3PAR INC.

3PAR INC.

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Company Overview
3PAR Inc. is a global provider of utility storage for large to medium enterprises, business-oriented service providers, consumer-oriented Internet/web companies, and government entities. The US-based company has its corporate headquarters located in Fremont, California.
3PARr is the leading provider of utility storage, a simple, efficient and scalable tiered-storage array for utility computing that lets customers serve more with less. 3PAR Utility Storage is an enterprise storage array with built-in virtualization. 3PAR Utility Storage is ideal for open systems storage consolidation, integrated data lifecycle management, and performance-intensive applications.
3PAR offers the most simple, efficient and massively scalable storage array for open-systems, on-line storage environments. 3PAR Solutions include Utility Computing (VMware, 3cV, and Egenera), Platform Solutions (Oracle, Exchange, SQL Server, Linux, Windows, and Solaris), and IT Solutions (utility DLM, utility file services, server provisioning, disaster recovery, and backup recovery).
Some of 3PAR’s partners are: Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, IBM, Novell, F5 Networks, Fujitsu, HP, FalconStor, IBRIX, Brocade, PolyServe, and Red Hat. Some of the company’s customers are: ExactTarget, Alert Logic, Alibris, Sunlight, Jacent, Ariba Inc., Carphone Warehouse Europe, Intesa Sanpaolo, D.C. Water and Sewage Authority, Silverpop, Cambridge Health Alliance, MB Financial, OpSource, Fotolog, and eHarmony.
With federal headquarters in Burtonsville in Maryland, the company’s regional offices are located in New York; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Chicago, Illinois. It also has international sales offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, Greater Europe, Japan, and Asia Pacific. In addition, the company’s European Development Center is located in Antrium, Northern Ireland.
Business Summary
3PAR Inc. is a global provider of utility storage systems for mid-sized to large enterprises, financial services firms, cloud computing service providers, consumer-oriented Internet/Web 2.0 companies, and government entities. The Company helps organizations to build infrastructures that support the delivery of cloud-based services both internally, and at the scale required by service providers that make a business of selling such services to their external customers. The Company’s enterprise-class storage systems feature a clustered design that supports comprehensive multi-tenancy and was developed to be self-configuring, self-optimizing, self-monitoring, self-healing and scalable. The Company’s utility storage systems feature an architected, clustered, integrated hardware platform that includes an operating system and a range of software applications.
Description and history
3PAR Inc., incorporated in May 2007, is a global provider of utility storage systems for mid-sized to large enterprises, financial services firms, cloud computing service providers, consumer-oriented Internet/Web 2.0 companies, and government entities. The Company helps organizations to build infrastructures that support the delivery of cloud-based services both internally, and at the scale required by service providers that make a business of selling such services to their external customers. The Company’s enterprise-class storage systems feature a clustered design that supports comprehensive multi-tenancy and was developed to be self-configuring, self-optimizing, self-monitoring, self-healing and scalable.

The Company’s utility storage systems feature an architected, clustered, integrated hardware platform that includes an operating system and a range of software applications. The Company’s target customers are primarily organizations, for which serving information is mission-critical, including external service providers (such as managed service providers and hardware as a service/software as a service providers) and internal service bureaus (such as information technology (IT) organizations within enterprises and government agencies). As of March 31, 2010, the Company had sold over 1,600 utility storage systems to more than 600 mid-sized to large enterprises, financial services firms, cloud computing service providers, consumer-oriented Internet/Web 2.0 companies, and government entities worldwide.

InServ Storage Servers

The Company’s 3PAR InServ Storage Servers help customers build a data storage infrastructure that can meet their changing business needs. Its InServ Storage Servers, which are also designed to support multi-tenancy, enable customers to consolidate data from multiple applications and user groups (with varying service level and performance requirements) onto a single storage array. By sharing the same tightly clustered, cache-coherent, load-balanced and modular architecture, all InServ Storage Servers are built to offer an agile tiered storage platform for resilient utility and cloud computing. All of its storage servers feature its 3PAR InSpire Architecture, which the Company has developed to deliver a storage array for open systems. Central to this design is a high-bandwidth, low-latency backplane that unifies components into a scalable and autonomically load-balanced cluster.

3PAR Inc. has designed the 3PAR InServ T-Class to address the needs of large enterprise and cloud computing storage infrastructures. All T-Class Storage Servers use the 3PAR InSpire Architecture featuring the Gen3 application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) with Thin Built In. This silicon-based thin technology is built into the system hardware to increase capacity utilization while maintaining service levels. The Company has designed the 3PAR InServ F-Class to address the technical limitations of traditional mid-range storage arrays by offering features and benefits typically exclusive to high-end arrays. Its F-Class Storage Servers incorporate the same technologies as its T-Class Storage Servers, but in a scaled-down, quad-controller capable system.

