Panasas ActiveStor Ultra
Data Centre ICT Storage Product of the Year
Entry Description
By their very nature, the environments and datasets for HPC workloads and emerging applications such as AI, precision medicine, autonomous driving, AR and VR for example, are extremely large and complex.

Whether it is supporting reliable engineering or pushing the boundaries in life and physical sciences or economic modelling, it takes many compute nodes operating together to analyse or simulate the problems at hand. The volume of data required, and the access performance to keep all those compute nodes busy, can only be met by a true parallel file system, one that maximises the efficiency of all storage media in a seamless and high-performance storage system.

Architected for performance, simplicity and flexibility, ActiveStor Ultra features PanFS 8, a portable parallel filesystem deployed on the latest industry standard hardware. The result is a high-performance, cost-effective storage solution capable of seamlessly adapting to new technology advancements, evolving workloads, and dynamic business needs.

ActiveStor Ultra with PanFS 8 offers the industry’s leading price performance ratio in an appliance that maximises simplicity, boosts reliability, and delivers the lowest TCO.

Customers such as Boeing, Canon, McLaren and UCLA have deployed the Panasas solution to ensure their data is immediately accessible, secure, and easy to manage. Using Panasas ActiveStore Ultra they are accomplishing advanced genomic research using the latest sequencing technology, rendering visual effects for animated films, designing advanced aircraft with complex computer-aided engineering and finite element analysis models, and optimising the extraction of oil-and-gas deposits through seismic processing-based analysis.

Gregory Sainte-Luce, IT Manager at the Materials Research Centre and member of the IT board, MINES ParisTech, said: “With Panasas ActiveStor, researchers save time since they no longer have to move or copy data files before they can process them. They gain productivity since there are no more HPC bottlenecks to access the storage system. Bandwidth is four to five times higher than before. And file sharing is more convenient, thanks to shorter response times and higher throughput.”

Dr. Warren Kaplan Chief of Informatics Garvan Institute of Medical Research also commented: “Panasas lives up to its promise of terrific performance with negligible maintenance and administration time.”
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