Landmark Unveils Storage Software Solution for E&P Data

Landmark, a brand of Halliburton's Drilling and Evaluation Division, has announced the immediate availability of its PetroStor™ scalable disk storage platform, which provides customers with petabytes of online capacity. Tested and qualified with Landmark's exploration and production (E&P) software, the solution is ideal for companies that need fast access to seismic files and archived project data.

Unlike traditional tape alternatives, the PetroStor storage solution provides upstream users instant access to all their seismic files and project data archives. Combining enterprise-class storage from NetApp with real-time compression from Storwize, the PetroStor storage solution lowers storage costs to less than $1,000 per terabyte. It enables storage administrators to increase their storage capacity, along with data reliability and performance, while reducing associated infrastructure footprint, cooling and power costs, as well as administrative costs associated with tape transcription and re-mastering.

"Oil and gas exploration is very data intensive, requiring significant storage assets," stated Noemi Greyzdorf, storage software research manager at the market research firm IDC. "Lower disk-storage costs increase the amount of data that can be kept at hand. Analysis can be performed more efficiently when data is readily available, resulting in more timely decisions and lower overall exploration costs."

"We already have multiple deployments using Storwize real-time compression because our customers are generating high volumes of business-critical data and they need access to that data in real time," said Paul Koeller, vice president, Halliburton Software and Asset Solutions. "Now, based upon our strategic alliances with NetApp and Storwize, Landmark is delivering a unique solution that provides users cost-effective online access to all their current and archived data. Their data is now not only more available, but it’s also more secure because they no longer need to worry about physical deterioration of tapes."

"The traditional tape model is cumbersome and it restricts an organization's ability to make timely, informed decisions," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "With the PetroStor storage solution, customers can keep all their data on enterprise disk storage -- providing fast, efficient and reliable access to data and thereby enhancing their decision-making process while also eliminating the financial and operational burdens of tape."

The PetroStor storage solution is offered and supported by Landmark, which also offers comprehensive managed services including deployment, data migration and disaster recovery. Landmark can help users migrate their archives from tape to disk and also index files according to their specific architecture, as well as incorporate metadata that makes users' files easy to find in their ever-growing libraries of data.


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