Panasas Extends Capabilities of Plug and Play Parallel File NAS

Panasas, which makes network-attached storage (NAS) systems, has bowed the next version of its ActiveStor scale-out NAS solution. This is capable of scaling capacity to 57PB and delivering 360GB/s of bandwidth.

The ActiveStor Director 100 (ASD-100) control-plane engine and the ActiveStor Hybrid 100 (ASH-100) plug-and-play storage device are said by Panasas to offer users the flexibility to tailor their own storage systems.

The solution is also claimed to accelerate time to results for traditional and commercial high-performance-computing (HPC). 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.

“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, CEO 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 ActiveStor solution is aimed directly at these market dynamics.”

“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, CEO 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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