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SC14: HPC Storage Matters

Bill Ribera

VP of WW Sales & Field Operations

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 capabilities of today’s most innovative computing systems, and our booth and meeting rooms were filled, start to finish, with IT pros looking to understand just how Panasas can support their highly demanding, always evolving workloads with storage that blends performance, reliability and manageability, without compromise.

I’m pleased to say that between our non-stop demo of our user interface, our new SiteSync application, the new ActiveStor 16 system and PanFS 6.0 with RAID 6+ triple parity protection, the easiest part of our time in “the Big Easy” was explaining what Panasas can do to help high-performance computing environments protect, manage and deliver their data for faster discoveries and better results. (The hard part, you might ask? Resisting the allure of the birthplace of jazz right outside the convention center doors!)

Of course with next year’s event, SC15 moves from one live music capital to another, Austin, Texas, and I trust storage will again be a big topic for discussion. I hope to see you there! Until next time, my best wishes to all our readers for a prosperous 2015.