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Now Shipping Panasas® ActiveStor® 16 Hybrid Scale-Out NAS Appliance with RAID 6+ Triple Parity Protection

Sunnyvale, California – October 29, 2014 – Panasas, the leader in hybrid scale-out NAS for technical computing environments, announced today that its ActiveStor16 hybrid scale-out NAS appliance is now shipping. Powered by the company’s most advanced storage operating system release to date, PanFS 6.0, ActiveStor 16 delivers an industry first – performance that increases with scale alongside enterprise-grade reliability that improves at scale – a counterintuitive promise that eliminates fundamental compromises between performance, capacity and reliability that storage users have previously come to accept.

The ActiveStor16 appliance increases storage density by 50 percent while PanFS 6.0 delivers RAID 6+ triple parity data protection for a 150x increase in reliability over dual parity products, with no compromise to performance or manageability.

The University of Minnesota selected ActiveStor16 to accelerate their critical medical and scientific research projects. Deployed as a private cloud, university researchers require a hybrid solution that delivers the fastest time-to-results across a wide variety of demanding workloads without compromise to either the reliability or manageability of the system.

"With a diverse research user base requiring reliability and performance over a wide range of input/output workloads, we felt that the next generation of Panasas storage solutions provided a proven and uncompromising choice," said Jeff McDonald, assistant director for HPC operations for Minnesota Supercomputing Institute at the University of Minnesota.

“We’re excited to see the rapid adoption of ActiveStor 16 validating our belief that we have set a new standard for performance and reliability at scale,” said Geoffrey Noer, vice president of product management. “Technical computing deployments in the enterprise continue to grow, driving massive increases in the sizes of unstructured data sets. Our unique offering of proven reliability at scale combined with the high performance and manageability for which Panasas is known will continue to set Panasas apart in the storage marketplace.”

Panasas will be demonstrating ActiveStor 16 at the SC14 Conference Nov. 17 through 20 in booth 2657. To request an appointment at the event, visit

About Panasas
Panasas ActiveStor® hybrid scale-out NAS appliances drive enterprise and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. ActiveStor solutions leverage the patented PanFS® storage operating system, delivering high performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Now in its fifth generation, ActiveStor is optimized for the most demanding big data workloads in energy, government, life sciences, manufacturing, media, and university environments and has been deployed in more than fifty countries worldwide. For more information, visit

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