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Panasas Signs Technology Partnership with Hortonworks

Joint Agreement to Accelerate Adoption of Hadoop in the High Performance
Technical Computing Markets

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 16, 2012 – Panasas, Inc., the leader in high performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and big data workloads, today announced a technology partnership with Hortonworks, a leading commercial vendor promoting the innovation, development, and support of Apache Hadoop.  As part of the agreement, Panasas will become a member of the Hortonworks Technology Partner Program, which was formed to accelerate the growth of a vibrant Apache Hadoop ecosystem through technology collaboration, technical support, joint testing and evangelism.

“Panasas is eager to work with Hortonworks, a premier company in the space, to develop technologies that will allow the rapid adoption of Apache Hadoop in technical computing markets,” said Barbara Murphy, chief marketing officer at Panasas. “Our shared purpose is to help our customers obtain business value from their data quickly and easily.”

The two companies will work together to ensure compatibility between the Hortonworks Data Platform and Panasas parallel storage products, as well as on future technologies, to improve the ability to move data on and off dedicated Hadoop clusters to a highly available, long-term storage appliance like Panasas® ActiveStor®. Panasas has delivered high performance storage systems to big data markets since 2004 and is currently working on enhancements to Apache Hadoop to improve interoperability with external storage.

“The rapid adoption of Hadoop in technical computing environments is driving the need for greater interoperability between various storage platforms, file systems and Hadoop applications,” said Mitch Ferguson, vice president of business development at Hortonworks. “Panasas is an established leader in parallel file systems and the expertise it will bring to Hadoop will be invaluable.”

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.

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks is a leading commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop, the preeminent open source platform for storing, managing, and analyzing big data. Our distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform powered by Apache Hadoop, provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. Hortonworks is the trusted source for information on Hadoop and together with the Apache community, Hortonworks is making Hadoop more robust and easier to install, manage, and use. For more information, visit www.hortonworks.com.

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