The partnership includes a pairing of 3PAR Thin Provisioning and Dynamic Optimization platforms with PolyServe Database Utility and File Serving Utility software, which runs under Linux and Windows.
There is no actual integration: This is a joint marketing agreement only. Customers will still have to shell out full price for both products, and they will still have two vendors to deal with in support.
The starting price for a typical eight-CPU PolyServe software package is $52,000. 3PAR's Dynamic Optimization runs between $15,000 and $25,000 for a tiered-storage configuration with 30 Tbytes to 50 Tbytes of Fibre Channel capacity. Thin provisioning configurations often run between $20,000 and $30,000.
Despite these factors, at least one customer has found the arrangement a way to consolidate suppliers. Nancy Pejril, director of technical operations and quality assurance for Homescape, a division of Classified Ventures, says using 3PAR and PolyServe together has enabled her group to reduce storage costs, improve performance, and get rid of two other vendors in the process.