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Panasas ActiveStor OverviewUNIXBusinessApplication

Panasas ActiveStor is #11 ranked solution in top NAS tools. PeerSpot users give Panasas ActiveStor an average rating of 9.0 out of 10. Panasas ActiveStor is most commonly compared to Dell PowerScale (Isilon): Panasas ActiveStor vs Dell PowerScale (Isilon). Panasas ActiveStor is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 76% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 27% of all views.
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What is Panasas ActiveStor?

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.

Panasas ActiveStor was previously known as ActiveStor.

Panasas ActiveStor 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

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Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use and flexible with great performance
Pros and Cons
  • "We've found the product to be quite flexible."
  • "The solution is quite expensive."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for our HPC projects, high-performance computing projects.

What is most valuable?

The product has proven itself to be stable. The performance is great. 

We've found the product to be quite flexible.

It is extremely easy to use. 

What needs improvement?

The solution is quite expensive.

The solution could offer better support and better local support options.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for more than four years at this point. It's been a while. 

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent and we've found the product's performance to be very good. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It is very, very reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have three people using the product currently. We have clients on the solution as well.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support could be better. They need to offer better local support to their customers. We're not 100% satisfied with the help they offer us. 

How was the initial setup?

We have two individuals that can handle deployment and maintenance. They are both engineers.

What about the implementation team?

As an integrator, we can assist clients with implementation.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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. It was all in one package.

What other advice do I have?

We are customers and implementors. 

We've been quite pleased with the solution over the years. I would give it a rating of nine out of ten overall. 

I'd definitely recommend the solution to other users and companies.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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