 3PAR Inc. All rights reserved. 3PAR, the 3PAR logo, Serving Information, InServ, InForm, InSpire, and Thin Built In are all trademarks or registered trademarks of 3PAR Inc. VMware, VMware vSphere and VMworld are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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