Storage Project from 3PAR, Symantec

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-10-17 Print this article Print


3PAR, Symantec team up to save storage space

3PAR and Symantec announced that they are teaming up to help put to work orphaned or unused storage space that is costing enterprises lots of money with no return, as well as to optimize currently usable capacity.

The combination of 3PAR's highly regarded thin-provisioning software and Symantec Veritas' Storage Foundation puts to use file system-level intelligence to automatically optimize storage system utilization.

This "space reclamation project" is just what the doctor ordered for many IT managers, who often in the past have had to struggle with older single-use servers and arrays, and not get a full use of the capacities at hand.

Thin provisioning is a method of storage resource management and virtualization that lets IT administrators limit the allocation of actual physical storage to what applications immediately need. It enables the automatic addition of capacity on demand up to preset limits so that IT departments can avoid buying and managing excessive amounts of disk storage.

"Thin provisioning has quickly become a 'must have' in the fight against low disk utilization, which is cited time and time again as a major pain point for data centers," said Jeff Boles, senior analyst at Taneja Group.

The joint project between 3PAR and Symantec is aimed at giving Storage Foundation the ability to track the mapping of block-level capacity to thin-provisioned volumes on 3PAR InServ Storage Servers.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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