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By Geoffrey Noer on June 8, 2015
Categories: RAID

First published in on June 8, 2015

Is RAID dead or alive? Are erasure codes replacing RAID for data protection?

We present these questions, because some storage vendors promote RAID, while others promote erasure codes. Looking at how vendors are marketing data protection in their products, it almost appears that there is a battle between RAID and erasure code technology and that everyone will agree on a winner at some point.

The truth is that these are...

By Panasas on January 22, 2015
Scale-Out NAS Scalability Manageability Director Blade Storage Shelf

The Panasas ActiveStor 16 appliance is poised to revolutionize scale-out storage. This new educational video describes five key aspects of the ActiveStor 16 that set it apart from other enterprise solutions on the market....

By Bill Ribera on December 24, 2014

Last month the Panasas team made our way to New Orleans for SC14, this year’s edition of the outstanding annual conference and exhibition that draws professionals from around the world to learn what’s next in HPC and enterprise computing. Organizers chose “HPC Matters” as the year’s theme, and after a week spent talking with the some of the brightest minds in the industry about what high-performance computing is achieving in the real world, I couldn’t think of a more apt way to sum up what I saw and heard.

Of course, storage continues to serve a crucial role in fueling the...

By Geoffrey Noer on November 6, 2014
Categories: RAID, Scale-out NAS

Today, Panasas® announced a new program to help customers upgrade the reliability of their Panasas ActiveStor® scale-out NAS storage systems to gain the full benefit of PanFS RAID 6+.

Our current customers have deployed Panasas systems for many years based on per-file RAID 5 data protection with great success. After all, Panasas per-file RAID 5 provided dual parity data protection (horizontal plus vertical parity) for an overall level of data protection comparable to a traditional RAID 6 approach. However, with the PanFS 6...

By Panasas on October 17, 2014

We’re pleased to release the first in a three-part series of video Q&A sessions with Panasas Chief Scientist Dr. Garth Gibson. The series will offer a candid look at the underpinnings of the PanFS file system and what sets it apart from other approaches to data management and data protection. In the first video in the series, Dr. Gibson discusses Object RAID, erasure codes and the parallelization of per-file data protection and reconstruction that makes Panasas RAID 6+ the most efficient and...

By Geoffrey Noer on August 27, 2014

Boosting storage performance has been a top priority ever since Panasas was founded more than ten years ago. Today, it’s more important than ever. In the IDC report “HPC End-User Study of the Storage and Interconnects Used in Technical Computing” (Sept. 2013), analysts highlighted the increasing focus that storage performance is getting with storage buyers:

Storage and data management have arguably become the most important HPC "pain points" already, with access densities a particularly troubling issue. […]Many HPC sites are doubling their storage capacities every two to three years...
By Bill Ribera on August 24, 2014

Earlier this month the Panasas team trekked to Vancouver, B.C. for the 41st SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition. According to organizers, this year’s gathering hosted more than 14,000 attendees from 75 countries – truly an international event and an unparalleled setting to learn more about the opportunities and challenges that are driving graphics development and video, film and video game production today.

Of the many professionals we spoke with, there was a common thread among all of them: whatever their industry or workflow, everyone had either reached the point at which their...

By Geoffrey Noer on August 21, 2014

Having built a good portion of my career in the storage industry, it’s clear to me that storage vendors generally just don’t like talking about some topics. Companies aren’t shy to brag about storage throughput or IOPS performance, their attractive price per terabyte, or how their product is so easy to use. Panasas is no different here – we are also quick to tell you about the benefits in our ActiveStor platform.

But when it comes to discussing what can actually go wrong with their product, most storage vendors understandably find it an uncomfortable subject and go silent, despite...

By Bill Ribera on July 16, 2014

Another week – another big European trade show!

In late June, the Panasas team had the pleasure of participating in ISC’14: the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig. The show hosted a solid turnout of professionals from enterprise and research institutions as well as industry media and analysts, all there to take a deep dive into the trends and technologies that are driving this accelerating field. I daresay they were not disappointed!

From the conversations we enjoyed in the Panasas booth, it was clear that storage challenges are an increasingly high priority...

By Faye Pairman on July 8, 2014

Along with the official start of summer in California, June marked a significant step forward for our hybrid scale-out NAS product line.  This month, we announced ActiveStor 16 with PanFS 6.0 and RAID 6+ data protection. This powerful combination yields a high-density platform and industry-leading reliability at scale while ensuring the manageability and performance that are essential for big data deployments.   

I’m overjoyed to see the industry...