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Panasas Announces High-Performance Storage Solutions with Aggressive Pricing to Accelerate Research at Universities and Colleges

Aimed at Stimulating Research in Energy Efficiency, Life Sciences, and Material Sciences, New ActiveStor Models Deliver Up to 200 Percent Performance Boost

FREMONT, Calif. – May 12, 2009Panasas®, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance storage for the world’s most performance-intensive applications, today announced storage solutions designed specifically for higher education and university research organizations. The new Panasas Research Solutions combine the recently announced Panasas ActiveStor™ storage platforms with a research-optimized service offering aimed at driving the best price/performance and lowest cost of ownership for university researchers focused on driving new breakthroughs in energy efficiency, life sciences, material sciences, and other disciplines. New ActiveStor features include up to 200 percent faster performance, asynchronous data replication for greater data protection, and data migration capabilities that allow for seamless performance and capacity upgrades without downtime.

“Panasas understands the pivotal role that academic research plays in technical innovation, scientific breakthroughs, and a healthy economy,” said Dr. Garth Gibson, CTO of Panasas and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. “Our solutions are deployed across the world, in data-intensive research facilities working on everything from climate research and vehicle safety to drug discovery and the search for greener energy. We provide affordable, research-ready storage systems that provide extraordinary performance for the world’s most demanding applications.”

A Decade of Driving Higher Education and Research

Gibson founded Panasas in 1999, following a research program into the high-end data storage requirements of flagship U.S. national research facilities. The company has since deployed its high-performance storage solutions to industry-leading organizations in aerospace, automotive, energy, finance, higher education, industrial manufacturing, government, and life sciences in 35 countries.

Product Specifications

The Panasas ActiveScale® File System provides a scalable architecture capable of achieving performance in the hundreds of gigabytes per second simply by adding individual performance modules to achieve aggregate performance levels. The aggregated modules appear as a single system featuring a global namespace, for unified management. The Panasas ActiveStor Series 7 and 8 performance modules provide options to meet a wide range of research application requirements.

Research System: Series 7 Single Performance ModuleAggregate Performance and Capacity per RackResearch System: Series 8 Single Performance ModuleAggregate Performance and Capacity per Rack

Performance & Capacity Research System: Series 7 Single Performance Module Aggregate Performance and Capacity per Rack Research System: Series 8 Single Performance Module Aggregate Performance and Capacity per Rack
MB/sec Up to 350MB/sec Up to 3.5GB/sec Up to 600MB/sec Up to 6.0GB/sec
Raw Storage Capacity 20TB 200TB 16TB - 22TB 160TB - 220TB
Storage Cache Capacity 5GB 50GB 16GB - 44GB 160GB - 440GB
Customer Support (included) 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years


The Panasas Research Solutions are immediately available via the company’s reseller partners. For more information and pricing, please contact your local Panasas reseller via For further information on the new Panasas ActiveStor products, please visit

About Panasas ActiveStor

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® 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.

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

Panasas, ActiveScale, DirectFLOW and PanFS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Panasas, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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