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Panasas and Axle Video Team Up to Deliver Radically Simple Media Management Supported by High-Performance Storage

“Fastest in Hollywood” storage system teams with “radically simple” media management at 2017 NAB show

SUNNYVALE, Calif., and BOSTON, Mass., April 12, 2017 – Panasas®, the leader in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), and axle Video, the leader in affordable, storage-agnostic media management software, today announced that they will be demonstrating Panasas’ ActiveStor® with DirectFlow® for Mac® along with axle 2017, the latest edition of axle’s award-winning media management software. The demonstration will take place in Panasas booth SL9724 at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters(NAB) show in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 24 – 27, 2017. axle will highlight its latest products in NAB booth SL13609.

ActiveStor with DirectFlow for Mac is the first and only high-performance combination of scale-out NAS with a parallel data protocol for the Apple® Mac® platform. axle 2017 is the preferred user-friendly media-management solution for post-production teams.

The joint demo will highlight an acquisition-to-post-to-delivery workflow that illustrates what some post-production facilities are calling the “Fastest in Hollywood” media production experience. The demo features Panasas ActiveStor and DirectFlow in conjunction with the radically simple axle 2017 media-management software. This software, which includes axle’s browser interface and ingest clients, swiftly finds, organizes, shares and optimizes media. Other demo components include a Linux-based encoding server as well as Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC and Avid® Media Composer.

Because axle 2017 employs the Mac Pro as its server platform, it integrates seamlessly with the Panasas storage solution via DirectFlow. The axle software runs on a dedicated Mac in the network, cataloging media assets on ActiveStor via DirectFlow. In addition, axle 2017 presents an uncomplicated browser interface to Macs, PCs and mobile devices and serves the axle Panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC on Mac and PC.

“Creative work teams in search of a high-performance experience for handling modern-day media and entertainment workflows within an easily managed and effortlessly scalable storage environment need to look no further,” said David Sallak, vice president and chief technology officer for media and entertainment at Panasas. “From visual-effects rendering, to post editing, to active archiving, Panasas and axle deliver the performance advantage and radical simplicity that allow editors to focus on their craft, not on the storage.”

“Production acceleration and the empowerment of every team member are what axle media management is about,” said Sam Bogoch, chief executive officer at axle Video. “Combining axle 2017 with the high-performance storage environment from Panasas delivers a uniquely powerful production workflow solution ready to manage even the most complex media assets across all your storage locations.”

DirectFlow for Mac
Designed as part of the integrated ActiveStor scale-out storage solution, DirectFlow brings the performance benefits of parallel, distributed I/O over Ethernet to media production facilities using the Apple Mac platform and macOS® operating system. Teams achieve faster media ingest, process and delivery by being able to effortlessly and simultaneously handle their media of choice, up to 4K UHD resolution. The ability to flexibly scale bandwidth and capacity for larger high dynamic range (HDR) and virtual reality (VR) projects helps future proof the system as new media formats and more-complex workloads are introduced, while unifying all Macs under a single global namespace simplifies system management and reduces total cost of ownership. Hollywood post-production and animation facilities as well as major broadcasters have already deployed Panasas’ ActiveStor to re-render entire movies in record time, replace outdated scale-up archive infrastructure and significantly accelerate production workflows with DirectFlow for Mac.

axle 2017 Media Management Solution
axle is radically simple software for managing video files through any web browser. The software connects with the storage you already own and uses your existing folder setup. axle 2017 is optimized for media libraries with up to two million plus assets and features the latest technology developments in axle transcode, metadata and hybrid cloud capabilities. Using axle’s simple browser interface, it’s easy to search, comment, mark, approve and annotate assets from any location. And unlike traditional media asset management (MAM) systems, which impose a check-in/check-out workflow where the storage is largely hidden behind the media management, axle allows users direct access to their media and other files at the highest bandwidth and lowest latency supported by the storage device. axle’s new scalable transcode and AI modules now also run on Linux, a platform also directly supported by DirectFlow.

About Panasas, Inc. 
Panasas is the performance scale-out NAS leader 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 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 workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, energy, government as well as education environments, and has been deployed in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

About axle Video LLC
axle Video is the pioneer in developing radically simple software for media management and capture. Its solutions help small to mid-size organizations improve the way they gather, share and archive digital video content, with media management solutions that are easy to install, use and afford. Its radically simple media software uniquely addresses a burgeoning need and has caught on rapidly among video professionals in post-production, education, broadcast, corporate, sports, house of worship, non-profit, advertising-marketing, and government organizations worldwide. At its introduction, axle Video’s software was recognized with the IBC 2012 Best of Show award and at NAB 2013 with the prestigious DV Magazine Black Diamond and Post Picks awards. axle Video is a privately held company; its founders have extensive industry experience in media asset management for creative applications. Learn more at

Panasas Press Contact 
Rick Popko
(415) 800-5381

axle Video Press Contact 
Jim Frantzreb
(617) 262-9222

©2017 Panasas, Inc. Panasas, the Panasas logo, ActiveStor and DirectFlow are registered trademarks or trademarks of Panasas, Inc. axle Video, axle Gear, axle 2017 and the axle logo are trademarks of axle Video, LLC. Other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.