Enhancing the Speed and Security of Energy Production with Remote Visualization

By Bill Mannel, Vice President & General Manager – HPC Segment Solutions and Apollo Servers, Data Center Infrastructure Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

April 10, 2017

In the rapidly evolving world of energy production, the ability to quickly process and enact on vast quantities of data is essential to turn a profit. Yet as companies race to extract insight from a flood of complex data, they encounter considerable risks. The larger a dataset becomes, the more difficult it is to visualize, analyze, share, and store, which slows the production process and increases the likelihood of data loss or corruption.

Accelerating exploration and discovery and safeguarding sensitive geodata are two major concerns for the oil and gas (O&G) sector, so much that today’s IT budgets are shifting to accommodate this massive influx of data. According to IDC’s Top 10 Predictions, energy producers are allotting 12% of their high performance computing (HPC) budgets to support Big Data analytics, making it one of the top three areas of spending.

Companies of all sizes are seeking cutting-edge innovations to help streamline daily operations across drilling sites, offshore rigs, and remote offices. HPC solutions expressly designed for the O&G industry are enabling users to rapidly execute workloads, monitor and manage active sites, enhance collaboration, and improve time-to-value. Those who successfully implement these technologies will have the opportunity to drive business growth and ultimately survive in this highly competitive marketplace.

Thanks to advancements in HPC, geoscientists and engineers can now access and share critical information without leaving their desks or transferring large amounts of data across the network. Remote visualization solutions let users run software applications on the server side while visualizing the output locally, leveraging the speed and scalability of the cluster and circumventing the security risks of downloading business-critical data. With remote visualization, an encrypted stream of pixels is transmitted over the Internet, not the complete images. This helps keep information safe in the data center and dramatically reduces the possibility of data loss or breach.

Additional benefits of remote visualization include:

  • High-performance modeling and seismic simulations
  • Higher-quality images and more precise data interpretation
  • Reduced operating costs and storage expenditures
  • Seamless data sharing and collaboration across disparate sites
  • Secure access to data within data centers
  • Optimized hardware, software, and human resources to boost cost savings
  • Increased likelihood of locating viable drilling sites

Companies are also equipping their employees with Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDIs) to provide seamless remote access to complex images, videos, and models. VDIs deliver the optimal platform for 3D graphic-intensive applications which not only enhances data protection and employee productivity, but also improves the management of existing energy reserves, advanced simulations, and data-driven decision-making.

Success in the O&G sector hinges on the ability to access, interpret, and preserve troves of valuable information – the faster the technology, the greater the productivity, security, and profitability. Advancements in HPC are continually refining the ability to map and model and ramping up the speed of energy production. Organizations who invest in IT modernization can provide unfettered access to their most-needed applications anywhere, anytime in order to empower an increasingly dispersed and mobile workforce.

Follow me on Twitter at @Bill_Mannel to learn more about the latest HPC innovations that are streamlining energy exploration and discovery.

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