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Panasas’ Expertise Tapped for Storage Networking Industry Association Co-Chair

Don Grabski Joins Storage Industry Leaders to help Standardization and Adoption of new Parallel Network File System (pNFS)

FREMONT, Calif. – Sept. 2, 2009Panasas®, Inc., the leading provider of storage for the world’s most performance-intensive applications, today announced that Don Grabski, director of product management, has been appointed Co-Chairman of Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA) Network File System Special Interest Group (NFS SIG). As Co-Chairman, Grabski will collaborate with industry leaders from companies such as EMC, NetApp, and Sun to drive the continued market growth and broad adoption of Network File Systems (NFS), with specific focus on the continued standardization and adoption of Parallel I/O Network File System (pNFS) as various vendors bring their respective pNFS implementations to market.

pNFS allows users to access storage devices directly and in parallel by leveraging the combination of Parallel I/O and NFS. Parallel I/O delivers very high application performance and allows for massive scalability without diminished performance while NFS ensures interoperability among vendor solutions, allows choice of best-of-breed products, and eliminates risks of proprietary technology.

Grabski’s responsibilities include helping create and promote a portfolio of marketing and educational materials explaining the features, benefits, use cases and best practices related to NFS-based network attached storage solutions, with a particular focus on applications and benefits of emerging new capabilities, such as pNFS. He will also co-manage and promote industry educational events.

“As an industry leader and one of the founding members of parallel computing storage and the pNFS initiative, Panasas has an obligation to promote new industry standards in a broad and equitable fashion highlighting the value and logistics for adoption. In turn, we are making it easier for customers to deploy parallel storage across a broader range of applications and markets while ensuring compatibility,” said Grabski.

Panasas ActiveStor

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 DirectFLOW, a 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 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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