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Calvary Chapel Selects Panasas Scale-out Storage to Distribute its Teachings to a Nationwide Congregation

Panasas® ActiveStor® Modernizes Broadcast Media Production with Streamlined Tapeless Digital Workflow and Accelerated Content Distribution

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 4, 2013 – Panasas, Inc., the leader in high performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and big data workloads, is Calvary Chapel’s chosen storage provider to accelerate broadcast media production and speed content distribution. Relying on the Panasas® ActiveStor® 14 parallel storage solution, Calvary broadcasts services to multiple locations and streams high definition video content and other recorded material to its widely dispersed 40,000 member congregation.

With out-of-date infrastructure, Calvary Chapel’s video production team suffered performance delays, capacity limitations and file sharing inefficiencies that impacted the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 ActiveStor 14 and the integrated PanFS® parallel file system. Panasas also provided data distribution technology that allowed Calvary Chapel to dramatically speed delivery of its high definition (HD) content to its congregation.

“ActiveStor 14 gave us the bandwidth, scalability and reliability to process and protect our mission-critical video content and modernize our workflow,” said Jack Chew, video operations manager for Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale. “Delivering analogue tape to remote locations used to take five people in their cars almost an hour each. Now our congregation watches video streaming from our central production facility in just ten minutes.”

ActiveStor 14 delivers the scale-out NAS performance, reliability and value that perfectly suits media production environments. By accelerating performance with Solid State Drive (SSD) technology, ActiveStor 14 easily meets the needs of file-based workloads commonly found in broadcast video production. The easy-to-use storage blade architecture provides the ability to increase capacity without workflow disruption while PanFS delivers performance by spreading the workload across available resources.

“Fast video production and seamless content delivery to its thousands of weekly viewers is mission critical for Calvary Chapel,” said Bill Ribera, vice president of worldwide sales and field operations at Panasas. “ActiveStor is the perfect tool for Calvary’s media producers, giving them an easily managed system, the best possible performance and the flexibility to effortlessly scale capacity as needs grow.”

To see ActiveStor 14 in action and to speak to a Panasas parallel storage expert, visit Panasas and ReelData at the National Association of Broadcasters conference (NAB) in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., April 8-11 in booth # N625.

About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the leader in high performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and big data workloads, enables customers to rapidly solve complex computing problems, speed innovation and accelerate new product introduction. All Panasas storage products leverage the patented PanFS™ storage operating system to deliver superior performance, data protection, scalability and manageability. Panasas systems are optimized for demanding storage environments in the bioscience, energy, finance, government, manufacturing, and university markets. For more information, visit www.panasas.com.

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Panasas North American Media Contact

James McIntyre
McClenahan Bruer
panasas@mcbru.com
(503) 546-1000

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