3PAR introduces new storage array

Storage vendor claims to be first to incorporate silicon-based thin technologies into system hardware.

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By  Sean Robson Published  September 7, 2008

Utility storage provider 3PAR has introduced the InServ T400 and T800 storage servers, its new T-class arrays, with integrated fat to thin provisioning.

According to the company, the InServ arrays are capable of delivering high levels of performance and consolidation simply and affordably, so that customers don't have to overprovision capacity or resort to complex administration to increase performance and improve utilisation.

The new arrays have been built on 3PAR’s third generation InSpire architecture and, according to the Storage Performance Council (SPC), the T800 doubles the performance of the previous generation of InServ arrays to become the fastest single-system storage array.

3PAR has designed its newest array with an eye on the future as virtualised infrastructure become more prevalent.

“With mounting interest in cloud and self-service computing as delivery models for enterprise IT as a utility service, it’s increasingly important for organisations to build cost-effective and sharable virtualised IT infrastructures based on utility computing architectures. With its unique, ‘Thin Built In’ architecture, the T-Class is a storage building block designed to do just this,” said David Scott, CEO of 3PAR.

“Enterprise datacentre managers continually seek to decrease complexity and increase utilisation. To this end, virtualisation technologies such as thin provisioning are fast becoming ‘must have’ features to realise greater efficiencies in the virtualised datacentre,” said Brad Nisbet, research manager, storage systems at IDC.

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