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Panasas Expands Global Partner Program to Bring High Performance Big Data Storage to the Mainstream

High Performance Parallel Storage for Design, Discovery, and Data Analytics Made Available Across Broader Channel Network

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and Supercomputing 2011 in Seattle, Wa. – Nov. 14, 2011 – Panasas Inc., the leader in high performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and big data workloads, has expanded its partner program to meet increased demand for parallel storage applications in both high performance computing (HPC) and mainstream design and discovery environments. The expanded program includes a revamped, tiered Partner Program, interactive partner portal for increased access to sales resources, technical training, enhanced margin model, and more.

“Panasas has seen a surge in demand for parallel storage in more mainstream enterprise markets, so we’ve overhauled our entire partner program to meet the need,” said Bill Ribera, vice president of worldwide sales at Panasas. “It’s a new approach for Panasas, as we have historically worked with a more limited group of HPC specialists. With this new program, we hope to attract a broader range of channel partners, while strengthening our relationships with current partners that continue to substantially drive and grow our business.”

The Panasas Partner Program will help partners become an extension of the Panasas sales organization by arming them with effective, up-to-date tools and training. It offers a number of benefits including exclusive access to sales, marketing and technical staff, as well as demo and lab equipment. A wealth of training opportunities and certifications are also available. A robust Partner Portal that features online deal registration, and essential selling tools will support the program.

Panasas partners have access to a complete line of the industry’s highest performing storage appliances. Based on unique storage blade architecture and the Panasas® PanFS™ parallel file system, Panasas® ActiveStor™ appliances deliver unmatched performance at scale in addition to delivering the manageability, reliability, and value required by demanding technical computing organizations in the enterprise, research and product development sectors.

“Our opportunity is expanding based on the unrelenting demand for high performance storage, driven by the emergence of big data in all segments of the market,” said Faye Pairman, president and chief executive officer for Panasas. “As more companies turn to data-intensive applications to drive their value, they realize that traditional enterprise storage technologies do not deliver the performance they now require to remain competitive in their markets. Our channel partners are an essential part of the ecosystem to help bring new Panasas HPC storage technologies to the broader marketplace.”

Panasas will demonstrate its partner portal at Supercomputing 2011 (SC11) at an in-booth partner reception on Monday, November 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Panasas booth #1506.

About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the leader in high-performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and big data workloads, enables customers to rapidly solve complex computing problems, speed innovation and accelerate new product introduction. All Panasas storage products leverage the patented PanFS™ storage operating system to deliver superior performance, data protection, scalability and manageability. Panasas systems are optimized for demanding storage environments in the bioscience, energy, finance, government, manufacturing, and university markets. For more information, visit www.panasas.com.

Panasas Media Contacts
US:

James McIntyre
McClenahan Bruer Communications
panasas@mcbru.com
www.mcbru.com
(503) 546-1000

Europe:

Zoe Mitchell
Napier Partnership Limited
Tel: +44-1243-531123
panasas@napier.co.uk

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