Panasas File System

Panasas File System

Panasas File System is an advanced hybrid scale-out parallel file system that scales linearly to maximize aggregate throughput which makes it an ideal choice in advanced computing environments. These systems are easily expanded by their modular approach using storage shelves which will also be extremely easy to maintain.

Panasas File System

Panasas ActiveStor solutions consist of director and storage systems. Directors control file system activity outside of the data path, and also virtualizes data objects across storage systems while providing a global namespace along with unified management capabilities. Storage systems use SSDs to deliver the most used and smallest file fast while HDDs are used to store larger files that are utilized less frequently leading to massive performance boosts where you need it most.

The PanFS file system developed by Panasas allows a pNFS server to be layered on top of PanFS without a protocol gateway which eliminates traditional NAS bottlenecks Panasas supports multiple protocols (Panasas DirectFlow, NFS, and CIFS) which increases the flexibility of the solution giving you more options with less cost.

Next Generation Hybrid scale-out NAS

Panasas File System high parallel performance scales linearly with capacity, without the manageability and reliability compromises that often occur at scale. ActiveStor is a next-generation storage appliance that delivers the high performance benefits of flash technology with the cost effectiveness of enterprise SATA disk drives.

Panasas File systems are optimized for demanding storage environments

ActiveStor is specifically designed to accelerate innovation and discovery in technical research and enterprise environments including the energy, finance, government, life sciences, manufacturing, media, and university research sectors. Exceptionally high aggregate performance results in faster time-to-results and more efficient workflows resulting in greater productivity and profitability.

Big Data Managed With Ease

Aspen Systems knows that your data storage needs are increasing exponentially leading to hard to manage systems that slow and cost inefficient. That is why our expert sales engineers are here to design the perfect storage solution for your business. Speak with one of our professional staff and see if the Panasas File System is the right choice for you.

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Accelerating Innovation and Discovery

Large volumes of unstructured data are increasingly used to drive innovation and discovery. Data sets to be processed and analyzed continue to grow rapidly presenting challenges to IT staff. Failure to cost-effectively address these challenges inhibits innovation and discovery — and ultimately bottom-line financial results.

For these reasons, NAS products for technical enterprise and research environments must deliver fast time to results and efficiently and linearly scale to extremely high levels of aggregate performance. While performance is critical, performance that comes at the expense of manageability can hamper workflows and impact productivity. This is why Panasas File Systems are a solid choice in advanced storage due to the ease of maintenance with their systems.

Some scalable NAS products use clustering to improve manageability, but cluster overhead and serial file processing in the data path can bottleneck performance. Finally, reliability and availability are critical to workflows as hard drive failures occur directly in proportion to the number of hard drives in the system. As such, the benefits of greater capacity and performance at scale can be negated by lower data availability.

It is critical to select storage that addresses all three needs without compromise — fast performance, ease of management, and high reliability — all in a single scale-out NAS solution.

Benefits of Panasas ActiveStor Scale Out NAS
High Parallel Performance
  • Flash-accelerated hybrid architecture
  • Efficient parallel access
  • Direct data access without filer head bottlenecks
  • Linear scaling of performance as capacity grows
Enterprise-Grade Reliability
  • PanFS RAID 6+ triple parity protection
  • Data reliability and availability actually increase with scale
Easy Management
  • Under ten minutes for system setup
  • Single global namespace
  • Little to no additional management effort at scale

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Easy to use solustions with the performance you need

Choosing the correct storage solution for your data can be very tasking. With most solutions giving trade offs with performance, ease of use, and cost of operation companies will have to choose a storage system that under performs in one or more areas. With Panasas Activestor you can find a solution that is high performing, very easy to use, and due to this lowers TCO. Plus, on top of this all their solutions are backwards compatible with the PanFS software allowing you to always be able to expand your Panasas file system later with no impact on your previous systems.

Panasas File System

Panasas File System

Per 4U ActiveStor Prime ActiveStor Ultra
Performance 1.5 GB/s 7.5 GB/s
Hardware Custom designed 4U with 11 nodes Industry standard 4U with 4 nodes
Capacity HDD:88-308TB
SSD:5.3-21.12TB
HDD:96-448TB
SATA SSD:0-32TB
NVMe SSD:8TB
Network Dual 10GbE
External IB via IB Router
8x 25GbE
4x FDR or EDR IB
OmniPath
Min. Config 88TB, 4U, 1.5GB/s 288TB, 12U, 22GB/s
Ideal Uses
  • Smaller starting configs
  • More granular increments
  • Integrated networking
  • More flexible HDD/SSD combinations
  • Extreme performance
  • Extreme scalability
  • Denser capacity
  • Flexible Networking Options

Panasas File Storage Is Right For You

Data is being collected at an astonishing rate leading to a greater need to have the perfect storage solution. We know you need an easy to use system that scales effortlessly and that can deal with large amounts of data efficiently to solve your complex problems as quickly as possible. With most solutions you will gain benefits in some of these areas but with a Panasas file system you will have a solution that will perform in all the areas you need to be successful and in turn lowering the total cost to run your data center. Aspen Systems has many customers who are currently using Panasas Ultrastor for their storage needs so we know this is a solid solution that will exceed your expectations when it comes to data management.

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