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Panasas Wins Prestigious InfoWorld CTO 25 Award

Garth Gibson Recognized for Driving the Development and Adoption of the Parallel NFS Industry Standard for Data File Sharing

FREMONT, Calif. – June 2, 2010Panasas®, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance scale-out NAS solutions, announced that Garth Gibson, co-founder and chief technology officer, has won IDG’s InfoWorld CTO 25 Award. The InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards honor senior IT executives who have demonstrated leadership within their companies and in the IT community. Gibson has been instrumental in the instigation, incubation and adoption of Parallel NFS (pNFS) into version 4.1 of NFS, an IETF industry standard for file sharing.

“Chief technology officers are often the unsung heroes of IT. This year’s InfoWorld CTO 25 Award winners combined management savvy, technological insight, and the ability to lead a team to success despite difficult circumstances,” said Galen Gruman, executive editor/news and features, InfoWorld. “This year's honorees reinvented untenable legacies, provided game-changing insight, and managed both their own teams and key organization stakeholders to make their businesses succeed through the use of technology. Our honorees did much more than implement technology well; they brought its use to a new level.”

“Since the beginning, Panasas storage systems have been designed to enable client machines to access data in parallel, independent of a central server, to drive faster performance,” said Garth Gibson, CTO of Panasas. “It is an honor to be recognized by InfoWorld. We believe the adoption of pNFS into the standards track will be of tremendous benefit across the industry, enabling scalable storage systems to meet the capacity and performance scaling requirements of high-end computing systems.”

About pNFS

NFS v4.1 was offered to the IETF by the Network File System Working Group in late 2008 and was approved in January 2010. NFS v4.1 introduces into the NFS standard mechanisms for enabling a cluster of servers to satisfy client data requests in parallel. Known as Parallel NFS, or pNFS, parallel access enables an NFS service to scale single system performance to meet the needs of large collections of high-performance clients. Getting pNFS in the NFS standard has been a lengthy process involving a community of storage technology leaders, including Panasas, IBM, EMC, NetApp, Sun Microsystems, and University of Michigan’s Center for Information Technology Integration. Many organizations are working hard to achieve a pNFS implementation that meets the high standards of the Linux distribution process, and are expecting to attain this goal in 2011.

About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the leader in high-performance scale-out NAS storage solutions, enables enterprise customers to rapidly solve complex computing problems, speed innovation and bring new products to market faster. All Panasas solutions leverage the patented PanFS™ storage operating system to deliver exceptional performance, scalability and manageability. Panasas systems are optimized for demanding storage environments in the energy, government, finance, manufacturing, bioscience and higher education industries. For more information, visit www.panasas.com.

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