New storage clusters from Panasas

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New storage clusters from Panasas

Panasas has unveiled two new families of storage clusters, the Panasas ActiveStor 5000 and Panasas ActiveStor 3000.

Both ActiveStor 5000 and ActiveStor 3000 include the new ActiveScale 3.0 operating environment and Panasas PanFSParallel File System. ActiveStor 5000 is targeted at HPC end users looking for a unified
storage fabric and with a mix of batch applications on clustered Linux servers and interactive applications on workstations. The ActiveStor 5000 is offered in 5Tb or 10 Tb configurations scaling to 100Tb on a single fully configured, pre-wired and tested Panasas rack system.

Panasas claims that by unifying storage for both types of HPC applications, users can speed up workflow in product development and research, substantially lower operating costs by minimising duplication of data; and simplify storage management.

”We have proven our ability to meet the requirements of the most demanding Linux cluster users in the federal government, academia and commercial enterprise segments,” stated Victor Perez, president and CEO of Panasas. “These new products will bring the unsurpassed performance and manageability of Panasas ActiveScale storage solutions to a much broader set of customers - those that require a unified storage infrastructure for all of their HPC applications.”

ActiveStor 5000 and ActiveStor 3000 will be released to new and existing customers in January 2007 and will be showcased at the SC06 Supercomputer Exhibition and Conference.

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