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Object Storage

Brent Welch

CTO

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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

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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

Admin

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

Sr. Director of Product Marketing

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

Sr. Director of Product Marketing

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.

HPC Storage versus Legacy NAS: a Crazy Comparison

Barbara Murphy

CMO

Browsing one of my favorite channel-focused magazines, CRN, I read with some amusement the comments of Jay Kidd, senior vice-president of product strategy and development at NetApp. Kidd was highlighting one of the major new features of ONTAP 8.1.1 – the nine-year-long integration of Spinnaker Systems’ clustering capabilities.  “In the past we brought Ethernet storage…to the mainstream,” Kidd said. ”Now we are doing the same with clustering. We’re bringing it from the crazy world of high-performance computing to the world of commercial storage.”

HPC ≠ Complex and Unreliable!

Barbara Murphy

CMO

Utah State University (USU) is bucking the trend of many universities who are leveraging the high performance computing (HPC) facilities at national laboratories for research, paying on a per-use basis, rather than maintaining their own HPC centers.  Using national labs could potentially eliminate on-going capital equipment investment along with the associated operating and maintenance expenses, and is a good way to gain experience in HPC.  However, as the system demand grows, the work of planning research around available cycles on other systems brings its own set of challenges.&

Hadoop in the Enterprise?

Barbara Murphy

CMO

I recently attended a panel event at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley (http://www.churchillclub.org). “The Elephant in the Enterprise: What Role Will Hadoop Play?” certainly packed the house. The panel included users and vendors from Facebook, Cloudera, Oracle, MapR, and Metamarkets, each providing very different perspectives on Hadoop’s readiness for the enterprise. . It was interesting to compare the user perspective “…it is no way ready for primetime,” with the vendor perspective being “…of course it’s ready!”

Big Finance

Barbara Murphy

CMO

Last year I wrote a blog post that showed how the lack of parallelism in computing was a limiter to innovation.  My post was inspired by a technology article I read in the Economist magazine – http://www.panasas.com/blog/parallelism-goes-mainstream.

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