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The challenge in building an IT infrastructure for universities and other institutions for higher learning and research is ensuring uptime for a broad range of end users as well as managing the diverse data-intensive applications and workflows demanded of the system. Applications often span many scientific and engineering disciplines run in a private cloud, so that the optimal storage infrastructure must be successful in addressing a variety of algorithms and I/O demands.

Panasas® ActiveStor® scale-out NAS appliances provide the necessary scalability in storage bandwidth and random I/O to accelerate throughput for a wide range of demanding data-intensive applications in the world’s higher education environments. One of the system’s key advantages is that it provides a scalable namespace permitting workflows to generate multi-terabyte datasets within a single shared file system. These datasets may be effectively shared across high performance, campus-wide and global grid computing environments to make research datasets available for scientific and engineering collaboration.

Proven at the world's leading higher education institutions:

  • University of Oxford
  • Arizona State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Stanford University
  • The Rockefeller University - Gaasterland Laboratory of Computational Genomics
  • University of Cologne
  • University of California: Berkeley - Center for Integrative Genomics

“We use Panasas as our global cluster scratch filesystem. It’s rock solid and stable as well as easy to administer. Our cluster is a multi purpose cluster, more than 50 different applications are running in the same time → small files, medium sized files, big files, MPI-IO or no MPI-IO and for this mixed workload the performance delivered by our PAS14 (SSD/SATA) is very very nice!”


Source: Allen Neeser, IT Systems Specialist, ETH Zurich

“Using the ActiveStor system has allowed us to scale from a small 100 node cluster to our current 700+ node system without sacrificing performance or taking a lot of time from our admins.”


Source: Paul Van Der Mark, Director Research Computing Center, Florida State University

“Panasas solved many issues that we had with the former system. We now have a unified global storage platform centered around Panasas and our users are enjoying incredible efficiency. Our system administrators can focus on more innovative work than spending large percentages of time working on the storage platform.”


Source: IT Director, Educational Institution

An IT Director of an educational institution is very likely to recommend* Panasas ActiveStor for the following reasons:
“Ease of use, scalability, and great support.”

*Based on a response of 10 to the question “On a scale of 0-10, how likely would you be to recommend Panasas ActiveStor?”

10 out of 10


Source: IT Director, Educational Institution