Storage company Panasas has unveiled DirectFlow for Mac, bringing the performance benefits of parallel I/O over Ethernet to the Mac platform and Apple OS X operating system. Until now, DirectFlow has only been available for Linux. DirectFlow is the parallel data access protocol designed by Panasas and offered as part of the integrated ActiveStor storage solution that incorporates the PanFS file system, as well as NFS and SMB protocols.
DirectFlow allows clients to access Panasas storage directly and in parallel, resulting in higher performance than what can be achieved with industry standard protocols, including NFS and SMB. DirectFlow for Mac allows production teams to ingest, process and deliver video in higher resolution, as well as consolidate their workflows under a single global namespace, all while working alongside DirectFlow for Linux users and other platforms using traditional file protocols. Users also have access to the latest Panasas data-protection techniques based on modern erasure-coding methods.
“When you double the performance of client applications accessing scale-out NAS, you double the productivity of all users,” says David Sallak, VP of products and solutions at Panasas. “This leads to higher quality outcomes because you have more time to perfect the product you are creating, while also reducing the cost of getting the job done.”