Panasas has introduced what the company states is the world's fastest fully integrated parallel storage solution, ActiveStor 14. The Panasas file system efficiently incorporates SSD technology to accelerate small file performance and metadata operations while minimising SSD wear and expense. This intelligent blend of cost-effective, high-density SATA and SSD storage delivers throughput performance for mixed workloads of both large and small files, while delivering fast rebuilds.
In addition to satisfying the bandwidth requirements of demanding high-performance storage applications, the single platform opens new opportunities for Panasas parallel storage technology in industries with predominantly I/O intensive workloads, including life sciences, energy and manufacturing. The company has demonstrated the performance of ActiveStor 14 by publishing SPEC SFS benchmark results measuring network-attached storage NFS performance.
A single ActiveStor 14T shelf containing 27 data drives delivered 20,745 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 operations per second with an overall response time of 1.99 milliseconds – a 768 ops/s per data drive. Scaled out to two shelves, ActiveStor 14T produced 41,116 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 operations per second with an overall response time of 1.39 milliseconds – near-linear scaling of performance.
With initial shipments expected to begin in November 2012, multiple product configurations are available with varying SSD and cache capacities.