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Panasas and Penguin Computing Bring High-Performance Storage to the Cloud

Partnership Provides Parallel Storage Solution for High-Performance Cloud Computing Service

FREMONT and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Sept. 22, 2009Panasas®, Inc., the leading provider of storage for the world’s most performance-intensive applications, today announced it has secured a partnership with Penguin Computing to provide high-performance parallel storage that will power Penguin Computing’s “Penguin on Demand” (POD) high-performance cloud computing service. POD extends the concept of cloud computing by making optimized compute resources designed specifically for high-performance computing (HPC) available on demand. POD is targeted at researchers, scientists and engineers who require surge capacity for time-critical analyses and organizations that need HPC capabilities without the expense and effort required to acquire HPC clusters.

“When we looked at the computing resources that our POD customers required, we knew we needed to eliminate bottlenecks and deliver a fast and seamless end user experience,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO at Penguin Computing. “After extensive research, we settled on Panasas because their parallel storage solution offers unprecedented performance and delivers the high-level results we demand.”

“Cloud computing is a hot market and is gaining interest from companies of all sizes and industries due to its many business benefits. To be a successful cloud provider, you need to provide a storage foundation that is massively scalable and easy to use, like Panasas ActiveStor,” said Terri McClure, senior analyst at analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group. “Because Panasas has a long and impressive track record in providing storage for HPC environments, the company is well-positioned to take advantage of cloud opportunities like the one with Penguin Computing.”

Penguin on Demand Cloud Computing Service

POD provides a computing infrastructure of highly optimized Linux clusters with specialized hardware interconnects and software configurations tuned specifically for HPC environments. Rather than using machine virtualization, as is typical in traditional cloud computing, POD allows users to access a server’s full resources at one time, enabling maximum performance and I/O for massive HPC workloads. Comprising high-density Xeon-based compute nodes coupled with high-speed storage, POD provides a persistent compute environment that runs on a head node and executes directly on the compute nodes’ physical cores. Both Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and double date rate (DDR) high-performance InfiniBand network fabrics are available. Jobs typically run over a localized network topology to maximize inter-process communication and bandwidth while minimizing latency.

Panasas ActiveStor Parallel Storage

Panasas provides the most comprehensive family of parallel storage solutions available today. Every Panasas ActiveStor™ system is based on the leading PanFS™ Parallel File System and delivers exceptional performance, scalability and manageability. Leveraging its DirectFLOW® parallel storage access technology, Panasas now supports more than 500,000 servers with cost-effective, data-intensive, and linearly scalable storage solutions. This innovative architecture enables multiple parallel data paths between computing nodes and Panasas ActiveStor storage, thereby eliminating the inherent performance and capacity bottlenecks of today’s file systems and file servers. Panasas also dramatically lowers the cost of managing data storage by supporting petabytes of data capacity growth within a single, easily managed namespace and framework.

About Penguin Computing

Penguin Computing specializes in complete integrated HPC clustering solutions. Penguin has been a successful innovator for over a decade, providing Linux HPC solutions to a variety of industries. Penguin’s staff, including the originator of the Beowulf Cluster architecture, has unsurpassed experience in delivering a powerful combination of fully integrated HPC clusters, comprehensive cluster management software, and services. For more information about Penguin Computing and Penguin products, please go to www.penguincomputing.com.

About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance storage for the world’s most performance-intensive applications, helps commercial, government and academic organizations accelerate their time to results leading to real world breakthroughs that improve people’s lives. Panasas’ high-performance storage systems enable customers to maximize the benefits of compute clusters by eliminating the storage bottleneck created with legacy network storage technologies. Panasas ActiveStor Parallel Storage Clusters, in conjunction with the ActiveScale® Operating Environment and PanFS™ parallel file system, offers the most comprehensive portfolio of storage solutions for high performance computing (HPC) environments. Panasas is headquartered in Fremont, California.For more information, please visit www.panasas.com.

Panasas, ActiveScale, DirectFLOW and PanFS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Panasas, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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