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ActiveStor Director

Better Brain Power   

To effectively run high-performance computing applications—the kind that can change the world—you need a powerful brain behind your storage system. The Panasas Activestor Director:

  • Orchestrates file system activity outside of the data path, allowing reads/writes to occur in parallel directly between compute clients and Panasas storage nodes.
  • Speeds data transfers but also facilitates scalability.
  • Virtualizes data objects across all available storage nodes, enabling the system to be viewed as a single, easily managed global namespace.
  • Configures the ratio of storage to director nodes to meet the demands of each specific application environment.

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Efficient. Protected. Compatible.

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Scalable Metadata Capability

Each ActiveStor Director provides metadata access and cache coherency to a portion of the global namespace. As the size of the global namespace increases, the ability to distribute the namespace across multiple directors improves metadata performance.

Efficient and High Performance Data Access

ActiveStor Director provides efficient and high performance access to the user data via NFS/SMB protocols.

Data Protection

Ability to configure multiple director nodes provides for increased reconstruction performance that narrows the window of vulnerability. ActiveStor Director delivers exceptional replication performance with low touch management.

Supercharging Storage

ActiveStor Director is delivered in two hardware form factors. Our traditional ActiveStor Director and our new ActiveStor Director, which liberates the brains of our system to be even smarter and faster. With the new ActiveStor Director (a fully flexible software platform that doesn’t lock you in) you can:

  • Take advantage of latest industry standard hardware
  • Quickly advance your work by lighting up more data faster due to significantly improved metadata performance.
  • Use your existing Panasas solutions since it’s backward and forward compatible with the ActiveStor product portfolio.
  • Be flexible and cost-effective by picking from the broadest range of hardware configuration options we’ve ever offered.

Now you have the freedom to configure your storage system to your unique workflows–now and in the future.

Technical Specifications

Hardware Specifications
Enclosure 2U with up to 4 director nodes
Nodes 4 nodes per chassis. Minimum 3 nodes required
Power Supplies Dual Redundant 1600W
Processor Intel Xeon 1630 v4 (Broadwell)
Dimensions/Weight Width: 3.42 inches, Depth: 17.24 inches, Net weight: 45.2 pounds
BTU Rating 4294 BTU/hr
Operating Temperature 10°C to 35°C with maximum rate of change not to exceed 10°C
Input Line Voltage 100-240 VAC, 47-63Hz
Input Power Rating AC Inlet Power 1259W (5.7 Amps at 220 VAC); DC Power Consumption: 1184W
Networking 2×40 GbE QSFP+ or 4x10GbE NIC per node
Management In-Band Management and IPMI (RJ45) dedicated management port
including web interface
Product Attributes
Performance Improved metadata performance, improved NFS/SMB performance and
accelerated small-file access compared to DB18 and DB20
Modular Design 4 self-contained nodes include compute assembly and storage media in
a 2U rack mountable chassis. Integrates easily into existing realm
ActiveStor Software ActiveStor® 7.0 and above
Multi-Protocol Support Panasas DirectFlow®, NFS, SMB
Data Protection RAID6+ erasure code structure with N+2 erasure coding. Stripe width N
can be set individually per file and defaults between 10 and 12
NVDIMM for transaction logs
Scalability No fixed maximum for nodes in a cluster. Supports millions of files in single
Data Replication Pan_Snap_Replicator provides flexible and high-performance data replication