Energy is the core application business for Panasas, next to biosciences, finance, government, manufacturing and academia. The company is interested in setting up public-private collaborations in academia but is also focusing on Fortune500 companies. An example of commercial collaboration is the seismic research on ships. An illustration of private HPC Cloud installation is the collaboration with the University of Leicester for control over the university's research data and consolidation of this data.
Panasas' ActivStor product is quite unusual as a blade. ActivStor11 consists of 11 blades and each one of them has a separate IP address. The solution provides parallel access. Every blade offers 6TB of storage capacity.
Geoffrey Noer explained toPrimeur Magazinethat OpenSource Lustre has a problem in the sense that the software packages reside on everyone else's hardware. With Panasas, this is not the case. ActivStor11 is a complete solution with great reliability.
ActivStor12 was released in November 2010. It has twice the performance per disk in comparison with other HPC storage vendors, delivering 1600 MB/s writes and 1500 MB/s reads in real-world environments and 80 MB/s per disk in the end-to-end throughput.
Geoffrey Noer explained that ActivStor11 is now launched after ActivStor12 to offer the customer a more price-sensitive solution with a better balance between capacity and performance. It is a good solution for the type of customers that have a more limited budget but do require almost the same performance as provided by the ActivStor12.