Panasas User Survey Cites Need for More HPC Performance

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panasasPanasas recently conducted a survey of 114 professionals from a variety of market segments in order to better understand where the pain points are for current HPC users.  According to the survey, an overwhelming majority of organizations depend upon HPC to help grow their businesses.  48% percent of the respondents are not currently satisfied with the current performance level of their apps.  67% of respondents cited the need for a faster, more scalable storage.

Customers clearly recognize the business benefits of pushing the technical performance envelope,” said Randy Strahan, CEO of Panasas. “They also clearly identify that there is a large opportunity for high performance storage to take them to the next level.”

From the results:
— 93 percent of respondents stated that high performance computing was fundamental to the growth of their business. Even with today’s constrained budgets, they are faced with the increased demands for faster access to information and accelerated processes to stay competitive and support their business.
— 50 percent of respondents believe that improved customer service would be a direct benefit to increased performance for highest-need applications. This statistic, coupled with open ended comments regarding faster reporting, higher quality results, and improved scientific input, reveals that higher performance would have a positive impact on service levels and quality of research results.
— 48 percent reported that they were not satisfied with the performance of the applications that required the highest performance. Despite the advanced technology that is available today, the survey suggests that many organizations are still using legacy solutions that don’t perform at required levels.
— An overwhelming 67 percent of respondents stated that they need a faster, more scalable storage solution to keep up with the data and I/O performance requirements of their computing environments.
— 63 percent plan to invest in high-performance storage over the next year and 67 percent of those surveyed indicated they are considering deploying parallel storage.

For more info, read the full release here.