3PAR Doubles Performance Record with New Storage Server

3PAR this week began shipping its new InServ X-Series Storage Server, and to prove the new offering is no slouch, the company also released a benchmark that affirms the new server doubles 3PAR’s own previous performance record.

3PAR says the new InServ X-Series doubles the consolidation headroom of the company’s scalable enterprise array, and a simple in-box upgrade lets current customers dramatically extend their investment while leaving their storage environment undisturbed.

3PAR also announced the release of its 2.1.1 InForm Operating System, which includes new quality of service (QoS) management tools, and the
introduction of a new Microsoft Exchange data management solution for rapid Exchange backup and granular recovery.

Coming just a month after a $32 million funding round, it looks like 3PAR isn’t resting on its laurels.

To demonstrate the power of the new InServ X-Series, 3PAR posted a world-record SPC Benchmark-1 (SPC-1) result that doubles the company’s own previous single-system record set by the first-generation InServ Storage Server.

3PAR InServ X-Series Servers

The 3PAR InServ S800 X-Series (8-node) achieved a result of 100,045.74 SPC-1 IOPS (Input/Output operations per second), an SPC-1 Price-Performance of $14.81/SPC-1 IOPS, and a total ASU capacity of 16,468.673 gigabytes. The results used a data protection level of mirrored.

The SPC-1 benchmark results for 3PAR’s InServ S800 X-Series can be found at: http://www.storageperformance.org/results.html.

3PAR says the new InServ X-Series is built around 3PAR’s patented ASIC and Intel Xeon processors.

The company also introduced 3PAR Templates, a new quality of service tool that makes it possible to manage multiple applications or departmental service levels from a shared InServ Storage Server. 3PAR additionally debuted System Tuner, a management tool that automatically optimizes performance system-wide, assuring application service levels.

The final product announcement from 3PAR is for its newly unveiled Virtual Copy DBA for Microsoft Exchange, an Exchange data management offering that the company says improves service levels and reduces IT complexity. Virtual Copy technology draws copy capacity in small increments from free space as needed, eliminating the need to reserve conservative amounts of copy space on a per-volume basis, according to the Fremont, Calif.-based company.

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