Fabulous Success in Exploration\nAccording to IDC research, one-fourth to one-third of the value generated by a typical oil and gas exploration and production company\u2019s annual activities is owed to data. Lundin Norway is no exception.\nNew Reservoir Simulations Need More Data Storage\nData is one of the most valuable resources in a smart world, and the volume of data collected in the oil and gas industry is growing exponentially. With target exploration fields shifting from conventional to unconventional areas \u2014 from land to sea, and even polar regions \u2014 the explorers are becoming increasingly dependent on IT. More data requires better data mining utilization, which results in a higher likelihood that an organization will find oil resources and control the market. In order to obtain more data and generate more profit, Lundin Norway has adopted new reservoir simulation technologies that overcome many of the technical and environmental difficulties faced by offshore exploration, which in turn improves mining efficiency.\nNew technologies generate high volumes of data. Lundin worried its current storage architecture cannot meet its fast growing data storage requirements. In addition, 60 percent of Lundin\u2019s data is cold data. The scalability of earlier storage system on the live network was insufficient and did not support tiered storage; the result was that all the company\u2019s data was stored on expensive SAS disks, which resulted in high Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Further, new reservoir simulations require high-performance computing clusters.\nThe scope of work was linked to the following objectives:\n\nLower costs;\nApply robust, secure, flexible, scalable, and cost-effective solutions;\nMeet future storage needs;\nCoexist with cloud services.\n\nFully Symmetrical, Distributed File Storage Solutions\nHuawei has cooperated with industry partners to launch ICT solutions that cover upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors for combining digital production with safety control and improved productivity. Huawei\u2019s oil and gas solutions have been applied in 45 countries and regions around the world and serve fourteen of the top 20 global oil and gas companies.\nLundin\u2019s CIO and his team came to appreciate Huawei\u2019s attention to the company\u2019s pain points with solutions for their fast-growing data storage demands. The flexible scale-out architecture of the OceanStor 9000 meets all future requirements for storage expansion, and includes the InfoTier function that separates the processing and storage for large amounts of cold data on a live network.\nLocated in Lysaker, near Oslo, Lundin\u2019s primary datacenter (LDC3) has the rack space available to co-locate the new Network Attached Storage (NAS) platform with the current storage solution.\nThe OceanStor 9000 fully symmetrical distributed file storage systems supports high-performance read\/write access, smooth scale-out from three to 288 nodes, up to 100 PB of capacity in a single file system, and includes Huawei\u2019s proprietary InfoTurbo acceleration technology for up to 2.5 GB\/s bandwidth over a single client. As a result, OceanStor 9000 systems support simplified management and maintenance, and eliminate data silos caused by multiple namespaces. The capacity and performance characteristics of Huawei\u2019s OceanStor 9000 are designed to alleviate all customer storage concerns.\nAt the same time, the OceanStor 9000 InfoReplicator system provides data protection for erasure codes that are set and controlled at the directory level. Folders or files can be replicated between multiple OceanStor 9000 storage systems through IP links over Local Area Networks (LANs) or Wide Area Networks (WANs).\nThe storage system supports and configures remote replication in case data cannot be recovered for any reason. Remote replication requires data consistency based on snapshots in addition to full and incremental replication that are scheduled to operate automatically. The Lundin project requires a Recovery Point Objective (RPO) time of one day, with a minimum RPO time of 30 minutes.\nTiered Storage for Deep Exploration\nThe OceanStor 9000 InfoTier Dynamic Storage Tiering (DST) feature stores and migrates files between devices with different performance levels according to file properties. In this way, InfoTier enables user-specific processing speed and capacity assignments for ensuring optimal space utilization, enhanced access performance, and reduced deployment costs.\nThe tiered-storage features of the Huawei OceanStor 9000 solution specifically addresses Lundin\u2019s requirement to manage hot and cold data separately, improve storage efficiency and data analysis, and boost processing performance.\nThe migration of to the new system would be completed in three months. Not only did the OceanStor 9000 deployment succeed in avoiding daily penalties, the project was completed in only half the time.\nHuawei and the OceanStor 9000 are benefitting the company in the following ways:\n\nEnable linear performance improvements by dynamically adding nodes to meet projected service growth.\nReduced the TCO by a significant amount by 35 percent using the OceanStor 9000 tiered storage functions.\nSimplified configurations and graphical support for systems deployment.\nIncreased egress bandwidth through capacity expansion to avoid bandwidth bottlenecks and meet long-term customer requirements for rapid growth.