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Panasas intros hybrid scale-out NAS ActiveStor 20

Storage company Panasas has introduced ActiveStor 20, the company’s latest generation hybrid scale-out NAS appliance.  According to Panasas, it features a 65 percent increase in flash and a 25 percent increase in hard drive capacity. High-density flash drives and 10TB HGST Ultrastar He10 helium-based hard drives offer unstructured sequential file and mixed-workload performance with rapid access to both large and small files.

ActiveStor 20 features include up to 208TB (Based on a 1+10 configuration of 10 storage nodes per ActiveStor) capacity per ActiveStor; up to 45PB (No enforced limits. Tested configuration: 130 shelves) max. PanFS namespace capacity; DirectFlow, NFS and SMB protocol support; multiprotocol support for Linux, Mac and Microsoft Windows clients; PanFS 6.1 data availability and management features, including software-based RAID 6+, snapshots, user and group quotas and SiteSync data replication.

“Technical advances in visual effects, virtual reality, 4K and higher resolutions have fundamentally changed the process of creating high-quality entertainment,” explains David Sallak, VP, products and solutions at Panasas. “At NAB 2016, Panasas announced a preview of DirectFlow for Mac — our first M&E-focused enhancement for creative workgroups, unique to the scale-out NAS market of storage products. Building on this media-optimized solution, Panasas has introduced ActiveStor 20. We believe that deploying scalable storage that’s transparent to creative teams and optimized for Mac and Linux while supporting Windows, delivers a compelling experience for media companies seeking to release the full potential of artists, editors and producers to gain competitive advantage in a crowded media and entertainment landscape.”

ActiveStor 20 production systems will ship this month (August).

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