Panasas updates storage offerings

Panasas has updated its storage server operating system, ActiveStore, as well as its line of storage systems. Newly released version 3.2 of the ActiveScale OS is the first to support 10-Gigabit Ethernet, according to Larry Jones, vice president of marketing for the company. It now can list directories three times faster, support up to 12,000 users (the previous capacity was 5,000) and Network File System failover, as well as the new protocol for making NFS back-ups, called Network Data Management Protocol. It also is the first version of ActiveScale to support new Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks protocol (RAID 10) and Tiered Parity, Panasas' own approach for correcting errors during the reading of the disks.

ActiveScale is backward-compatible to older Panasas systems, and is free for subscribers to Panasas' support service.

On the hardware side, Panasas has upgraded its AS4000 and AS6000 parallel storage clusters so they can take advantage to the 10-Gigabit Ethernet. The company has also introduced a new budget cluster the ActiveStor 200, which is expandable up to 104 terabytes. The system would be perfect for archiving infrequently accessed data.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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