Storage Project from 3PAR, Symantec
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.