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Panasas Adds SSDs To ActiveStor Series 9 Platform

FREMONT, Calif. - May 19, 2009 - Panasas, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance storage for the world's most performance-intensive applications, today announced a new, innovative architecture and design for the ActiveStor Series 9 system based on the high-performance Intel X25 E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD). Using the Intel SSD in a unique way, the Panasas Automatic Tiered Storage Architecture optimizes performance, cost, reliability, and data management in a high-performance storage system.

"Automated tiering is the critical next step in widespread adoption of solid state disk. The new ActiveStor Series 9 architecture is an excellent example of this," said George Crump, president, Storage Switzerland. "As a result customers will see significant performance benefits. Customers are demanding greater intelligence from their storage systems, and it is clear that Panasas applied a tremendous amount of insight to the Series 9 design to help drive higher levels of efficiency through automated data management."

Unlike single-dimensional storage solutions, which offer either high-bandwidth performance or optimized input/output per second (IOPS), the ActiveStor Series 9 uses multiple storage technologies in a synchronized architecture to produce both. The Panasas global namespace technology further enhances the Series 9 solution by providing a system that can scale to millions of operations per second and hundreds of gigabytes per second of throughput performance.

"Intel solid-state drives are designed to dramatically improve storage performance and remove system bottlenecks," said Pete Hazen, director of marketing, Intel NAND Solutions Group. "Companies like Panasas can use the Intel X25-E Extreme SATA SSD to achieve performance breakthroughs and improve power and cooling efficiencies due to the X25-E's superior input/output operations per second per watt capability."

New Automatic Tiered Architecture

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