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3PAR Expands Partnership with Citrix

3PAR, a provider of utility storage, announced expanded partner activities with Citrix to target internal clouds, including becoming a Citrix Ready Partner, ongoing certification of the 3PAR InServ Storage Server with Citrix XenServer, and collaboration to integrate the 3PAR Utility Storage platform with Citrix StorageLink technology under the Citrix Ready Open Storage Program.

"Citrix XenServer is an enterprise-class, cloud-proven server virtualization platform that delivers the critical features of live migration and centralized, multi-server management," said John Fanelli, VP of solutions and community marketing at Citrix Systems. "3PAR Utility Storage arrays feature storage virtualization technologies designed to improve VM density and reduce capacity requirements, reducing the server and storage assets necessary for enterprise private clouds."

All InServ Storage Server models have been tested and certified as Citrix Ready for Citrix XenServer 5.5. Joint 3PAR and Citrix customers have experienced the following benefits:

  • Up to 50 percent reduction in physical server purchases. 3PAR Utility Storage has been shown to increase virtual server performance without sacrificing reliability, which allows server virtualization customers to double the number of virtual machines configurable per physical server (also known as "VM density").
  • Simplified administration. 3PAR Utility Storage has reduced customer storage administration time by up to 90 percent. The platform also includes autonomic storage management features designed to complement the streamlined management of Citrix XenCenter, which delivers scalable setup and administration to XenServer environments.
  • Greater cost savings. Hyper-efficient 3PAR Utility Storage has been shown to reduce customer storage capacity requirements by using thin technologies to break the traditional link between allocated and purchased capacity.

"The combination of 3PAR Utility Storage and Citrix XenServer has exceeded every expectation we had for the internal cloud," said Jonathan Levine, COO at LinkShare. "With 3PAR and Citrix, we are able to use the Xen hypervisor in conjunction with a storage platform built from the ground up to save time, spend less money, and react to changing business needs."

"3PAR's support for Citrix XenServer and planned integration with StorageLink technology deliver combinatory benefits such as cost, equipment, and time savings," said David Scott, 3PAR President and CEO. "The virtualized infrastructure produced by combining 3PAR Utility Storage with Citrix XenServer forms an ideal foundation for service providers and other organizations building hyper-efficient, hyper-agile cloud computing datacenters."

Citrix Ready is a product verification program that showcases and recommends partner products, like 3PAR Utility Storage, which can be used with confidence in Citrix environments. The Citrix Ready Open Storage Program is a new program that uses StorageLink technology to facilitate storage platform interoperability with both Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V. Under this program, 3PAR and Citrix have agreed to work together to integrate Citrix StorageLink with 3PAR InServ arrays. This integration is aimed at allowing virtual server infrastructures to benefit from the array-based capabilities of the 3PAR Utility Storage platform.

3PAR is a provider of utility storage, a category of highly virtualized and tiered storage arrays built for public and private cloud computing.

Published Friday, April 02, 2010 6:01 AM by David Marshall
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