SOURCE: Panasas


April 22, 2009 06:00 ET

Panasas Announces New Product Line With Unprecedented Performance and Scale for the Data-Intensive Technical Enterprise

Three New ActiveStor Platforms, Featuring Parallel Storage Architecture, Enable Customers to Innovate Faster by Delivering New Levels of Speed and Flexibility

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - Panasas, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance storage for the world's most performance-intensive applications, today announced a new, broader product line that extends the company's performance and scalability leadership to additional markets and price-performance levels. The new ActiveStor™ Series 7, 8 and 9 portfolio of parallel storage products is designed to bring the highest level of speed and flexibility to data-driven enterprises with high-performance computing requirements. Panasas also introduced new data management features including automatic virtual storage tiering, asynchronous replication, and automated data migration.

The new product line expands the company's market reach across a broader scope of data-intensive applications for industries including aerospace, energy, finance, government, life sciences, consumer products, and manufacturing. The exceptional throughput of the Panasas parallel storage architecture eliminates bottlenecks in application performance for faster time to results, enabling customers to accelerate innovation by running their simulations and other data-intensive workloads significantly faster.

"Panasas' laser sharp focus has enabled them to solve difficult storage performance issues for data-intensive applications," said Marc Staimer, president, industry analyst firm Dragon Slayer Consulting. "Their new product portfolio fits a range of storage requirement profiles to meet the needs of a wider range of technical computing applications."

The new products range from an aggressively priced, full-featured entry-level system, the Series 7, to the Series 9, a high-end system that integrates solid-state disk (SSD) technology to further accelerate performance. The new offerings also provide customers with unparalleled investment protection with new price-performance points and seamless upgrade paths throughout the product line.

--  ActiveStor Series 7: This full-featured, entry-level system offers
    Panasas parallel storage performance at the most aggressive price point in
    the company's history. The Series 7 also offers full upgradeability to the
    higher performance Series 8 and 9 systems.
--  ActiveStor Series 8: This series offers almost double the performance
    of the Series 7, with expanded enterprise-class features for higher
    availability and data management.
--  ActiveStor Series 9: This series builds upon the performance and
    functionality of the Series 8 by adding significantly higher IOPS (I/Os per
    second) performance, much lower latency, maximum data availability, and
    integrated tiered storage capabilities. It integrates SSDs for maximum
    system speed and uniquely optimizes SSD usage to maintain performance and
    reliability over time. Customers with a wide variety of data-intensive
    applications will benefit from these performance enhancements, as well as
    Panasas's new automatic tiered storage capability, which relies on hybrid
    "turbo" blades (an SATA disk plus SSDs) to deliver unprecedented
    performance -- up to 10 times greater IOPS than before -- with maximum
    reliability and infinite scalability.

New Data Management Features

In addition to extending performance across a wider range of applications and environments, Panasas also announced several new data management and data protection features for the ActiveStor family.

Available with the Series 9, the automatic tiered storage feature offers fully automatic storage optimization. The storage is self-managing, and all three tiers reside on a single Panasas storage blade. The ActiveStor Series 9 system uses these three tiers to accelerate application performance without data movement between devices and without user intervention.

Asynchronous replication, available this calendar quarter, is supported on all of the new systems and will also be available to existing Panasas customers. This capability enables data to be replicated from the primary Panasas system to a backup/disaster recovery Panasas system offsite. The system continually compares successive data snapshots to assess what data has changed, and sends only the changes over the wire for maximum speed and efficiency of data transfer.

The new Panasas Disk Migration Utility enables seamless data migration from any legacy Panasas storage to the new ActiveStor products for painless migration without downtime. The migration utility feature is backwards compatible with existing ActiveStor products, offering customers added investment protection.

Product Specifications

The Panasas ActiveScale™ File System provides a scalable architecture capable of achieving performance in the hundreds of gigabytes/second by simply adding individual performance modules to achieve aggregate performance. All aggregated performance modules are presented as a single system featuring a global namespace for easy unified management. The Panasas ActiveStor 7, 8, and 9 series performance modules provide three options to meet a wide range of application requirements.

Performance   7 Series                         8 Series
 &                            Aggregate                       Aggregate
 Capacity     Single          Performance      Single         Performance
              Performance     and Capacity     Performance    and Capacity
              Module          per Rack         Module         per Rack
            --------------- --------------- --------------- ---------------
MB/sec      Up to 350MB/sec Up to 3.5GB/sec Up to 600MB/sec Up to 6.0GB/sec
            --------------- --------------- --------------- ---------------
IOPS              Up to 12K      Up to 120K       Up to 12K      Up to 120K
            --------------- --------------- --------------- ---------------
Raw Storage
 Capacity              20TB           200TB     16TB - 22TB   160TB - 220TB
            --------------- --------------- --------------- ---------------
 Capacity               5GB            50GB     16GB - 44GB   160GB - 440GB
            --------------- --------------- --------------- ---------------

               9 Series
               Single        Performance
               Performance   and Capacity
               Module        per Rack
            --------------- ---------------
MB/sec      Up to 600MB/sec Up to 6.0GB/sec
            --------------- ---------------
IOPS              Up to 21K      Up to 210K
            --------------- ---------------
Raw Storage
 Capacity        4TB - 16TB    40TB - 160TB
            --------------- ---------------
 Capacity       32GB - 44GB   320GB - 440GB
            --------------- ---------------


Panasas ActiveStor Series 7 and Series 8 are immediately available through Panasas' direct and reseller channels worldwide. The ActiveStor Series 9 will be available during the second half of 2009. For more information, visit

About Panasas ActiveStor

Panasas provides the most comprehensive family of high-performance parallel storage solutions available today. Every Panasas ActiveStor system is based on the leading PanFS™ Parallel File System and delivers exceptional performance, scalability and manageability. Leveraging DirectFLOW®, a parallel storage access technology, Panasas now supports more than 500,000 servers with cost-effective, data-intensive, and linearly scalable storage solutions. This innovative architecture enables multiple, parallel data paths between computing nodes and Panasas ActiveStor storage, thereby eliminating the inherent performance and capacity bottlenecks of today's file systems and file servers. Panasas also dramatically lowers the cost of managing data storage by supporting Petabytes of data capacity growth within a single, easily managed namespace and framework.

About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance storage for the world's most performance-intensive applications, helps commercial, government and academic organizations accelerate their time to results, leading to real-world breakthroughs that improve people's lives. Panasas high-performance storage systems enable customers to maximize the benefits of high-performance computers and clusters by eliminating the storage bottleneck created with legacy network storage technologies. Panasas ActiveStor Parallel Storage Clusters, in conjunction with the PanFS™ parallel file system, offer the most comprehensive portfolio of high-performance storage solutions for compute-intensive environments. Panasas is headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, please visit

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