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PanFS 5.5: Industry Observers Take Note

Faye Pairman

President and CEO

Recently, we announced the release of PanFS 5.5 with enterprise-grade support for Windows-based workloads. I'm pleased to see the industry press take notice by analyzing and sharing our news for their readers, viewers and listeners. So what are people saying about PanFS 5.5? Following are a few highlights you may find of interest:

PanFS 5.5: Delivering Enterprise Grade Windows Support

Geoffrey Noer

VP of Product Management

Enterprise grade Windows support for technical computing? Are you crazy? Everybody in this space runs Linux!

Yes, I know, the compute clusters used for technical research and enterprise workloads pretty much all run Linux. After all, that’s why we originally created DirectFlow® - to maximize aggregate I/O performance and successfully handle thousands of concurrent compute nodes.

ActiveStor Harnesses the Power of Intel® Xeon Phi™ for HPC

Bill Ribera

VP of WW Sales & Field Operations

This is a guest post by: Rex Tanakit, VP of Systems Engineering at Panasas

Our customers asked for Xeon Phi support and we listened. We’re pleased to report that Panasas now supports the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor across our ActiveStor scale-out storage solutions, making Panasas the first storage vendor to unlock the full potential of this powerful technology.

Solving the Compute Client Distribution Problem

Geoffrey Noer

VP of Product Management

Scale-out NAS vendors like to brag about what they’ve done inside their storage architecture to distribute data evenly and allow the performance of their systems to scale as additional storage nodes are added. And at Panasas, we’re no exception.

However, while linear performance scaling inside a storage architecture is indeed critically important, that is only one half of the picture. With many scale-out NAS systems, system administrators frequently run into a serious challenge – how to evenly balance their compute clients across the storage system.

Object Storage

Brent Welch


Object storage is a generic term that describes an abstract data container and related metadata. The data can be an image, a file, a sensor reading, or whatever an application needs to store. The metadata describes the data, including a useful name for that data, where it came from, when it was created, how long it is valid, and whatever else may be important to the application that creates and uses the data object.

Panasas Scale-out Storage Modernizes Broadcast Media Production Workflow

Bill Ribera

VP of WW Sales & Field Operations

Calvary Chapel chose Panasas® ActiveStor® 14 to streamline its tapeless digital workflow and accelerate content distribution in order to distribute its teachings to a nationwide congregation.

Expanding HPC Capabilities? It's Not 'All' About Performance

Bill Ribera

VP of WW Sales & Field Operations

Panasas Director of Channel Sales for EMEA, Derek Burke, points out that pure performance isn’t the only important aspect of an HPC storage solution, especially when it’s tasked with processing multiple technical computing application workloads. Here is what he says… 


Whether Panasas® ActiveStor® is the storage backbone of a departmental HPC system for a specific application domain or for a centralized HPC service for a diverse range of users and applications – ‘performance’ is generally given the highest consideration.

Massive ActiveStor Deployment at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory


Panasas Marketing

With nearly 8.5 petabytes of ActiveStor storage, the Panasas installation at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) represents one of the largest multi-location, high-performance computing (HPC) storage deployments in Great Britain. Panasas ActiveStor gives RAL a solution that offers extreme scalability and simple storage management capabilities so that scientists can focus on important research, not on cumbersome system administration.

SSDs and Parallel Storage, Part III

Geoffrey Noer

VP of Product Management

Now that we’ve talked about Solid State Disk (SSD) technology and what it’s good and not good for, it’s worth talking about how and why SSD technology is used in our new flagship parallel storage solution, ActiveStor 14.

SSDs and Parallel Storage, Part II

Geoffrey Noer

VP of Product Management

This post is the second in a series of many on solid state storage and its use in parallel storage solutions.

How SSDs Work

Inside all SSDs are two major components:  Number of NAND flash memory chips and a controller.  The number of memory chips determines the capacity of the drive.  The controller, being the “brain” of the SSD, has the responsibility of making the collection of NAND flash chips look like fast HDDs to the host system.

This is not easy.


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