Panasas has introduced the latest generation of its hybrid scale-out NAS appliance, ActiveStor. ActiveStor 18 offers linear scalability of more than 20PB and 200GB/s and increased CPU power with twice the storage cache capacity to further accelerate mixed workload performance. The system comes in 4TB and 8TB hard drive configurations.
The ActiveStor platform is designed for high-performance workflows in energy, government, life sciences, university environments, manufacturing and, most recently, media and entertainment. According to Panasas, as companies in M&E moved to higher resolutions and shared storage, this put them in a position to service this market. Current Panasas users include LA’s Asylum Entertainment and Chainsaw Edit.
The ActiveStor scale-out architecture incorporates hybrid storage hardware, file system and protocols with a combination of high-capacity hard drives and fast flash devices to accommodate mixed workloads and provide fast access to both small and large files.
Key features of ActiveStor 18 include:
– Linear scalability of capacity and performance
– Field proven at more than 20PB and 200GB/s in a single global namespace with 130 shelves, 2,600 HDDs, 1,300 SSDs
– 33 percent increase in density
– Up to 1.8PB per rack (or 181.2TB per 4U enclosure), leveraging 8TB drive technology
– Flash capacity optimized for RAID 6+ triple parity data protection
– Up to 20 percent faster mixed workload, metadata and small file performance
– 2x more storage cache — up to 2.7TB per rack (or 272GB per 4U enclosure)
– 19 percent faster CPU
– PanFS storage operating system
– A comprehensive single global namespace solution for simplified storage management
– Multiple protocol support
– Panasas DirectFlow protocol as well as NFS and SMB protocols
– RAID 6+ Triple-Parity Protection
– Per-file distributed software based on erasure codes provides a 150-fold increase in reliability over dual-parity approaches and allows reliability to increase with scale
Panasas ActiveStor 18 production systems can be ordered now but are expected to ship this September.