By Ann Silverthorn
—This week, 3PAR introduced Utility Data Lifecycle Management (DLM), which is designed to reduce storage costs without the expense and complexity associated with information lifecycle management (ILM). Utility DLM includes a scalable tiered storage array, administration and system tuning tools, data management services, and virtual copy and remote copy services.
"Some users are dissatisfied with ILM," says Craig Nunes, 3PAR's vice president of marketing. "Users that only want to reduce costs within the storage environment often do not require the document control of ILM. The cost of setting up ILM just to reduce storage is spending a lot to save a little. ILM has its place, but DLM focuses just on the storage infrastructure and reducing costs related to it."
Utility DLM's features include the following:
- Single storage platform with multiple tiers of service: Utility DLM consolidates storage tiers into 3PAR's InServ disk array. Users can provision high performance, high availability applications to the higher cost resources within the array, and archive or make copies of data for sharing on lower-cost resources.
- Simplified storage tier administration: With tier administration tools, users can pre-construct service-level templates to allow repeated provisioning of storage classes. An automated system tuner tool load balances disk resources to maintain performance.
- Common data management services: 3PAR's Virtual Copy and Remote Copy allow administrators to move data from one tier to another, or in and out of remote copy groups. These functions can be performed online without user disruption or downtime.
- Data service level optimization: Dynamic Optimization allows organizations to non-disruptively adjust storage properties and performance based on application and business requirements.
Pricing for Utility DLM, with a 5TB InServ array and all software, is $169,000.
3PAR also pre-announced Adaptive Provisioning, although that feature will not be available until next year.