3PAR, the leading provider of Utility Storage, announced today that
eHarmony, the Internet's premier personal relationship service
based on scientifically-proven compatibility principles, has selected
the 3PAR InServ Storage Server to consolidate and protect its
mission-critical production system information, including core customer
and transaction processing databases. The Pasadena, California-based
company selected 3PAR over other vendors for ease of administration,
seamless scalability and cost-effective data protection.

"Buying ten year old storage technology doesn't work for us. The
capabilities 3PAR brought to the table were a no-brainer," said Mark
Douglas, Vice President of Technology at eHarmony. "Once you understand
3PAR's architecture, the benefits are obvious and compelling."

Competing aggressively with other online matchmaking firms, eHarmony
strives to bring IT projects to market quickly while minimising the cost
of delivering and supporting those projects. By consolidating onto 3PAR
Utility Storage, eHarmony was able to avoid costly incremental
investment in IT expertise, including the need to hire a database
administrator and a SAN administrator. The reduction in storage
complexity also freed existing administrative resources to pursue key
growth projects.

"We didn't want our people managing disk drives, and with 3PAR we don't
have to set up and manage RAID groups. The system is self-managing and
automatically balances I/O over every drive," commented Douglas. "This
lets us leverage the efficiency of RAID 5 liberally, and activities that
would usually take a month to accomplish with traditional storage
systems now require just a few minutes with 3PAR. That savings is huge
for us."

With over eight million users, eHarmony is the Internet's fastest
growing relationship service. To accommodate business growth-which
consumes gigabytes of new capacity per day-and to support new
initiatives, eHarmony sought to replace its aging infrastructure of
modular arrays. After considering modular array alternatives from a
traditional vendor, eHarmony selected a 3PAR InServ S400 Storage Server
for each of its data centres. 3PAR Thin Provisioning software was also
chosen for use with eHarmony's databases. eHarmony's mission critical
website, matchmaking application, payment processing and photo and
profile servers are now supported by 3PAR.

"The other solutions we considered had a learning curve and a level of
complexity that we just didn't want to undertake," commented Douglas.

Additionally, eHarmony chose 3PAR Virtual Copy for flexible and
efficient array-based snapshots. With 3PAR Virtual Copy, eHarmony has
increased availability of its mission critical applications by taking
hourly snapshots of all their related databases. eHarmony's IT
department also affordably retains these snapshots for up to a week to
enable rapid recovery from multiple points in time. They also perform
non-disruptive, off-host backups of their databases from these
snapshots. Lastly, eHarmony was able to connect multiple host servers
directly to each of its InServ Storage Servers, saving the company
additional expenditures on redundant, switched SAN environments.

"Consolidation is a preferred method for achieving a more
cost-effective, shared storage resource, but many approaches to
consolidation require special training and introduce additional
complexity" said John McArthur, Group Vice President and General Manager
for Information Infrastructure Research at IDC. "Many companies lack the
expertise to manage complex shared storage pools. Solutions like 3PAR's
Utility Storage platform, that both enable consolidation and avoid
introducing added complexity, are ideal for these companies."

"Companies like eHarmony which need to eliminate complexity and manage
rapid and unpredictable growth are turning to 3PAR Utility Storage for
their consolidated mission critical infrastructure," said David Scott,
President and CEO of 3PAR. "The benefits observed by eHarmony
demonstrate that 3PAR Utility Storage is uniquely suited for utility
computing and rapid return on investment."

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