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Industry Data Storage
Founded 1999
Founder Jeffrey Price
Ashok Singhal
Robert Rogers
Headquarters Fremont, California, USA
Area served
Key people
David C. Scott
(President), (CEO) & (Director)
Revenue US$194.28 million (FY10)
US$ -3.33 million (FY10)
US$ -3.18 million (FY10)
Total assets US$212.30 million (FY10)
Number of employees
657 (FY10)
Parent Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Website www.hpe.com/us/en/storage/3par.html

3PAR Inc. was a manufacturer of systems and software for data storage and information management headquartered in Fremont, California, USA. 3PAR produced enterprise storage products, including hardware disk arrays and storage management software. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in 2010.


3PAR was founded in 1999. The founders included Jeffrey Price and Ashok Singhal, the P and A in the company's name. The R stands for a third partner, Robert Rogers, who left the company in 2001. David Scott became president and CEO in January 2001.

3PAR first shipped the InServ storage server in September 2002. 3PAR's primary competitors in the enterprise storage market are EMC Corporation, Pure Storage, NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems and IBM. 3PAR has been called a "pioneer and champion"[1][2] for thin provisioning,[3] a mechanism to improve the utilization efficiency of storage capacity deployment. 3PAR first announced this capability in June 2002 and shipped it to customers in 2003.

In September 2007, 3PAR opened a second research and development office in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[4] The company completed an initial public offering in November 2007[5] and was initially listed on the NYSE Arca. In the same month, 3PAR introduced Virtual Domains, which allow for secure application data isolation on a consolidated multi-tenant storage platform. In December 2008, 3PAR moved to the NYSE Big Board. One year later, 3PAR opened an Indian subsidiary in Bangalore focused on providing logistical and administrative support for its Global Services and Support operations. In March 2010, the company introduced 3PAR Adaptive Optimization, the industry's first implementation of Autonomic Storage Tiering for cost optimization in high-end storage systems, targeted at enterprises and service providers. In April 2010, the company was recognized by Forbes magazine as the fourth fastest growing technology company in its Tech25 list.[6]

3PAR supplies its customers through a direct sales force in the US, the UK, Germany and Canada. It also supplies its InServ platform through storage systems integrators and channel partners in other countries around the world including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, India, Australia, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Norway and South Africa.

Takeover bids[edit]

On August 16, 2010, Dell announced that it would acquire 3PAR in a transaction valued at approximately $1.15 billion, net of 3PAR's cash.[7]

Following that, on August 23, 2010, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP) announced it had offered $1.5 billion (30% higher than Dell's offer) to acquire 3PAR in a letter sent to 3PAR's president and CEO.[8]

On August 26, 2010, 3PAR said it accepted Dell's revised offer for a price of $24.30 per share, or approximately $1.6 billion, net of 3PAR's cash.[9]

Then on August 27, both parties re-offered their bids, with Dell offering $27 a share to buy 3PAR, and HP offering $30 only 90 minutes later, valuing the company at more than $2 billion.[10]

On September 2, 2010, Dell increased its offer to $32 per share but declined to revise its bid after HP upped its bid to $2.4 billion or $33 per share shortly thereafter.[11][12] Dell received a $72 million break-up fee from 3PAR for the termination of the initial merger agreement.

On September 27, 2010, HP completed the acquisition for $2.35 billion.


A 3PAR storage device in 2007

3PAR promoted what it called "utility storage",[13] designed to be the storage foundation for utility computing architectures. Utility computing architectures provide a multi-tenant platform on which service providers can deliver both virtualized and scalable enterprise IT as a utility service. The emergence of software as a service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and social networking business models deployed via the internet and cloud computing are examples of this trend. Enterprises and government organizations that are turning their IT organizations into internal service bureaus by building shared virtualized infrastructures for flexible workload consolidation are another.

3PAR's SAN product, the InServ storage server, is a component of the enterprise storage in data centers.[14] It includes the models T400 and T800 which compete with high-end monolithic storage arrays like the EMC DMX and HDS USP, and the models F200 and F400 which compete with modular storage arrays like the EMC CX and HP EVA. The same InForm operating system software suite runs across both the F- and T-class platforms.

Model Max # disks Max Raw Capacity Max FC Host Ports Max iSCSI Host Ports Max FCoE Host Ports Notes
E200 128 63 TB 12 × 4 Gbit/s 4 × 1 Gbit/s
F200 192 128 TB 12 × 4 Gbit/s 8 × 1 Gbit/s
F400 384 384 TB 24 × 4 Gbit/s 16 × 1 Gbit/s
S400 640 300 TB 48 × 4 Gbit/s  ?
S800 1280 600 TB 96 × 4 Gbit/s  ?
T400 640 400 TB 64 × 4 Gbit/s 16 × 1 Gbit/s
T800 1280 800 TB 128 × 4 Gbit/s 32 × 1 Gbit/s
7200 240 400 TB 12 x 8 Gbit/s 4 ×  10Gbit/s 4 × 10 Gbit/s
7400 480 1,1 PB 24 x 8 Gbit/s 4 ×  10Gbit/s 8 × 10 Gbit/s
7450 240 220 TB 24 x 8 Gbit/s 8 × 10 Gbit/s 8 × 10 Gbit/s All Flash-storage Array (SSD)
10400 960 1,6 PB 96 x 8 Gbit/s 16 × 10 Gbit/s 48 × 10 Gbit/s
10800 1920 3,2 PB 192 × 8 Gbit/s 32 × 10 Gbit/s 96 × 10 Gbit/s


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