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PanFS® High Performance Parallel File System

PanFS software on the ActiveStor® storage systems leverage 20 years of experience in the most demanding data performance environments to deliver a powerful combination of high performance, management simplicity, workload-and-configuration flexibility, rock-solid reliability, at the TCO.

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ActiveStor Flash

High-Performance, All-Flash Storage Node

The ActiveStor® Flash 100 (ASF-100) is Panasas’® all-flash storage appliance. ASF-100 is built on industry-standard hardware chosen for its high-density form factor, NVMe SSD support, and a carefully balanced hardware architecture that enables outstanding scratch and small- and random-file storage performance, enhanced support for AI/ML projects, and higher rack density than other ActiveStor storage nodes.

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Panasas Activestor Ultra

High-Performance, Mixed Workload Storage Node

The ActiveStor Ultra 100 (ASU-100) is Panasas’® hybrid mixed workload storage appliance. ASU-100 is built on industry-standard hardware chosen for its carefully balanced architecture, with emphasis on mixed media storage and is available in sets of four nodes per enclosure.

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ActiveStor Ultra XL

High-Performance, Large-Capacity Storage Node

The ActiveStor® Ultra 100XL (ASU-100XL) is Panasas’® large-capacity storage appliance. ASU-100XL is built on industry-standard hardware chosen for its carefully balanced architecture, with emphasis on high-capacity storage and is available in sets of four nodes per enclosure.

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Panasas ActiveStor Director 200

High-Performance Metadata Director Node

The ActiveStor® Director 200 (ASD-200) is Panasas’® meta-data director node and the control plane for the ActiveStor high-performance data storage solution. The ASD-200 is built on industry-standard hardware chosen for its carefully balanced hardware architecture that enables independent scaling and to meet the requirements of metadata-intensive applications in manufacturing, life sciences, energy, financial services, academia, and government.

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Panasas ActiveStor InfiniBand Router 400

A Scalable and Cost-Effective High-Performance Connection to InfiniBand Network Fabric

Scientific and technical computing, mathematical modeling and software simulation, high performance data analytics, and AI/ML applications require highly robust and scalable networks to support the massive throughput demands of high-speed HPC systems. The Panasas® ActiveStor® InfiniBand Router (ASR-400) provides seamless connectivity between InfiniBand-based compute clusters and Ethernetbased Panasas ActiveStor Ultra storage solutions.

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Control the Data Deluge – Scale up storage with performance, reliability, and security

Life sciences organizations are facing an exponential increase of data prompted by advances in imaging technologies and growing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. At the same time, you need your staff to be focus on supporting research partners and less on maintaining storage systems.

Panasas offers a superior solution for seamless data management and scaling:

  • NVMe, SSD, and HDDs included in all systems, seamlessly managed to optimize your metadata, small file, and large file data placement
  • Automatic passive and active balancing to add storage without retuning
  • Parallel and direct file storage to maximize performance, and a range of devices to support mixed workloads
  • File-level protection to speed up rebuild after failure, increasing data availability and reliability as you expand.

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Reduce the Risk of Unpredictable Loss of Data

Pressures on Life Science Researchers and Research IT are immense. When you factor in exponentially growing data demands, aging storage systems, and overworked staff, it may seem that downtime and data loss are inevitable.

Panasas systems are built with several data protection features – with less expense and more performance:

  • Parallel Architecture means no NAS heads and no redundant backup purchases
  • Data Nodes are dedicated to metadata processing and storage, and allow erasure coding
  • Automatic passive and active balancing to add storage without retuning
  • Linear scalability in rebuild speed and data performance.

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Accelerate the Speed of Discovery – Set the Pace in Change

Consistent HPC uptime is critical in the Life Sciences. Architecture determines how data is accessed, how quickly and with what risk. Processing speed can literally change the rules of scientific discovery.

Read the datasheet to learn which parallel file systems deliver the greatest chance of success across these variables:

  • Resource requirements to purchase and maintain HPC
  • Measurable costs of system downtime and recovery
  • Reduced productivity from infrastructure failures
  • The immense cost to discovery if storage issues persist

PanFS’ newly enhanced architecture consistently delivers more adaptability and performance than any major competitor. In fact, it’s all hot   – all the time – no tuning or tiering required. What HPC storage system could be better than that? None.

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