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ActiveStor Solutions Architecture

Flexible Storage That Grows with Your Business

The Panasas modular architecture includes customizable, flexible components that can easily adapt to meet dynamic business needs. Grow quickly, within budget, using our plug-and-play solution powered by Panasas PanFS® parallel file system and the Panasas DirectFlow® protocol running on Panasas ActiveStor® Solution components (see figure).

For a more extensive description of the Panasas solution architecture, download the Panasas Performance Scale-out NAS Architectural Overview white paper.

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Configurable Hardware in a Holistic Platform

The Panasas clustered parallel architecture eliminates siloed storage. It can quickly and easily scale from dozens to hundreds of terabytes, or even petabytes, processing data at incredible speeds.

ActiveStor Components

The ActiveStor Solution includes a 4U rack-mounted chassis that supports optimal configuration using director nodes and storage nodes, and the new 2U rack-mounted chassis supports enhanced director nodes.

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PanFS Parallel File System

The PanFS operating environment combines the functions of a parallel file system, volume manager, and scalable RAID engine into a single platform.

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Client-Side Architecture

The PanFS storage operating environment supports simultaneous multiple protocol access, suitable for a diversity of customers, applications, and user types.

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DirectFlow Protocol

The DirectFlow parallel data access protocol is native to the PanFS platform and allows clients to access the entire storage cluster directly, avoiding bottlenecks.

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NFS and SMB Protocol Support

PanFS supports the Network File System (NFS) and Server Message Block (SMB) protocols, providing data access to clients that do not install the DirectFlow protocol.

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Compared to dual-parity approaches, the Panasas solution’s triple-parity protection increases reliability by 150 times—with no significant performance degradation—making it appropriate for high-performance applications.

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