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Drillinginfo enlists Nexenta for data storage solutions

12th March 2015

Nexenta has announced the deployment of its platform for Drillinginfo, an Austin-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of data-driven intelligence to the oil and gas industry

Nexenta has announced the deployment of its platform for Drillinginfo, an Austin-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of data-driven intelligence to the oil and gas industry
Drillinginfo delivers game-changing information for oil and gas energy exploration decision support, enabling companies to get to better insights, faster. Source: Drillinginfo

“When our storage architect, Andy Davis, approached me about the company’s growing data storage requirements, we discussed the need to implement a scalable platform that would support our current and future storage requirements,” said Mike Couvillion Drillinginfo’s chief technology officer.

Drillinginfo has roughly 900 terabytes (TB) of data, and adds roughly 20-25 TB of data per month.

Drillinginfo turned to NexentaStor, Nexenta's flagship Software-Defined Storage (SDS) platform, as a replacement for its current storage system.

“Our data storage team doesn’t have to worry about running out of storage as we add data and the systems are fully high availability (HA) – there isn't a single point of failure,” added Couvillion. As Couvillion’s team analyses the financial benefit of using Nexenta, the most important metric is cost per terabyte.

“Because the Nexenta system is so redundant, it can be put on Supermicro, which costs us about USD 416/TB. That is well below the industry average, and there is no additional licensing for replication. At that cost, the Nexenta SDS practically recovers its cost on delivery.”

“Drillinginfo is a perfect example of how Software-Defined Storage can eliminate performance and scalability challenges,” said Jill Orhun, VP of Marketing & Strategy at Nexenta. “The right decision on storage is instrumental to running effective infrastructure, and that has ramifications for companies’ bottom line. Nexenta is proud to assist Drillinginfo with managing and storing its large volume of business-critical data.”

Drillinginfo delivers game-changing information for oil and gas energy exploration decision support, enabling companies to get to better insights, faster.

Prior to drilling for oil, companies must evaluate up to eight different silos of data to meet regulatory and compliance guidelines; the ultimate goal is to have the least amount of risk – and the greatest success in finding oil.

Seismic and geological data provide analysis of rock structures, based on drilling location.

Legal documents, such as county court records for leases, date back hundreds of years. The volume of data that oil companies must sift through is immense, growing each and every year, and becoming more and more complicated to access and analyse.

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