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November 09, 2012

Panasas to Showcase Activestor 14 with Hadoop Support

Panasas ActiveStor 14 fastens small file and metadata performance with Solid State Drive (SSD) technology and provides extreme performance. ActiveStor 14 provides unmatched scale-out NAS performance in addition to the manageability, reliability, and value, based on fifth-generation storage blade architecture and the Panasas PanFS storage operating system.

Recently, the company announced that will be demonstrating the ActiveStor 14 parallel storage system running high-performance Hadoop workloads at an upcoming event.

According to the company, the product offers considerably large savings to those Panasas customers who are looking to make use of existing infrastructure for new analytics workloads. Also, the product does not involve any performance penalty. ActiveStor 14T performs 30 percent faster than a local disk implementation, according internal testing using standard Hadoop benchmarks.

The company has joined hands with Hortonworks and Panasas to showcase Hadoop running on Panasas ActiveStor 14. Moving from local disk to a networked solution, the demonstration will show no performance penalty.

“As companies increasingly integrate HPC capabilities into commercial environments, the need for a single platform that can process a variety of mixed workloads is essential," said Faye Pairman, president and CEO of Panasas.  "With today's announcement, Panasas ActiveStor not only accelerates product design and scientific discovery applications, but will perform seamless Hadoop analyses, ensuring that customers can extract maximum value from their existing big data infrastructure.”

Recently, the company strengthened its executive team to include a new chief scientist position. The company stated that Panasas’ co-founder, Dr. Garth Gibson, was promoted to the new role. The company also stated that 11-year Panasas veteran, Dr. Brent Welch, replaced him as chief technology officer (CTO). Welch received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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