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Panasas Pumps Up Parallel Storage

Parallel storage provider Panasas announced the expansion of its ActiveStor product line in a move to strongly position itself for the commercial market.

Panasas has provided high performance computing (HPC) with its ActiveStor 3000 and 5000 series solutions for organizations like Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), which relies on efficient processing and storage of very large batch files.

It is now unveiling the AS4000 and AS6000 devices, which are priced, respectively, at around $3.50 per Gbyte and $5 per Gybte, and the AS200 second-tier storage device, which is priced at around $1.20 per Gbyte. All the products use the Panasas ActiveScale 3.2 operating environment. The AS200 is available now, and the AS4000 and AS6000 will be available in September.

The AS6000 is designed to meet the needs of commercial organizations heavily invested in research and product development for design, modeling and visualization,” says Matt Reid, Panasas’s director of product marketing, highlighting, in particular, the oil and gas, aerospace, and automotive sectors. “It includes 20 GBytes of cache per storage shelf with an integrated 10GigE switch that doubles the throughput performance per storage shelf to over 600-Mbytes/s.”

Panasas is also releasing its AS200 parallel second-tier storage solution that includes 104 Tbytes of storage space, five Gigabit Ethernet ports for quick transfer rates, and tiered parity data protection. The product can parallel-archive data to disk so it can be moved to tape at later times without impairing other operations, according to the vendor.

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