14 July 2009
Panasas has begun shipping a new software release that increases data protection capabilities and overall application performance for data-intensive enterprises. It is available on all new ActiveStor Series 7 and 8 systems, and also as a free upgrade to existing Panasas customers.
Delivering single client performance gains of between 40 and 300 per cent over previous versions, the new Panasas release has been shown by early customers to sustain throughput of over 1GB/sec in their production environments.
Panasas' new Asynchronous Replication capability enables rapid replication of data from the primary Panasas system to a remote backup/disaster recovery Panasas system. The system continually compares successive data snapshots to assess changes in data, maximising data transfer efficiency by sending only the changes over the wire.
A significant new capability is the ability to perform zero-downtime data migration to the new ActiveStor Series 7 and Series 8 products from any existing Panasas storage platform. The migration feature is backwards compatible with all installed ActiveStor products, offering customers investment protection. Panasas is now delivering Access Controls (ACL), which improves overall system security by providing client permissions at the directory and/or file level.
Panasas has partnered with IBM on the new ActiveStor release, delivering optimised application performance and integrated support when new ActiveStor Series 7 and 8 storage systems are configured with IBM Power Systems running Linux. Tested on the latest Power 6 Systems, the combination provides outstanding performance levels and is an ideal solution for data-intensive applications in many industries including aerospace, energy, finance, government, life sciences, and consumer products manufacturing.