Panasas Boosts Performance update from February 2008

Panasas parallel storage boosts seismic application performance by5 times for oil services giant Fugro

February 13, 2008

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FREMONT, Calif. -- Panasas, Inc., the global leader inparallel storage solutions for the High Performance Computing (HPC) market,announced today that Fugro N.V., a world leader in geotechnical, survey, andgeoscience services, has boosted its seismic application performance by 5Xsince implementing Panasas ActiveStor Parallel Storage. The Panasas parallelstorage solution allows Fugro to more quickly deliver vital geophysical datato the company's exploration and production customers, thereby speeding upthe discovery and retrieval of oil & gas reserves.

The Netherlands-based Fugro, with its 12,000 employees stationed in morethan 50 countries, provides geophysical, geological and engineeringtechnical services to customers in the oil & gas, construction and miningindustries. Fugro's team of experts collects and interprets informationabout the earth's surface, soil and rocks to help Fugro customers determinewhere and how deep to drill for oil and gas. The processing turnaround timeand the quality of raw data are crucial elements in helping Fugro and itsoil & gas customers create a business advantage. This deployment of Panasasparallel storage has improved the performance of Fugro's Linux clusters,allowing the data-intensive applications to run faster, and leading tofaster discovery, development and ultimate delivery of oil and gas to theglobal market.

"Currently, we're using Panasas storage for a survey project of the entireGulf of Mexico and it requires the collection and manipulation of atremendous amount of data," said Matthew Grey, Unix/Linux systems manager atFugro. "Previous direct attached storage and NFS-based solutions were takingtoo long to complete jobs because multiple users accessing the same storageresources brought our seismic application performance down to a crawl. Byswitching to Panasas storage, we have boosted our performance by a factor offive, allowing multiple users working on the same project to access thecluster without response time degradation. Whenever you put as much data aswe deal with into one storage system, you'd better make sure the system isfast, reliable, and very easy to manage. Panasas has delivered."

Panasas Inc.

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