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Panasas Delivers Enterprise-Ready Microsoft® Windows® Support

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 11, 2014 - Panasas, Inc., the leader in hybrid scale-out NAS for technical research and enterprise customers, has released PanFS 5.5, a major storage operating system update for its ActiveStor® scale-out NAS appliances featuring enterprise-grade Microsoft Windows support. Panasas now addresses a significantly wider range of business-critical applications, helping customers drive product and research innovation.

"PanFS 5.5 broadens the appeal of our ActiveStor scale-out storage appliances because robust Windows support is vitally important to many of our current and prospective customers," said Faye Pairman, Panasas CEO. "This new release makes ActiveStor even more suitable for deployments in energy, life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, and other markets where high-quality Windows interoperability is required."

Now an Authorized Microsoft Protocol Licensee in the Microsoft Communication Protocol Program (MCPP), Panasas has replaced its previous open source Samba implementation with a commercially licensed, Microsoft-compliant protocol offering solid, reliable Windows interoperability. With PanFS 5.5, users can easily access their data sets from Windows, Linux, and UNIX systems, a core requirement for many technical research and enterprise workflows.

The PanFS 5.5 storage operating system is immediately available and is fully compatible with ActiveStor 14, the Panasas flagship hybrid scale-out NAS appliance, in addition to ActiveStor 11 and 12. For more information, visit the PanFS webpage at: http://www.panasas.com/products/panfs/new-panfs.

About Panasas

Panasas ActiveStor® hybrid scale-out NAS appliances drive enterprise and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. ActiveStor solutions leverage the patented PanFS® storage operating system, delivering high performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Now in its fifth generation, ActiveStor is optimized for the most demanding big data workloads in energy, government, life sciences, manufacturing, media, and university environments and has been deployed in more than fifty countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.panasas.com.

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James McIntyre
McClenahan Bruer
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(503) 546-1000

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Mike Maynard
Napier Partnership Ltd.
panasas@napier.co.uk
+44 (0) 1243 531123

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