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HPC Storage versus Legacy NAS: a Crazy Comparison

Barbara Murphy

CMO

Browsing one of my favorite channel-focused magazines, CRN, I read with some amusement the comments of Jay Kidd, senior vice-president of product strategy and development at NetApp. Kidd was highlighting one of the major new features of ONTAP 8.1.1 – the nine-year-long integration of Spinnaker Systems’ clustering capabilities.  “In the past we brought Ethernet storage…to the mainstream,” Kidd said. ”Now we are doing the same with clustering. We’re bringing it from the crazy world of high-performance computing to the world of commercial storage.”

Hadoop in the Enterprise?

Barbara Murphy

CMO

I recently attended a panel event at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley (http://www.churchillclub.org). “The Elephant in the Enterprise: What Role Will Hadoop Play?” certainly packed the house. The panel included users and vendors from Facebook, Cloudera, Oracle, MapR, and Metamarkets, each providing very different perspectives on Hadoop’s readiness for the enterprise. . It was interesting to compare the user perspective “…it is no way ready for primetime,” with the vendor perspective being “…of course it’s ready!”

Big Finance

Barbara Murphy

CMO

Last year I wrote a blog post that showed how the lack of parallelism in computing was a limiter to innovation.  My post was inspired by a technology article I read in the Economist magazine – http://www.panasas.com/blog/parallelism-goes-mainstream.

Big Data Means Competitive Advantage

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Panasas Marketing

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Big data—the use of data to extract business value—is a phenomenon that is here to stay. Dr. Garth Gibson, Panasas co-founder and CTO, describes how big data drives competitive advantage for those organizations that use their data to fuel their design and discovery efforts.  He points out that while big data has traditionally been the backbone of discovery in the national laboratories, it is now spreading to commercial environments in the energy, science, finance, and manufacturing fields, and that what is HPC today will be mainstream technology in short order.

 

3M Deploys SGI/Panasas Private Cloud Solution

Geoffrey Noer

VP of Product Management

Intel recently published a case study on a recent cloud deployment at 3M that is worth a read as it is a particularly good example of how Panasas® ActiveStor™ can be profitably used for manufacturing workloads in a private cloud context. SGI is a valued Panasas partner and is in a strong position when it comes to offering a total solution to overcome big data challenges.

2011 Recap

Faye Pairman

President and CEO

2011 was a year of investing and building for Panasas as we prepared for continued success in the coming year. I want to take the time, before the year winds down to thank our employees, our partners, and most importantly our customers for a great 2011 and in so doing, I would like to remind all of us of some of our 2011 highlights:

The Road to Exascale - Watch the Video

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Panasas Marketing

Panasas hosted an event at Supercomputing 2011 (SC11) which featured an august industry panel that discussed “the road to exascale.” The panelists: Panasas founder and CTO, Garth Gibson; Deputy Division Leader, HPC Division at LANL, Gary Grider; Chief Executive Officer and CTO of Instrumental, Inc., Henry Newman; and Addison Snell, Chief Executive Officer of Intersect360 Research,  explored the hard work that is being done to make exascale a reality. They discussed (among other topics):

Performance + Private Cloud = Panasas

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Panasas Marketing

Analyst firm, Intersect360 Research, has released a new white paper, “Solving Big Data Problems with Private Cloud Storage,” in which it describes Panasas as well-positioned to provide storage solutions for HPC private storage clouds.

Scale-Out NAS for HPC

Geoffrey Noer

VP of Product Management

Over the last ten years, the HPC market has been transformed by the widespread adoption of compute clusters for technical computing workloads, accompanied by high growth rates in the generation of unstructured data. The storage industry has been responding by transitioning NAS architectures from old-school, legacy NAS to modern scale-out NAS approaches. Unsurprisingly, high performance computing has led the way in terms of requiring the most from scale-out products.

Get Parallel – Extreme Performance for Extremely Big Data

Brent Welch

CTO

In 2008 the first computer broke the petascale barrier, allowing a supercomputer to exceed 1015 operations per second. The Panasas parallel file system was instrumental in accomplishing this major milestone, achieving extreme performance for big data sets.

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