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New Panasas ActiveStor 18 Delivers Increased Density, Performance, and Scalability

Sunnyvale, California – July 9, 2015 – Panasas®, the leader in high performance hybrid scale-out network attached storage (NAS) for industry and research, today introduced ActiveStor® 18, its latest generation hybrid scale-out NAS appliance. ActiveStor 18 increases scalability to more than 20 petabytes (PB) and 200 gigabytes per second (GB/s) by adopting 8 terabyte (TB) drive technology. ActiveStor 18 also offers increased CPU power and twice the storage cache capacity to further accelerate mixed workload performance.

By delivering performance and data protection that increases with scale, ActiveStor accelerates time-to-results for the most demanding high performance workloads in energy, government, life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment and university environments. Whether advancing genomic research using next-gen sequencing technology, rendering visual effects for an animated film, designing advanced aircraft with complex CAE/FEA models, or optimizing the extraction of oil and gas deposits through seismic processing-based analysis, ActiveStor customers know their data is accessible, secure, and easily managed.

“Driven by growing unstructured data sets and the promise of big data, business continues to demand more of storage – more performance, greater scale and higher reliability – to drive ideas and innovation,” said Steve Conway, IDC Research vice president, high performance computing/data analysis. “Panasas ActiveStor benefits from its deep roots in technical computing where performance, scalability and data protection, as well as ease of management, are tested by the most challenging compute workloads. As industries such as media and entertainment, manufacturing and life sciences find their storage needs moving further into the technical realm, Panasas is well positioned to meet their requirements.”

ActiveStor offers a true scale-out architecture incorporating hybrid storage hardware, file system and protocols in a fully integrated solution. Its architecture combines high-capacity hard drives and fast flash devices for superior mixed-workload performance with rapid access to small and large files alike.

Key Features of ActiveStor 18

  • Linear scalability of capacity and performance
    • Field proven at more than 20PB and 200GB/s in a single global namespace with 130 shelves, 2,600 HDDs, 1,300 SSDs
  • 33 percent increase in density
    • Up to 1.8PB per rack (or 181.2TB per 4U enclosure), leveraging 8TB drive technology
    • Flash capacity optimized for RAID 6+ triple parity data protection
    • Up to 20 percent faster mixed workload, metadata and small file performance
  • Up to 20 percent faster mixed workload, metadata and small file performance
    • 2x more storage cache – up to 2.7TB per rack (or 272GB per 4U enclosure)
    • 19 percent faster CPU
  • PanFS® storage operating system
    • A comprehensive single global namespace solution for simplified storage management
  • Multiple protocol support
    • Panasas DirectFlow® protocol as well as NFS and SMB protocols
  • RAID 6+ Triple Parity Protection
    • Per-file distributed software based on erasure codes provides a 150-fold increase in reliability over dual-parity approaches and allows reliability to increase with scale

“ActiveStor delivers a unique combination of high performance throughput, enterprise-grade reliability and ease of management at any scale,” said Tom Shea, chief operating officer at Panasas. “All competitive products compromise at least one of those key capabilities, leaving ActiveStor as the only proven no-compromise solution in the market today.”

Panasas ActiveStor 18 is available for ordering now. Production systems are expected to ship in September 2015.

Panasas at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany (July 13-15, 2015)
Visit us in booth 700 at ISC 2015 to hear how ActiveStor supports business innovation. To make an appointment visit

Panasas Customer Quotes
Life Sciences
“The research at the Garvan Institute is dedicated to the development of better methods for the diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately prevention of disease. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and accelerate results, using highly advanced genome instruments like the Illumina HiSeq X Ten, capable of generating up to 16 TB of sequencing data in less than three days. This kind of computing power calls for a storage solution with exceptional performance and reliability. We found such a solution in Panasas’ ActiveStor hybrid scale-out NAS with its high performance, PanFS RAID 6+ triple parity protection, and ease of operation and management. We are in the process of redefining genome research and Panasas is a valuable partner in this important endeavor.”
Warren Kaplan (PhD)
Chief of Informatics – Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia

“Our computer-aided engineering software uses multi-physics to achieve the highest degree of accuracy possible when modeling complex systems for our customers in the automotive, aerospace, energy, medical and life sciences as well as the oil and gas industries. When we started looking at various parallel file systems to solve our I/O bottlenecks, we tested the Panasas system and our bottlenecks disappeared. From that point on Panasas has been the only storage system we have purchased for anything but the absolute smallest systems. Panasas storage is something you just don’t worry about. It delivers high performance, is reliable and easy to use. Once it’s up and running you just forget about it, which is exactly what we want.”
Steven Feldman
SVP for IT

Media & Entertainment
“Post production has fundamental storage requirements. You need to have enough capacity to store all of your footage and that capacity must be affordable. You also need high enough throughput so that you can play that stored footage across your network in real time. The right solution offers all of this and more – it enables me to take for granted that the storage is making difficult tasks easy, and that has been my experience with Panasas ActiveStor. The elimination of the down-res process for some projects was the first step in revolutionizing our post-production workflow. Panasas ActiveStor is such a scalable solution, where capacity and bandwidth scale in parallel, that we can eliminate our offline process. The next task I accomplished with Panasas is that I can now archive and restore projects more easily. I’d say we are 33 percent more efficient with ActiveStor.”
Allen Dial
SVP Post-production
Asylum Entertainment

About Panasas
Panasas is the performance leader in hybrid scale-out NAS for unstructured data, driving industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. Panasas ActiveStor® appliances leverage the patented PanFS® storage operating system and DirectFlow® protocol to deliver high performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas storage is optimized for the most demanding high performance workloads in energy, government, life sciences, manufacturing, media & entertainment as well as university environments, and has been deployed in more than fifty countries worldwide. For more information, visit

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