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Panasas ActiveStor 14 & 16

Panasas® ActiveStor® is an advanced hybrid scale-out NAS solution designed to maximize mixed workload performance in technical computing environments. While ActiveStor has always been valued for its high throughput capability, ActiveStor also delivers strong small file and metadata performance by leveraging high capacity hard drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs) in the same system. Based on a fifth-generation storage blade architecture and the Panasas PanFS® storage operating system, ActiveStor accelerates technical computing workflows while delivering the easy management and robust reliability demanded by enterprise and research organizations in the energy, finance, government, life sciences, manufacturing, and media markets.

Overview

LINEAR SCALABILITY OF CAPACITY AND PERFORMANCE

ActiveStor eliminates the scalability and performance bottlenecks associated with legacy NAS architectures. Simply scale out the number of blade enclosures to non-disruptively increase the capacity and performance of the global file system as storage requirements grow. Parallel data access and automated load balanc¬ing ensure that performance is optimized and hot-spots are eliminated. This makes it easy to linearly scale capacity to over 12 petabytes and performance to a staggering 150GB/s or 1.3M IOPS.

RELIABILITY AND AVAILABILITY AT SCALE

At the core of every ActiveStor solution is an intelligent per-file distributed RAID architecture implemented with erasure codes in software instead of traditional hardware RAID controllers. Data is safeguarded by RAID 6+ with triple parity protection for superior enterprise-class reliability and availability without compro-mising performance. By optimizing data placement, data reliability on ActiveStor actually increases with scale, rather than decreasing as would normally be expected with traditional storage systems.

SUPERIOR MANAGEABILITY

A single point of management for a single, scalable file system allows storage administrators to focus on managing data instead of their storage systems. Capacity and performance planning, mount point management, and data load balancing across multiple pools of storage are all common administration problems that are easily solved with Panasas storage. ActiveStor easily integrates into growing heterogeneous IT environments through enterprise-grade multiprotocol support for Linux, Unix, and Windows clients.

LEADING PRICE/PERFORMANCE AND COMPELLING TCO

ActiveStor appliances provide exceptional performance at an attractive price, storing large files on high capacity SATA drives while leveraging flash technology to accelerate small file and metadata performance for lightning-fast response times. This fifth-gen-eration platform is available in two models— ActiveStor 16 combines high density with exceptional mixed workload performance (GB/s and IOPS) while ActiveStor 14 delivers high price/performance for large file throughput workloads. Both models offer excellent investment protection, increased storage utilization rates, and simplified management. ActiveStor delivers a compel¬ling total cost of ownership while meeting the needs of the most demanding technical research and enterprise organizations.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

FeatureBenefit
Scale-Out NAS Architecture NIntegrated SSD/SATA tier: high-speed SSD drives for faster access to metadata and small files combined with cost-effective, high capacity SATA drives to provide the best price/performance.
Optimized Price/Performance Integrated SSD/SATA tier: high-speed SSD drives for faster access to metadata and small files combined with cost-effective, high capacity SATA drives to provide the best price/performance.
Fully Integrated Parallel File System Panasas PanFS delivers a parallel file system with a single, scalable namespace. PanFS offers a fully journaled, fully distributed, and globally coherent read/write cache and stores files as smart data objects, dynamically distributing and load balancing data transfer operations across the blade architecture.
Scalability Scales to over 12 petabytes and up to 150GB/s or 1.3M IOPS of aggregate performance, accessed by thousands of concurrent users. Throughput and IOPS scale linearly with capacity. Automated load-balancing ensures optimal performance and eliminates hot spots.
High Availability No single points of failure. Self-healing design protects against failures throughout the system, including disk, storage blade, director blade, and power failures. Redundant networking data paths with automatic failover.
Advanced Data Protection and Reliability Intelligent per-file RAID optimizes reliability, based on file size and performance requirements. Data is safeguarded by sophisticated dual parity algorithms, based on separate horizontal (blade) and vertical (disk) parity protection. With ActiveStor, only damaged objects are rebuilt, not entire drives, minimizing rebuild times. More importantly, RAID constructions are performed in parallel to rapidly restore data protection in case of blade failure. This means that, unlike traditional storage systems, ActiveStor rebuilds get faster as the system grows.
Simplified Management Single point of management via GUI or CLI. Enterprise management features include snapshots and user & group quotas. System sets up in under ten minutes. System scaling is performed without downtime.
Protocol Support Panasas® DirectFlow®; NFS v3 (UDP or TCP); SMB 1.0, 2.0, 2.1 (CIFS); NDMP; SNMP; LDAP; ADS
Client Support Linux®, Microsoft Windows®, UNIX®

