Panasas Corporate Overview


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Panasas is the leader in high-performance scale-out NAS storage solutions, enabling enterprise customers to rapidly solve complex computing problems, speed innovation and bring new products to market faster. All Panasas solutions leverage the patented PanFS™ storage operating system to deliver exceptional performance, scalability and manageability.

The Panasas family of products is optimized for demanding storage environments in the energy, government, finance, manufacturing, bioscience and higher education industries.

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  • June 29, 2005 Main Message: The Panasas ActiveScale Parallel atorage architecture solves the I/O bottleneck created by cluster computing. Let’s look at how data flows in parallel to the cluster. In order for this to work, we have designed a protocol called DirectFLOW. Before starting, all cluster nodes are empowered with a small installable file system We call the file system the DirectFLOW client It enables direct communication between clients and StorageBlades When there is a request for data from the cluster, First, the DirectFLOW client makes a request to the DirectorBlade to get and/or store data files DirectorBlade authenticates the user and request, then obtains the latest map of all applicable objects across the StorageBlades and sends a virtual copy of the map to the client. DirectorBlades provide authorization to access data and a map of where the data is Data is then accessed directly and in parallel from the Object Storage Devices, that is, the StorageBlades Data does not have to flow through the DirectorBlades. The beauty of the Panasas system is that it provides customers ultimate flexibility in determining how they would like to access data. If you are interested in zero alterations to the existing infrastructure, then you are free to use the in-band NFS/CIFS solution. If performance is critical, the DirectFLOW solution provides record setting performance. And if you, like many customers, have diverse needs, you can institute both NFS/CIFS and DirectFLOW solutions into a single pool of storage for easy management. That means that a single file can be access in the system by all three protocols! Panasas is the ONLY company to offer DirectFLOW and this level of customer flexibility in terms of performance. Link: Now that we understand the architecture we can take a quick look at the solutions themselves.
  • Panasas Corporate Overview

    1. 1. High Performance Storage Solutions August 2010
    2. 2. Panasas Summary <ul><li>Unique high performance storage solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exceptional performance, scalability and manageability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blue chip customers </li></ul><ul><li>Outstanding 2009 financial performance in a tough market </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide network of partners and resellers </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Market - Scale-Out NAS Technical Applications Risk Management Design Computing Financial trading system simulations Genome archiving Drug Discovery SW Development CAE Home directories for engineers Enterprise NAS Business Applications ERP Finance CRM Other mission critical HPC Modeling Simulation Seismic Processing High Energy Physics Research EDA, OPC Monte Carlo simulations Technical Enterprise Panasas solves the most difficult storage problems with high reliability in an easy to use appliance-like package
    4. 4. Improving Time-to-Market <ul><ul><li>Every processor since 2006 developed, simulated and produced with Panasas storage systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgrade to PAS 9 improved time-to-results by 30%. </li></ul></ul>Leading Semiconductor Company <ul><li>Market segment – Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Application – New product simulation and modeling </li></ul>
    5. 5. Meeting Mission-Critical Deadlines <ul><ul><li>6X efficiency improvement in completing seismic processing jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High availability performance in extremely demanding environment (onboard survey ship) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased oil discovery success rate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Market segment – Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Application – Seismic processing </li></ul>
    6. 6. Delivering Unprecedented ROI <ul><ul><li>Breakthrough trading algorithm analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100X more simulations in same timeframe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ ROI with Panasas was 8 hours” </li></ul></ul>Global Hedge Fund <ul><li>Market segment – Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Application – Trading system simulation and optimization </li></ul>
    7. 7. Accelerating Research & Time to Market <ul><ul><li>Use Panasas for complete life science workflow – from genomic sequencing data capture and analysis to computational chemistry to home directories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5X performance improvement in genetic modeling simulations </li></ul></ul>Uppsala University Sweden <ul><li>Market segment – Life sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Application – Molecular modeling and genome archiving </li></ul>
    8. 8. Solving Complex Problems at Lower Cost <ul><ul><li>Faster and more accurate design certification on the Boeing 787 – improved air flow simulations at a cost reduction of over 90% from previous methods </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Market segment – Aerospace </li></ul><ul><li>Application – Structural mechanics simulation and design </li></ul>
    9. 9. Solving Complex Design Problems <ul><ul><li>Solved problem of increasing efficiency of filling cans with chips and getting seasoning on both sides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Absorbency rate analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Market segment – Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Application – Computational Fluid Dynamics </li></ul>
    10. 10. High Performance Modeling <ul><ul><li>Complex wind tunnel modeling and analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Result - Formula 1 race Winner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Market segment – Automotive </li></ul><ul><li>Application – Dynamic modeling and simulation </li></ul>
    11. 11. High Performance Storage Solutions Availability / Management Performance / Scalability Unique Architecture for Seamless Scalability
    12. 12. The Panasas Difference <ul><li>PanFS Storage Operating System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patented single file system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global namespace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infinite scale </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DirectFLOW® client S/W </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parallel and direct access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pNFS open source standard </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Panasas Advantages
    14. 14. Standards Leadership <ul><li>Parallel NFS (pNFS) Standard </li></ul><ul><li>Based on Panasas architecture, authorship, and technical contributions </li></ul><ul><li>pNFS standard (NFS v. 4.1) approved 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>pNFS deployments in 2011 </li></ul>
    15. 15. Panasas Cloud Computing <ul><li>Public Cloud - Partnered with Penguin Computing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Penguin on Demand (POD) offering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HPC as a service in the cloud </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Private Cloud - Connect for Education customer success </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private cloud for 200K students across 1500 colleges and universities </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Thank You