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PanFS Operating Environment for NFS and SMB Protocols

The Panasas® PanFS® operating environment supports open, scalable access for compute clients requiring Network File System (NFS) or Server Message Block (SMB) protocols, such as Linux, UNIX, Windows, and macOS. With these protocols, the PanFS platform provides cache-coherent scalable input/output (I/O) to Panasas DirectFlow® compute clients.

To learn more about NFS and SMB protocol support in the PanFS operating environment, download the Panasas Performance Scale-out NAS Architectural Overview white paper.

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NFS and SMB Features and Benefits in PanFS Platform

Whether it’s in NFS, SMB (also known as CIFS), or DirectFlow protocols, changes in the values of shared data are propagated in a timely way throughout the PanFS operating environment. With enterprise-grade SMB, users can easily manage files from Microsoft Windows environments, which minimizes user and group authentication issues.

NFS and SMB features include commercially licensed SMB 1.0, 2.0, 2.1 and support for Windows Server 2003 and 2008 (including RC2) and Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Benefits of the NFS and CIFS features in the PanFS platform include the following:

  • Improved integration into heterogeneous IT environments
  • High-fidelity access control list support, including inheritance
  • Active Directory enhancements, such as trusted domain support
  • Simplified manageability with single computer account and single domain join

Faster ROI Through Integration

No matter which protocols you employ, Panasas storage seamlessly integrates into existing infrastructures. This accelerates return on investment (ROI) and delivers unprecedented flexibility to optimize usage of the ActiveStor solution.

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