System Management Tools

The Company’s 3PAR InForm Operating System and associated management tools incorporate automation of storage configuration, provisioning, and management across all of its InServ Storage Server models. The virtualization and automation capabilities built into its operating system are designed to deliver autonomic configuration, automated provisioning, ongoing self-optimization, and protection of data across a global IT environment. The Company designed the 3PAR InForm Operating System to simplify storage management through advanced virtualization and autonomic storage management capabilities, and by providing a unified operating system that works across all InServ product lines. As the foundation of its suite of server software, the InForm Operating System was developed to eliminate array planning, to provide application-tailored provisioning, and to deliver a storage infrastructure that is self-configuring, self-optimizing, self-healing and self-monitoring. The use of a single operating system across all lines of its storage servers is also intended to minimize training time related to storage management and to provide interoperability of management and remote replication software for data protection.

The InForm Operating System includes the Company’s Persistent Cache, which was designed to ensure that always on application and virtual server environments are able to handle an unplanned controller failure. Persistent Cache was developed to eliminate the substantial performance penalties associated with traditional arrays and allows its systems to maintain required service levels even in the event of a cache or controller node failure.

Software Applications

3PAR Inc. provides its customers with a number of supplementary software applications, either bundled with the InForm Operating System or sold under perpetual license agreements that customers can buy either with or after the initial system purchase. The Company’s Thin Provisioning software is designed to improve storage resource utilization by enabling customers to purchase capacity only as applications actually require it for written data. Its Thin Conversion software offers the ability to take a conventional storage volume, remove allocated but unused space, and create a capacity-efficient Thin Provisioning volume on any of its storage systems. Its Thin Persistence software uses its virtualization mapping engine to reclaim space from deleted volumes, thus increasing capacity utilization.

A built-in feature of the InForm Operating System, Rapid Provisioning was designed to eliminate array planning by delivering application-tailored provisioning. Rapid Provisioning manages storage provisioning intelligently and autonomically, and augments the massively parallel and granular distribution of data across internal system resources to assure service levels for various workload types. Autonomic Groups is an additional InForm Operating System feature that builds on the capabilities of Rapid Provisioning by eliminating manual repetition of commands, enabling customers to create host, volume, and domain groups to automate storage provisioning, monitoring and data protection.

The Company’s Dynamic Optimization software was developed to give customers the ability to align application requirements with data quality of service (QoS) levels flexibly and on demand to achieve optimal data service levels across all stages of the disk-based data lifecycle. Its Policy Advisor software adds intelligent analysis and enhanced automation features to Dynamic Optimization by analyzing how volumes on an InServ Storage Server use physical disk space and automatically making intelligent, non-disruptive adjustments to ensure optimal volume performance and capacity utilization. The Company’s Adaptive Optimization software is designed to optimize service levels for granular amounts of application data autonomically, on a large scale, by pairing that data with the resource capable of meeting its particular service level. The Company’s Virtual Copy software is built on its thin copy technology and is designed to allow customers to protect and share data from any application without impact on performance. Its Remote Copy software is built on its thin copy technology and is designed to allow users to maintain data availability for business continuity by copying data from one InServ Storage Server to another in a remote location.

3PAR Inc.’s Virtual Domains software is designed to provide secure administrative separation of users and hosts within shared, virtualized environments. Like virtual private network software, Virtual Domains can deliver thousands of secure virtual private arrays within a single InServ Storage Server. Its Virtual Lock software is designed to enable the retention of storage volumes for data governance and electronic discovery purposes. The Company’s Plug-In for VMware vCenter was developed to give VMware vSphere administrators enhanced visibility into storage resources and insight into how individual virtual machines are mapped to data stores and storage volumes. Its Host Explorer software is designed to automate host discovery and collection of detailed host configuration information in order to speed provisioning and simplify maintenance. The Company’s System Reporter software is designed to provide a Web-based performance and capacity management tool that aggregates historical system data for one or more InServ Storage Server. Its System Tuner software was developed to ensure optimal volume performance even as customers scale their systems and bring new applications online by autonomically detecting and eliminating hotspots and bottlenecks without disrupting applications, impacting service levels, or changing underlying volume characteristics.

The Company competes with EMC Corporation, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, IBM, Hewlett-Packard Company, NetApp Inc., Oracle Corporation and Dell Inc.

Business Line
Engaged in providing utility storage
Subsidiary
3 PAR HONG KONG LTD.
Advisor
PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP
IPO date
11/2/2007
US SIC Code
3572
Company Address
4209, Technology Drive

City province or state postal code
94538, FREMONT, CA
Phone: +1 510 413 5999
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Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.3par.com