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New Panasas Systems' Support of IBM Power Linux Servers Drives Performance Breakthroughs for Data-Intensive Technical Enterprise

Customers See Accelerated Application Throughput with New ActiveStor Storage and IBM Power Systems

FREMONT, Calif. – May 27, 2009Panasas®, Inc., the leading provider of storage for the world’s most performance-intensive applications, today announced that the company has partnered with IBM to develop integrated support and optimized application performance when new ActiveStor storage systems are configured with IBM Power Systems running Linux. The combination provides outstanding performance levels and is an ideal solution for data-intensive applications in many industries including aerospace, energy, finance, government, life sciences, consumer products, and manufacturing.

The exceptional throughput of the Panasas parallel storage architecture eliminates bottlenecks in application performance for faster time to results, enabling customers to accelerate innovation by running their simulations and other data-intensive workloads significantly faster. In addition, IBM’s Power blade servers provide a secure, resilient and dynamic compute-layer solution that helps drive down costs, reduces risk, improves energy efficiency and enhances flexibility.

“High-performance and data-intensive application environments are growing segments of the market in which IBM Power servers offer exceptional computational performance, especially in clustered configurations,” said Katalin Bartfai-Walcott, IBM sales executive and senior technical staff member. “Panasas’ leading-edge storage performance and scalability allows us to help customers scale as their business grows. Panasas ActiveStor storage and IBM Power Linux servers are the perfect match to deliver the robustness, scalability, and performance to meet high-performance storage and parallel I/O needs, and dramatically improve total cost of ownership. We see the synergy between our two product lines as strategic to our business and look forward to developing best-of-breed solutions for our common customers.”

“One of our large oil and gas customers has measured more than 500MB/s of read and write performance from a single Power 6 server,” added Larry Jones, vice president of marketing, Panasas. “We’re impressed with the initial performance reports and believe our relationship with IBM is important because these new solutions deliver unlimited scalability, as well as investment protection and improved productivity for our joint customers.”

Panasas ActiveStor Benefits

Panasas provides the most comprehensive family of high-performance parallel storage solutions available today. Every Panasas ActiveStor system is based on the leading PanFS™ Parallel File System and delivers exceptional performance, scalability and manageability. Leveraging DirectFLOW,® a parallel storage access technology, Panasas now supports more than 500,000 servers with cost-effective, data-intensive, and linearly scalable storage solutions. This innovative architecture enables multiple, parallel data paths between computing nodes and Panasas ActiveStor storage, thereby eliminating the inherent performance and capacity bottlenecks of today’s file systems and file servers. Panasas also dramatically lowers the cost of managing data storage by supporting Petabytes of data capacity growth within a single, easily managed namespace and framework.


Panasas ActiveStor Series 7 and Series 8 systems with IBM Power Linux servers are immediately available through Panasas’ direct and reseller channels worldwide. The ActiveStor Series 9 will be available during the second half of 2009.

About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance storage for the world’s most performance-intensive applications, helps commercial, government and academic organizations accelerate their time to results leading to real world breakthroughs that improve people’s lives. Panasas’ high-performance storage systems enable customers to maximize the benefits of compute clusters by eliminating the storage bottleneck created with legacy network storage technologies. Panasas ActiveStor Parallel Storage Clusters, in conjunction with the ActiveScale® Operating Environment and PanFS™ parallel file system, offers the most comprehensive portfolio of storage solutions for high performance computing (HPC) environments. Panasas is headquartered in Fremont, California.For more information, please visit

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