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By Bill Ribera on August 24, 2014 - 11:15pm

Earlier this month the Panasas team trekked to Vancouver, B.C. for the 41st SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition. According to organizers, this year’s gathering hosted more than 14,000 attendees from 75 countries – truly an international event and an unparalleled setting to learn more about the opportunities and challenges that are driving graphics development and video, film and video game production today.

Of the many professionals we spoke with, there was a common thread among all of them: whatever their industry or workflow, everyone had either reached the point at which their...

By Geoffrey Noer on August 21, 2014 - 2:30am

Having built a good portion of my career in the storage industry, it’s clear to me that storage vendors generally just don’t like talking about some topics. Companies aren’t shy to brag about storage throughput or IOPS performance, their attractive price per terabyte, or how their product is so easy to use. Panasas is no different here – we are also quick to tell you about the benefits in our ActiveStor platform.

But when it comes to discussing what can actually go wrong with their product, most storage vendors understandably find it an uncomfortable subject and go silent, despite...

By Bill Ribera on July 16, 2014 - 4:26pm

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 - 5:00pm

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 - 5:29pm

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 - 7:09pm

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 - 5:31pm

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 - 6:28pm

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 - 7:48pm

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 - 7:00am

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...

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