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Panasas Raises PanFS 10

November 2023 by Marc Jacob

Panasas® introduced PanFS® 10, the newest release of its flagship parallel file system. PanFS 10, which powers Panasas’ ActiveStor® portfolio of storage appliances, utilises a unique shared-nothing architecture that now supports Seagate® Exos® 2X18 with MACH2™ dual-actuator technology, enabling up to double the performance for the ActiveStor system. Additionally, PanFS 10 expands support for cloud workflows with S3 compatibility, allowing customers to seamlessly move AI/HPC workloads developed in the cloud to on premise datacentres for optimal performance management.

Data is a differentiator for businesses. According to IDC, investments in AI are increasing, leading to a faster penetration of AI in enterprise workloads. The firm predicts that by 2025, a fifth of all worldwide computing infrastructure will be used to run AI applications. What began as project work in siloed systems across data centres has evolved fast, transitioning towards large clusters of the same type that are capable of supporting HPC. This is driving the need for a storage system that delivers the performance of HPC with the reliability and ease of use of an enterprise storage solution.

Bridging the storage technology gap; upping the ante on performance

Enterprises and researchers no longer have to compromise between performance and price, allowing them to serve their users more effectively while retaining control of costs. PanFS 10 plus ActiveStor Ultra combines the benefits of traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and Solid-State Drives (SSDs) with Seagate MACH2 dual-actuator hard drive integration. Combining the large storage capacity of an HDD with MACH2 technology delivers up to 2x more performance for sequential data rates than standard hard drives, setting a new standard for hybrid storage infrastructure management.

With many organisations developing AI applications in the cloud, the need to create, access, and update these data assets puts an enormous burden on storage infrastructures. PanFS 10 with S3 cloud-first protocol integration supports cloud-developed tools and applications. This provides enhanced metadata and IOPS performance. With support for storage workloads managed across datacentres on-premises, at the edge, and in the cloud, data can seamlessly move to whichever workload needs it the most, reliably and cost-effectively.

Additionally, Panasas announced support for 24TB SATA HDDs and InfiniBand HDR support.

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