3PAR Inc. was a manufacturer of systems and software for data storage and information management headquartered in Fremont, California, USA. 3PAR produced computer data storage products, including hardware disk arrays and storage management software. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Hewlett Packard Enterprise after an acquisition in 2010. 3PAR was founded in mid-1998 or 1999, originally called 3PARdata. The founders included Jeffrey Price and Ashok Singhal, the P and A in the companys 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. 3PARs primary competitors in the enterprise storage market are EMC Corporation, Pure Storage, NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems and IBM. 3PAR called itself a pioneer of thin provisioning, 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.