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  • 02-10-06, 23:10
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    Xinjiang Oil Company in Western China Deploys Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster

    Xinjiang Oil Company in Western China Deploys Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster

    Partnership With Hong Kong-based ModernTech Delivers Second Major
    Deployment in Mainland China
    SEG NEW ORLEANS 2006, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasas, Inc. today
    announced that Xinjiang Oil Company in Mainland China has deployed the
    Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster(TM). Through a partnership with
    ModernTech Computer & Peripheral Ltd. in Hong Kong, Panasas is providing
    high performance storage to Xinjiang Oil Company to help improve
    reliability, increase scalability and reduce overall IT costs at the oil
    company's facility in western China where aging UNIX mainframes are being
    replaced with newer Linux clusters.
    Xinjiang Oil Company is a subsidiary of PetroChina. PetroChina is one
    of the three largest state-owned oil and gas exploration and production
    companies in China. As Xinjiang Oil Company evaluated storage systems
    during the transition from costly mainframe to clustered Linux computing,
    the oil company selected and deployed the Panasas Storage Cluster to
    replace legacy storage that was incapable of delivering the performance and
    scalability needed to support their ever-growing seismic processing
    applications. Currently, Xinjiang Oil Company is running 12 Panasas Storage
    Clusters in conjunction with 600-node Linux clusters at the company's
    Department of Earth Science in western China.
    "We've been having problems trying to match the performance of our
    existing storage systems with the system performance of Linux clusters for
    a long time," said Jia Ya Jun, Chief Engineer of the Geophysical Research
    Institute Exploration and Development Institute of Xinjiang Oil Company.
    "The object-based Panasas storage solution totally turns things around by
    giving us the things we were looking for-high performance, expansibility,
    stability, dependability, and simplified management. Panasas storage has
    resolved the bottleneck problems and provided us with greater cluster
    performance for achieving our computing goals."
    The Panasas Storage Cluster with DirectFLOW(TM) software is helping
    PetroChina's subsidiary drive the complexity out of its Linux clusters so
    that they can operate at peak performance-up to three times faster than
    with Xinjiang Oil Company's previous storage-and allows IT administrators
    at the oil company to be more productive. The custom DirectFLOW software
    provides a fully parallel data path for direct, high-speed communications
    between Xinjiang Oil Company's Linux clusters and Panasas storage. By doing
    so, costly performance bottlenecks that can cause the clusters to idle
    while waiting for data are eliminated.
    In addition, Panasas' integrated hardware/software storage solution has
    enabled Xinjiang Oil Company to avoid time-consuming and often costly
    deployment problems by integrating easily with the newer Linux clusters as
    well as with existing legacy compute systems. From within a single, global
    namespace, the Panasas Storage Cluster has reduced many of the previous
    storage management burdens so that Xinjiang Oil Company can more fully
    maximize its investments in clustered Linux computing and reduce the
    overall cost of ownership.
    "We're excited to have Xinjiang Oil Company join our growing family of
    oil and gas customers around the world whose highly competitive businesses
    rely on Panasas storage solutions to help drive business efficiencies and
    profitability," said Larry Jones, vice president of Marketing at Panasas.
    "With the help of our valued partner ModernTech, we look forward to
    expanding the deployment of the Panasas Storage Cluster to additional
    customers throughout Mainland China."
    About ModernTech
    ModernTech Computer & Peripheral Ltd. was founded in 1985. Modern Tech
    is based in Hong Kong. Over the last 25 years, ModernTech has continued to
    grow and respond quickly to new opportunities with innovative, high
    performance computing solutions. Today, ModernTech has expanded operations
    to various markets in the region, including Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai,
    Philippines and Singapore. Additionally, ModernTech has become the leading
    computer and peripheral products supplier in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
    ModernTech has been endeavoring to provide customer with the best products
    and services in the high-performance computing industry. ModernTech is
    Panasas' authorized agent in Mainland China. For more details, please visit
    http://www.moderntech.com.hk .
    About Panasas
    Panasas, Inc. helps companies accelerate the speed and accuracy of
    their business decisions, leading to real world breakthroughs that improve
    people's lives. Panasas enables customers to maximize the benefits of Linux
    clusters by breaking down the storage bottleneck created by legacy network
    storage technologies. Through the delivery of the company's Storage Cluster
    platform, which combines industry-standard hardware with the company's
    ActiveScale File System and professional services, the company has become
    the established leader in object-based, clustered storage. Panasas is
    headquartered in Fremont, Calif., with development facilities in
    Pittsburgh, Pa. For more information, please visit http://www.panasas.com .

    SOURCE Panasas, Inc.

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