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By Brent Welch on April 16, 2013 - 7:39pm
Categories: Parallel Storage

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.

Objects are explicitly created and deleted, which is unlike storage on a block device. In a traditional block storage system, a file system or...

By Bill Ribera on April 4, 2013 - 10:34pm

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.

Previously, with out-of-date infrastructure, Calvary’s video production team suffered performance delays, capacity limitations and file sharing inefficiencies that impacted the organization’s ability to keep up with modern media workloads. Panasas, with reseller partner ReelData, designed a tapeless, digital workflow using Panasas...

By Bill Ribera on March 26, 2013 - 5:01pm
Categories: Parallel Storage

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.

From a compute performance...

By Geoffrey Noer on March 19, 2013 - 8:26pm
Categories: Object RAID, Panasas News, RAID

Happy birthday, RAID!  Twenty-five years ago, in March 1988, Panasas founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, published the paper “A Case for Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID)” with co-authors David Patterson and Randy Katz, inventing a concept that would prove central to the storage industry for decades to come. Congratulations to all three of these storage visionaries!

For those of you who have not yet viewed them, Garth recorded a series of ...

By Barbara Murphy on March 12, 2013 - 11:08pm
Categories: pNFS

In late February, Red Hat announced the release of Enterprise Linux 6.4 with pNFS support. This validates the pNFS standard that Panasas and its founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, have long been championing. While the announcement did not receive much fanfare in the press, Red Hat adoption of pNFS is a key advance for the pNFS standard which until now has lacked a mainstream commercial release vehicle. We believe this to be the most important step forward for pNFS since the protocol was first included in the upstream 3.0 Linux kernel in 2011, after years of effort by engineers...

By Brent Welch on March 11, 2013 - 6:45pm
Categories: Panasas News

Quality is obviously important for any software product and storage systems have particularly demanding quality requirements.  Customers expect to reliably retrieve the data they store.  Unfortunately, software has bugs, and the consequence of a bug in a storage system ranges from minor inconvenience, to system down time, to corrupted or lost user data.  The recently published paper, "A Study of Linux File System Evolution," by Lu et. al., presented at the FAST'13 Conference, describes...

By Barbara Murphy on February 7, 2013 - 8:00am

Panasas founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, and Steve Conway, research vice president in IDC's high performance computing group took some time recently to discuss HPC trends and forces affecting storage in the HPC market. The role that solid state technology plays in HPC storage, now and in future scenarios is discussed in this second of three video chapters. pNFS was covered in the first installment and big data will be explored in the third and final chapter (coming soon).

Panasas and IDC Solid State Disk discussion transcript:

Steve Conway: SSDs – where...

By Admin on January 31, 2013 - 10:42pm

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. RAL won the “Public Sector Storage Project of the Year” award for its work done with Panasas ActiveStor at last month’s Storage Virtualization and Cloud...

By Admin on January 29, 2013 - 10:30pm
Categories: Big Data

ATK Aerospace is the world’s top producer of solid rocket propulsion systems and a leading supplier of military and commercial aircraft structures. It built the systems that lifted the Space Shuttle, the Mars rover, and the Hubble Space Telescope into space.  ATK engineers use Panasas ActiveStor to speed innovation and reduce cost in its demanding research, and product performance simulation processes.

Supported by its high performance computing (HPC) center used by multiple business units across 12 US locations, ATK’s engineers and scientists employ advanced computer-aided...

By Barbara Murphy on January 24, 2013 - 6:37pm
Categories: pNFS

Panasas founder and chief scientist, Dr. Garth Gibson, and Steve Conway, research vice president in IDC's high performance computing group took some time recently to discuss HPC trends and forces affecting storage in the HPC market. The role that pNFS will play in HPC storage is discussed in this first of three video chapters. The role for solid state technology in HPC installations and big data will both be explored in upcoming installments.


Panasas and IDC pNFS discussion transcript:

Steve Conway: The first question I have for you is about pNFS....