FREMONT, CA, Jun 15, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — 3PAR(R)(PAR 10.58, +0.38, +3.74%), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today that, in order to take advantage of the steady growth of the cloud and utility computing markets, it has signed up a new partner and increased its headcount in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) by more than 40%, with a focus on expanding its sales and customer services teams. Offering a new approach to storage architecture and a storage platform purpose-built to power the delivery of enterprise-class services via the cloud, 3PAR has taken advantage of the increased adoption of cloud computing in EMEA to grow operations over the past 12 months.

3PAR sells directly or through partners in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, and the UK. During the past year, 3PAR hired its first system engineers in France and the Netherlands and signed up channel partner Purity in Norway. 3PAR also partners with AntemetA in France and Luxembourg, Databasement in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain, POLCOM in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, and SYSDBA in South Africa.

3PAR promoted Tim Pitcher, who is based at 3PAR’s European central office in Staines, UK, to Vice President, International Region, making him the first senior 3PAR executive based outside of North America. Additionally, the company promoted Joao Silva, also based in Staines, to EMEA Sales Director, and appointed Wai Man Yau as Regional Director, UK and Ireland.

“I am proud of what the team has achieved in the past year,” said Pitcher. “The market grows more competitive every day, and yet customers have repeatedly chosen 3PAR over other vendors to help make the most of their storage infrastructures, particularly utility and cloud storage. We believe our success in EMEA to date is a testament to the strength of our value proposition, which is based on delivering resilient infrastructure with the agility to meet rapidly changing business demands, and for up to 50% less than traditional storage.”

According to Tier 1 Research, 3PAR’s storage platform is in use at seven of the world’s top ten managed hosting providers, including Attenda, Savvis, and Verizon Business, which all have cloud computing deployments in Europe built on 3PAR. Other European cloud computing service providers deploying 3PAR include Carrenza and Intercept. 3PAR’s European customers also include private cloud installations at financial services firms such as Thames River Capital and Credit Suisse, as well as others outside financial services including Bateman Engineering, Carphone Warehouse, and Comic Relief.

“3PAR Utility Storage combines effective virtualization, green credentials, and a range of software features that allow end users to lower their total cost of ownership while making the storage infrastructure much more flexible and energy-efficient,” said Chris Bamber, Managing Director at SYSDBA, 3PAR’s partner in South Africa. “With 3PAR, we approach customers with a superior value proposition than other resellers, and this is a significant advantage for us.”

“We see 3PAR as the future of storage,” said Rob Christ, Director and Founder of Databasement. “3PAR is one of the leading and most innovative storage companies at this moment, and is well known for delivering unrivalled performance and efficiency. With 3PAR Utility Storage, Databasement is able to offer our customers unique benefits that enhance their cloud computing deployments, such as agility and cost efficiency. Furthermore, 3PAR’s innovative technologies enhance server virtualization with VMware(TM), enabling our service provider, hosting, and integrator customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain to build virtual datacenters with unmatched advantages.”

About 3PAR 3PAR(R) (PAR 10.58, +0.38, +3.74%) is the leading global provider of utility storage, a category of highly virtualized, dynamically tiered, multi-tenant storage arrays built for public and private cloud computing. Our virtualized storage platform was built from the ground up to be agile and efficient and to eliminate the limitations of traditional storage arrays for utility infrastructures. As a pioneer of thin provisioning and other storage virtualization technologies, we design our products to reduce power consumption to help companies meet their green computing initiatives and to cut storage total cost of ownership. 3PAR customers have used our self-managing, efficient, and adaptable utility storage systems to reduce administration time and provisioning complexity, to improve server and storage utilization, and to scale and adapt flexibly in response to continuous growth and changing business needs. For more information, visit the 3PAR Website at:

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