Panasas cuts data access time in half

15 November 2017

Panasas have introduced the next generation of its ActiveStor scale-out network-attached storage solution, capable of scaling capacity to 57 petabytes and delivering 360 gigabytes of bandwidth.

This flexible system doubles metadata performance to cut data access time in half, scales performance and capacity independently, and seamlessly adapts to new technology advancements.

The new ActiveStor Director 100 (ASD-100) control-plane engine and the new ActiveStor Hybrid 100 (ASH-100) configurable plug-and-play storage device offer users the flexibility to design storage systems that meet their exact specifications and workflow requirements, now and in the future.

“Our research shows that the commercial sector has emerged as the primary area of growth in the high-performance-computing storage market,” said Addison Snell, chief executive officer at Intersect360 Research. “These commercial high-performance segments are often looking for both performance and reliability to achieve efficient performance at scale. Meanwhile, they also need the flexibility to adapt their storage to emerging use cases such as deep learning. The new Panasas ActiveStor solution is aimed directly at these market dynamics.”

The new ActiveStor solution accelerates time to results for traditional and commercial high-performance-computing (HPC) use cases such as manufacturing, life sciences, energy, government, education and research environments, in addition to applications in media and entertainment. It uses the ASD-100, the ASH-100, an updated PanFS® 7.0 parallel file system, and enhancements to the DirectFlow parallel data-access protocol to deliver these advantages:

Performance – Users can scale metadata performance, data bandwidth, and data capacity independently for faster time to results.

Flexibility – The ability to mix and match HDD and SSD configurations under a single global namespace enables users to best match the system performance to their workload requirements.

Productivity – The new ActiveStor solution doubles productivity by cutting data access time in half, regardless of the number of users.

Investment Protection – The solution is backward and forward compatible with the ActiveStor product portfolio.

“The release of our new ActiveStor solutions reflects our commitment to delivering products that keep pace with new, demanding high-performance applications and workloads,” said Faye Pairman, chief executive officer at Panasas. “These modern ActiveStor solutions deliver a new level of flexibility that enables performance and capacity to scale independently for all data types and file sizes, along with the reliability and manageability that our customers have come to depend on.”


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