Panasas debuts ActiveStor Ultra featuring PANFS 8, its plug-and-play portable parallel file system

Panasas announced ActiveStor Ultra, next generation of its high-performance computing (HPC) storage solution, featuring PanFS 8, its plug-and-play, portable, parallel file system. ActiveStor Ultra expands Panasas’ position by delivering up to 75 GB/s per rack on industry-standard commodity hardware, as well as enterprise-grade reliability and manageability, at a competitive price point.

ActiveStor Ultra is delivered as a fully integrated plug-and-play appliance running PanFS 8 on industry-standard hardware. PanFS 8 is the completely re-engineered Panasas parallel file system, designed to deliver high performance and reliability on properly configured and qualified storage hardware platforms.

PanFS 8 now runs on Linux and features data placement across three tiers of media – metadata on non-volatile memory express (NVMe), small files on SSDs and large files on HDDs – resulting in optimized performance for all data types.

Set to available in the early half of next year, ActiveStor Ultra is suited to support the complex and varied data sets associated with traditional HPC workloads and emerging applications such as artificial intelligence (AI), precision medicine, autonomous driving and virtual reality (VR). It has been designed for extreme performance, linear scalability and high reliability.

ActiveStor Ultra’s modular architecture and building-block design enables enterprises to start small and scale linearly. With dock-to-data in one hour, ActiveStor Ultra delivers quick time to first data access and virtually eliminates manual intervention to deliver low total-cost-of-ownership (TCO).

“Panasas has achieved a re-set with its ActiveStor Ultra platform, which is designed to deliver the highest levels of HPC performance while offering the plug-and-play simplicity, reliability and low total-cost-of-ownership that customers have come to expect,” said Steve Conway, senior research vice president at Hyperion Research. “Panasas reports that the new PanFS 8 portable parallel filesystem will be available at highly competitive price points. It could be a potential game-changer for the company and have a strong impact on the HPC storage industry in general.”

“Our customers have long valued the hassle-free management of Panasas storage, and now, with the release of PanFS 8 on ActiveStor Ultra, we are achieving the highest levels of performance at an exceptional price point,” said Faye Pairman, chief executive officer at Panasas. “No other HPC storage solution delivers this combination of speed and simplicity in a single product.”


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