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December 6, 2009

3PAR releases Policy Advisor for Dynamic Optimisation

Adds autonomic policy management and automation capabilities for InServ Utility Storage Servers

By CBR Staff Writer

3PAR has released Policy Advisor for Dynamic Optimisation, a new software that adds further autonomic policy management and automation capabilities to Dynamic Optimisation for InServ Utility Storage Servers.

3PAR said Policy Advisor works by analysing how the InServ’s virtual volumes use physical disk space and then automatically makes non-disruptive adjustments to ensure optimal volume distribution and storage tiering across storage server resources.

The company said that Dynamic Optimisation made it possible for InServ users to non-disruptively alter volume parameters with a single click. These parameters include underlying RAID level, subsystem failure protection level, drive type, stripe width, and/or radial placement to achieve optimised data service levels at a lower cost.

According to 3PAR, the Policy Advisor augments autonomic management capabilities by adding intelligent analysis and additional automation features, designed to eliminate storage administration time associated with managing quality of service levels. The autonomic management capability is useful for large-scale performance optimisations such as redistributing volumes after capacity is added to an InServ or following the move of a large number of virtual volumes between storage tiers within the array.

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David Scott, president and CEO of 3PAR, said: We believe that Policy Advisor is the next stage in the natural evolution of autonomic storage management, adding policy management and significant scale to further simplify service level optimisation.

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