Articles about Panasas

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Building iRODS to take load off scientists' back

Panasas and Western Digital are combining high-speed data access and low-cost, bulk data storage for life sciences researchers through a partnership and integration exercise centred on the open-source data management software iRODS. The use of the systems is described here. This is how it works: Lab equipment generates data …
Chris Mellor, 7 Oct 2016

Hyper-converged softie biz Atlantis axes staff

Hyper-converged software supplier Atlantis has cut its staff numbers. This follows on from Panasas and Tegile trimming their head counts last week. Atlantis supplies software that started out using DRAM caching to accelerate virtual desktop instances in its ILIO product. This code evolved into its USX form to accelerate any …
Chris Mellor, 6 Feb 2016
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The fracking oil price drop whacked Panasas – who's next in energy IT?

NAS appliance maker Panasas was forced to restructure after falling oil prices caused its customers in the energy sector to spend less on its technology. That's why executives fled the building, and why other staff have been let go. CEO Faye Pairman said Panasas has a long-standing strategy of diversifying into vertical …
Chris Mellor, 4 Feb 2016
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All is not well on Mount Panasas: Five execs eject amid refocus

Exclusive Panasas – the privately owned hybrid scale-out NAS appliance supplier – has suffered exec exits and is refocussing, but so far won't say what its new strategy is. We contacted the firm after hearing rumors from a senior industry source about IP sales, but it was unable to respond until February 4. We did pick up hints of some …
Chris Mellor, 3 Feb 2016
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Petabyte punting Panasas pushes punchier performance product

Panasas has added performance heft to its scale-out ActiveStor HPC arrays and is going after the media and entertainment market, as its rendering and post-process work needs HPC-style storage. Panasas_ActiveStor_18_detail ActiveStor 18 rack The latest ActiveStor 18 (AS18) array is the successor to the AS16, which was …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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Panasas: Avoid lengthy RAID re-builds - use our dodgy-file tart-up tech

Storage biz Panasas has unveiled boosted hardware and software – and attacked the RAID rebuild problem by rebuilding damaged files instead of complete disks. The company is an HPC storage system supplier which is moving into technical computing/big data use cases in enterprises. It has more than 450 customers in 50+ countries …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2014
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We present to you: 840 fine, upstanding young disks stuffed into a rack cabinet – DDN

For maximum big data density, you basically need a rack full of disk drives and little else, and DataDirect has moved in that direction by stuffing up to 840 disks into a standard rack cabinet. The idea is that HPC and big data environments need as much capacity in a storage rack as they can get. DDN reckons it offers up to 40 …
Chris Mellor, 5 Jun 2014

Panasas: We'll move the earth for you SIXTEEN times faster than FTP

HPC storage supplier Panasas says its DataRunner transfer software can move files between systems and sites up to 16 times faster than standard network transfer protocols, such as FTP and rsync. Panasas' CMO Barbara Murphy said in a canned quote: “DataRunner assures high-speed, secure data movement while maintaining up to 100 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2013
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I'm the world's fastest! No, I am! And I'm staggering, too!

ISC 2012 Xyratex has formally launched its ClusterStor high-performance computing drive arrays, saying it's the fastest data storage array for high-performance computing in the industry. At the other end of the scale HP has revved its X5000 NAS filer upping capacity and adding iSCSI SAN access. Xyratex' ClusterStor 6000 is a …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2012
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Panasas on server flash cache: 'What problem are you solving?'

ISC12 Storage array feeding of server flash caches is not needed for high-performance computing because network latency is negligible - according to parallel storage biz Panasas. Geoffrey Noer, Panasas's senior product marketing director, tells the Reg: "We are not under pressure from our customers to deliver more performance. In …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2012
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Panasas kingpin: What's the solid state state of play?

Interview What can NAND flash do now for high-performance computing (HPC) storage and how will it evolve? Garth Gibson, the co-founder and chief technology officer for Panasas, the (HPC) storage provider, has definite views on it. Here's a snapshot of them. El Reg: How can solid state technology benefit HPC in general? Garth Gibson: …
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2012
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Erwan Menard joins fellow HP vets at DataDirect

HPC and big data storage supplier DataDirect Networks (DDN) is gearing up for expansion, growing its operations and adding information extraction software onto its data storage platform roots. The company, the largest privately owned storage company, according to IDC, with a $200m annual revenue run rate, has just recruited …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2011
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HPC SAN whiz moves into files

Big file data has attracted another supplier: Data Direct Networks (DDN), which has added a network-attached storage (NAS) product alongside its high-performance computing SAN storage arrays. DDN supplies more storage for the high-performance computing (HPC) market than any other supplier. That market needs highly-scalable and …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2011

BlueArc boosting itself

Privately-owned super-NAS vendor BlueArc is letting it be known that it is on a roll. Of course it's only putting out the good news but, still, that's impressive: record third quarter revenues with the mid-range Mercury product selling well, 100 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth and a 20 per cent headcount increase. The …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2010
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Panasas claims PAS 12 is fastest parallel storage system ever

Panasas is claiming that its PAS 12 kit announced today is the fastest parallel storage system you can get. The privately-owned company sells parallel access file storage arrays into high-performance computing (HPC)-like markets in the energy, government, academic, finance, pharmaceutical, aeronautic and other markets to do …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2010
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ParaScale brings direct access to the cloud

Cloud storage software provider ParaScale supports applications running directly on storage nodes - not accessing their data across the cloud. Isn't this contradictory? The idea is that a scale-out cloud file storage architecture is great for storing data, but not good if the applications that need the data are remote, which …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2010
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HPC storage vendor Panasas hot swaps CEOs

HPC storage supplier Panasas has installed a new CEO, Faye Pairman. Just days after announcing its entry into the HPC archive product space with PAS HC, CEO Randy Strahan is being replaced by Pairman. "[Paiman] will be instrumental in taking Panasas to the next level," that prime corporate speak cliche, according to Panasas …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2010
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Panasas adds high-capacity archive box

High-performance computing scale-out NAS supplier Panasas is launching its PAS HC product, a high-capacity archive store. Panasas supplies PAS 7, 8 and 9 systems for high-performance computing (HPC) and performance-dependent technical applications needing fast access to millions of files. It uses its PanFS filesystem to …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2010

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