Specifications

System Specifications ActiveStor 14 ActiveStor 14T ActiveStor 16
Max. System Capacity(1) 8.12PB 8.48PB 12.24PB
Max. System Throughput (2) 150GB/sec 150GB/s 150GB/s
Max. System IOPS - 4KB File, Random Read(3) 1,300,000 1,400,000 >1,300,000
Max. Tested Configuration - Shelves per System(1) 100 100 100
Per-shelf Specifications
Capacity per Shelf (TB)(2) 81.2 81.2 82.4 or 122.4
HDD Capacity (TB)(2) 80 80 80 or 120
SSD Capacity (TB)(2) 1.2 4.8 2.4
% SSD Storage 1.5%  5.7% 2.9% and 1.9%
Drive Configuration (2) 20 x 3.5" Enterprise SATA + 10 x MLC SSD 20 x 3.5" Enterprise SATA + 10 x MLC SSD 20 x 3.5" Enterprise SATA + 10 MLC SSD
ECC Memory (GB of Cache)(2) 92 172 128
Max. Throughput, Write (MB/s)(2) 1600 1600 1600
Max. Throughput, Read (MB/s)(2) 1500 1500 1500
Max. IOPS(3) 13,550 14,150 >13,550
Supported Blade Configurations (Director Blade + Storage Blade) 1+10, 2+9, or 3+8. Also 0+11 for expansion. 1+10, 2+9, or 3+8. Also 0+11 for expansion. 1+10, 2+9, or 3+8. Also 0+11 for expansion.
Switch Modules per Shelf Two Two Two
Networking Uplinks per Switch Module 1 x 10GbE SFP+/CX4 or 4 x GbE Copper 1 x 10GbE SFP+/CX4 or 4 x GbE Copper 1 x 10GbE SFP+/CX4 or 4 x GbE Copper
Additional 10GbE Networking per Director Blade 2 x 10GbE SFP+ 2 x 10GbE SFP+ 2 x 10GbE SFP+
High Availability Link Aggregation with Network Failover Support Yes Yes Yes
InfiniBand Router Compatibility Yes Yes Yes
Power Supply 1093W 1+1 redundant auto-switching 100–240VAC (47–63Hz) 1093W 1+1 redundant auto-switching 100–240VAC (47–63Hz) 1093W 1+1 redundant auto-switching 100–240VAC (47–63Hz)
Power Consumption at 208VAC, Typical/Max. In-rush/Max. 4.8A/35A/7.0A 4.8A/35A/7.0A 4.8A/35A/7.0A (4TB drives) 4.2A/35A/6.1A (6TB drives)
Thermal Rating, Typical (BTU/hr) 3500 3500 3100
Environmentals (Operational) 50–95° F / 10–35° C, 10–90% relative humidity, non-condensing. Derating applies at altitude. 50–95° F / 10–35° C, 10–90% relative humidity, non-condensing. Derating applies at altitude. 50–95° F / 10–35° C, 10–90% relative humidity, non-condensing. Derating applies at altitude.
Max. Weight 150 lb. / 68 kg. 150 lb. / 68 kg. 150 lb. / 68 kg.
Dimensions (HxWxD) 7.0” (4U) x 19.0” x 26” / 17.78 cm x 48.26 cm x 66.04 cm 7.0” (4U) x 19.0” x 26” / 17.78 cm x 48.26 cm x 66.04 cm 7.0” (4U) x 19.0” x 26” / 17.78 cm x 48.26 cm x 66.04 cm

(1) No enforced limits. Max tested configuration – 100 shelves
(2) Per shelf based on a 1+10 blade configuration
(3) Per shelf based on a 2+9 blade configuration