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By Bill Ribera on July 16, 2014 - 9:26am

Another week – another big European trade show!

In late June, the Panasas team had the pleasure of participating in ISC’14: the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig. The show hosted a solid turnout of professionals from enterprise and research institutions as well as industry media and analysts, all there to take a deep dive into the trends and technologies that are driving this accelerating field. I daresay they were not disappointed!

From the conversations we enjoyed in the Panasas booth, it was clear that storage challenges are an increasingly high priority...

By Faye Pairman on July 8, 2014 - 10:00am

Along with the official start of summer in California, June marked a significant step forward for our hybrid scale-out NAS product line.  This month, we announced ActiveStor 16 with PanFS 6.0 and RAID 6+ data protection. This powerful combination yields a high-density platform and industry-leading reliability at scale while ensuring the manageability and performance that are essential for big data deployments.   

I’m overjoyed to see the industry...

By Bill Ribera on June 30, 2014 - 10:29am

Earlier this month, scientists and business leaders from the oil and gas industry came together in Amsterdam at the annual EAGE Conference and Exhibition to discuss trends and technologies in energy exploration. We were pleased to again exhibit and support this event.

This year’s exhibit floor was dominated by two recurring themes: one, the wonderful Dutch countrymen and women proudly supporting their beloved Oranje in their quest for World Cup glory; and second, geoscientists and engineers looking for ways to streamline and accelerate analysis and discovery for oil and gas...

By Geoffrey Noer on June 10, 2014 - 12:09pm

There’s no question that this is a big announcement: not only have we announced our new flagship platform ActiveStor 16 but we also announced PanFS 6.0, the biggest step forward for our storage operating system in many years.

ActiveStor 16 builds on our successful ActiveStor 14 hybrid scale-out NAS platform, improving both density and performance. Leveraging 6TB helium-filled hard drive technology from HGST, ActiveStor 16 now attains 122.4TB per shelf (50% higher density). The ActiveStor 16 director blade also sports a faster CPU and four times the memory for improved file system...

By Bill Ribera on May 8, 2014 - 10:31am

Our team recently returned from Boston, where Panasas was an exhibitor at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo put on by Cambridge Healthtech Institute. As always it was a rich, informative event and in many ways, an annual bellwether for the state of research technology in the biosciences. Panasas has participated in Bio-IT World for several years and I think that gives us a unique perspective on the evolution of this growing market.

Suffice it to say that while the inherent challenges and opportunities that first attracted Panasas to Bio-IT World remain quite similar – including...

By Geoffrey Noer on April 25, 2014 - 11:28am

Whether you choose to call it a private cloud or not, storage consolidation is certainly not a new concept as it’s been a top objective of Enterprise IT organizations for many years. However, until recently, the full benefits of consolidation have been elusive for technical workflows, as no one type of storage could satisfy all three of the most common use cases:

Scratch space: dedicated storage for Linux cluster access. Very high aggregate performance and storage capacity requirements, with reliability and availability secondary to performance as the files tend to be temporary in...
By Bill Ribera on April 22, 2014 - 12:48pm

With more than 98,000 in attendance, this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show certainly lived up to its billing as the world’s largest business-to-business media and entertainment event! I had the pleasure of joining my Panasas colleagues for what seemed like a non-stop parade of visitors looking for a better Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution for their creative and post-production workloads, along with current Panasas customers hoping for their first look at our new PanFS 5.5 operating system.

I like to think everyone got what they came for. Our in-booth...

By Faye Pairman on March 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Recently, we announced the release of PanFS 5.5 with enterprise-grade support for Windows-based workloads. I'm pleased to see the industry press take notice by analyzing and sharing our news for their readers, viewers and listeners. So what are people saying about PanFS 5.5? Following are a few highlights you may find of interest:

In an information-packed slidecast, Geoffrey Noer joins...
By Geoffrey Noer on March 11, 2014 - 7:35am

Enterprise grade Windows support for technical computing? Are you crazy? Everybody in this space runs Linux!

Yes, I know, the compute clusters used for technical research and enterprise workloads pretty much all run Linux. After all, that’s why we originally created DirectFlow® - to maximize aggregate I/O performance and successfully handle thousands of concurrent compute nodes.

So why then did we just spend several years of development effort to transform the quality of our Microsoft® Windows support and interoperability?...

By Geoffrey Noer on December 14, 2013 - 12:00am
Categories: Events, Panasas News

As one of the largest HPC events in the world, the Supercomputing Conference (SC13) draws attendees from a wide variety of industries. We took advantage of the opportunity to meet with many existing and prospective customers in academia, manufacturing, government, life sciences and energy and came away with great feedback about our products and the kinds of technology companies are prioritizing for their big data workloads.

I was very pleased to hear so many compliments from customers about the high quality and reliability of their Panasas ActiveStor systems, something that was made...