IT Central Station is now PeerSpot: Here's why

Panasas ActiveStor vs Spectra Verde NAS comparison

Cancel
You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
report
Use our free recommendation engine to learn which NAS solutions are best for your needs.
597,415 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: 
We've found the product to be quite flexible.
Top Answer: 
The solution could be cheaper. Right now, it's pricey. We don't pay a recurring licensing fee. We just paid for the whole system, including the hardware and software, as well as support and service… more »
Top Answer: 
The solution is quite expensive. The solution could offer better support and better local support options.
Ask a question

Earn 20 points

Ranking
12th
out of 28 in NAS
Views
314
Comparisons
222
Reviews
1
Average Words per Review
335
Rating
9.0
21st
out of 28 in NAS
Views
141
Comparisons
120
Reviews
0
Average Words per Review
0
Rating
N/A
Comparisons
Also Known As
ActiveStor
Spectra Logic nTier
Learn More
Overview

In our most recent product, the ActiveStor Ultra, Panasas has developed a new approach called Dynamic Data Acceleration Technology. It uses a carefully balanced set of HDDs, SATA SSD, NVMe SSD, NVDIMM, and DRAM to provide a combination of excellent performance and low cost per terabyte.

• HDDs will provide high bandwidth data storage if they are never asked to store anything small and only asked to do large sequential transfers. Therefore, we only store large Component Objects on our low-cost HDDs.

• SATA SSDs provide cost-effective and highbandwidth storage as a result of not having any seek times, so that’s where we keep our small Component Objects.

• NVMe SSDs are built for very low latency accesses, so we store all our metadata in a database and keep that database on an NVMe SSD. Metadata accesses are very sensitive to latency, whether it is POSIX metadata for the files being stored or metadata for the internal operations of the OSD.

• An NVDIMM (a storage class memory device) is the lowest latency type of persistent storage device available, and we use one to store our transaction logs: user data and metadata being written by the application to the OSD, plus our internal metadata. That allows PanFS to provide very low latency commits back to the application.

• We use the DRAM in each OSD as an extremely low latency cache of the most recently read or written data and metadata.

To gain the most benefit from the SATA SSD’s performance, we try to keep the SATA SSD about 80% full. If it falls below that, we will (transparently and in the background) pick the smallest Component Objects in the HDD pool and move them to the SSD until it is about 80% full. If the SSD is too full, we will move the largest Component Objects on the SSD to the HDD pool. Every ActiveStor Ultra Storage Node performs this optimization independently and continuously. It’s easy for an ActiveStor Ultra to pick which Component Objects to move, it just needs to look in its local NVMe-based database.

Spectra Verde NAS Solution is the optimal disk platform for the storage of mid-tier data, including primary storage offload, data staging, backup and archiving. Flexible, simple and affordable, the Spectra Verde delivers file storage for as low as 7.5 cents per gigabyte. The expandable Verde disk solution provides raw storage capacities from 48TB to 10.7PB. Designed for a variety of workloads, a single Verde solution supports three different disk drive types, including 4TB, 8TB and 12TB enterprise drives; 8TB archive drives; and high-performance SSD drives. Reliable, economical and archive-ready, Spectra Verde simplifies the data storage process.

Offer
Learn more about Panasas ActiveStor
Learn more about Spectra Verde NAS
Sample Customers
Advanced Mask Technology Center Airbus Argonne National Laboratory The University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts Technology and Emerging Communication Башнефть Boeing Bosch California Academy of Sciences Caltech Canon Case Western Reserve University Conoco Phillips Deluxe DirecTV Fairfield Technologies United States Federal Reserve Garvan Institute of Medical Research Goodyear Halliburton Harvard Medical School Honeywell In-Depth Geophysical Intel Kawasaki Lockheed Martin 3M Magseis Fairfield Mammal Studios The Man Group McLaren Mercedes-Benz MINES ParisTech NASA US Navy National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center NBCUniversal National Institutes of Health Nio National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northrup Grumman Novartis Partners Healthcare Procter & Gamble PGS Pratt & Whitney Rutherford Appleton Lab Siemens Sim International Sinopec Solers Square Cnix TGS Toyota Motorsport GMBH Toppan Turner UMass Medical School United Technologies University of Georgia University of California Los Angeles University of Minnesota University of Notre Dame University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation Whiskytree
McDonald's, Discovery Communications, GSN, FedEx, LIBR, CyArk, UIDAI, Luther College, FMI, Nasa Ames Research Center
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company28%
Government11%
Financial Services Firm6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government8%
Healthcare Company6%
Buyer's Guide
NAS
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Dell Technologies and others in NAS. Updated: May 2022.
597,415 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Panasas ActiveStor is ranked 12th in NAS with 1 review while Spectra Verde NAS is ranked 21st in NAS. Panasas ActiveStor is rated 9.0, while Spectra Verde NAS is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Panasas ActiveStor writes "Easy to use and flexible with great performance". On the other hand, Panasas ActiveStor is most compared with Dell PowerScale (Isilon), NetApp FAS Series and HPE 3PAR StoreServ, whereas Spectra Verde NAS is most compared with Dell PowerScale (Isilon).

See our list of best NAS vendors.

We monitor all NAS reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.