Panasas

Panasas storage solutions drive industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. Its ActiveStor appliances leverage the patented PanFS storage operating system and DirectFlow protocol to deliver performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas parallel file storage is optimized for the most demanding workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, energy, government as well as education environments, and has been deployed in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Whether advancing genomic research using next-gen sequencing technology, rendering visual effects for an animated film, designing advanced aircraft with complex CAE/FEA models, or optimizing the extraction of oil and gas deposits through seismic processing-based analysis, Panasas customers know their data is accessible, secure, and easily managed.

Large volumes of unstructured data (sometimes referred to as “big data”) are increasingly used to drive innovation and discovery. Data sets to be processed and analyzed continue to grow rapidly presenting challenges to IT staff. Failure to cost-effectively address these challenges inhibits innovation and discovery — and ultimately bottom-line financial results. For these reasons, NAS products for technical enterprise and research environments must deliver fast time to results and efficiently and linearly scale to extremely high levels of aggregate performance.

While performance is critical, performance that comes at the expense of manageability can hamper workflows and impact productivity. For example, legacy NAS creates islands of storage making it unmanageable and costly. Some scalable NAS products use clustering to improve manageability, but cluster overhead and serial file processing in the data path can bottleneck performance. Finally, reliability and availability at scale is critical to workflows as hard drive failures occur directly in proportion to the number of hard drives in the system. As such, the benefits of greater capacity and performance at scale can be negated by lower data availability.

For all of these reasons, it is critical to select storage that addresses all three needs without compromise — fast performance, ease of management, and high reliability — all in a single scale-out NAS solution.

Panasas is the performance scale-out NAS leader for unstructured data, driving industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. Panasas ActiveStor appliances leverage the patented PanFS storage operating system and DirectFlow protocol to deliver performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas storage is optimized for the most demanding workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, energy, government as well as education environments, and has been deployed in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Panasas is ideal for:

  • Companies with a small (or no) internal IT department or systems administrators team who prefer to outsource the administration of their parallel file systems function.
  • Customers seeking a “one-stop” shop provider.

Advanced HPC is well suited to provide Panasas solutions because by leveraging our deep and comprehensive experience, we enable customers to make informed parallel file systems decisions. As such, we can identify the reasons and rationale why a particular customer is a good candidate for Panasas.

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