Product Spotlight: The Next Generation ActiveStor by Panasas

Panasas has introduced their next generation ActiveStor® scale-out NAS solution. This flexible system is capable of a scaling capacity to 57PB and delivering 360GB/s of bandwidth. The beauty is this system doubles metadata performance to cut data access time in half, as well as, scales true performance and capacity independently.

“Our research shows that the commercial sector has emerged as the primary area of growth in the high-performance-computing storage market,” said Addison Snell, chief executive officer at Intersect360 Research. “These commercial high-performance segments are often looking for both performance and reliability to achieve efficient performance at scale. Meanwhile, they also need the flexibility to adapt their storage to emerging use cases such as deep learning. The new Panasas ActiveStor solution is aimed directly at these market dynamics.”

The ASD-100, the ASH-100, an updated PanFS® 7.0 parallel file system, and enhancements to the DirectFlow® parallel data-access protocol to delivers several advantages that make Panasas a leader in performance scale-out network attached storage solutions. The advantages are in performance where that a user can scale metadata, data bandwidth, and data capacity independently results in faster time to results. The flexibility of mixing and matching HDD and SSD configurations enables users to best match performance to workload requirements  under a single global namespace. The new ActiveStor cuts data access time in half, by doubling up on the speed no matter how many users are utilizing the system, and with the backward and forward compatibility with the ActiveStor product portfolio your investment is protected.


“The release of our new ActiveStor solutions reflects our commitment to delivering products that keep pace with new, demanding high-performance applications and workloads,” said Faye Pairman, chief executive officer at Panasas.These modern ActiveStor solutions deliver a new level of flexibility that enables performance and capacity to scale independently for all data types and file sizes, along with the reliability and manageability that our customers have come to depend on.”

The new ActiveStor Director 100 (ASD-100) control-plane engine and the new ActiveStor Hybrid 100 (ASH-100) configurable plug-and-play storage device offer users the flexibility to design storage systems that meet their exact specifications and workflow requirements, now and in the future. The Panasas Director Blade (ASD-100), which is the “brain” of the Panasas storage system offers the ultimate in flexibility.  Now, users can add any number of ASD-100s to drive exactly the level of metadata performance they need. With 2x the raw CPU power and RAM capacity of previous Director Blades, the ASD-100 delivers double the metadata performance on metadata intensive workloads! Based on industry-standard hardware, the ASD-100 manages metadata and the global namespace and it also acts as a gateway for standard data-access protocols such as NFS and SMB. The ASD-100 uses dual in-line memory modules (NVDIMMs) to store metadata transaction logs, and Panasas is contributing its NVDIMM driver to the FreeBSD community.

Also, the latest version of the industry’s fist and only plug-and-play parallel file system PanFS 7.0 features an updated FreeBSD operating foundation and a dynamic GUI that supports asynchronous “push” notification of system changes without user interaction. The ASH-100 hardware platform offers extremely high capacity in HDD @(12TB) and SSD @(1.9TB) in a parallel hybrid storage system and is the first to do so! A broad range of HDD and SSD capacities can be paired as needed to meet specific workflow requirements. The ASH-100 can be configured with ASD-100s or can be delivered with integrated traditional ActiveStor Director Blades (DBs), depending on the customers requirements. The updated DirectFlow Client is a 15% improvement in throughput due to the focused enhancements to the memoery allocation and readahead capability. NOTE: All ActiveStor models will benefit from this performance increase after upgrading to the new release of PanFS. The ASH-100 is shipping now. The ASD-100 and PanFS 7.0 will be available in Q1 2018.

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About Panasas

Panasas is the performance scale-out NAS leader for unstructured data, driving industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. Panasas ActiveStor appliances leverage the patented PanFS storage operating system and DirectFlow protocol to deliver performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas storage is optimized for the most demanding workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, energy, government as well as education environments, and has been deployed in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

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