Houston, Texas - June 30, 2008 - Oil & gas
data archiving specialists Enigma Data Solutions, Ltd. today
announced the successful testing of its geoscience archiving
solution, PARS, with the NetApp® NearStore® Virtual Tape
Library (VTL) appliance. This enables oil companies to manage data
archiving more cost effectively by embracing modern disk-based
storage technology without losing the advantages of tape-based
backup systems or compatibility with legacy systems.
"NetApp's VTL allows seismic data formatted tapes to be stored
on disk and accessed easily - as if they were on a very fast
physical tape. By combining the NetApp NearStore VTL with Enigma's
I/O layer (IDS) and a small tape library, we provide an independent
and cost effective information lifecycle management solution from
archiving and tape management to creating secure tape copies of
geoscience data and projects for deep archive purposes," said Tim
Bowler, vice president of Americas, Enigma Data Solutions.
"Our combined technologies provide geoscientists and data
managers not only with fast access to valued data but also
reliability for their archived data, two key requirements in the
oil and gas industry," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of
Solutions Marketingat NetApp.
Until now, a typical archiving system would archive two copies
of data to tape media. One copy would remain at the client site,
while the other copy would be taken off-site to a long term "salt
mine" storage facility. The NetApp NearStore VTL appliance mimics
tape-based systems, saving space and eliminating the need to
maintain and operate a robotic automated tape storage facility
on-site. This saves customers money and speeds back up and recovery
processes. The fast local VTL appliance can be mirrored at a
purpose built, off-site tape storage facility for long term
storage. Additionally, the NetApp NearStore VTL provides
high-performance disk compression, saving further storage
Enigma collaborated with NetApp to test the company's PARS and
IDS products with the NetApp NearStore VTL at Enigma's testing
facility in Houston. The test results demonstrated the successful
archiving of data from "Geo-Technical projects" involving major oil
and gas software applications such as Landmark's SeisWorks,
OpenWorks and CDA, Schlumberger's GeoFrame.
Enigma's Intelligent Data Store (IDS) adds an additional
"virtual tape" layer for its Geophysical customer base for storing
record-orientated seismic data in industry standard format tape
images (SEGA,B,C,D and SEGY) to the NetApp NearStore VTL appliance.
The VTL can be configured to match the different tape sizes used in
industry allowing images of the original tapes to be kept in the
same format without the need of any addition encapsulation layers.
This data can be delivered to the customer's applications as if it
were on the original tape via IDS's Virtual tape drives.
Enigma believes the power, speed and convenience of the NetApp
NearStore VTL offering will complement the company's proven success
over the last 15 years providing solutions for the archiving and
recovery of geoscience data.
About Enigma Data Solutions
Enigma Data Solutions Ltd. is a leading provider of archiving
software to the oil and gas industry worldwide. Enigma's products
and solutions address today's data storage demands, enabling
businesses to compete more effectively by preserving strategic data
and reducing the Total Cost of Ownership.
Enigma's products are currently installed in more than 100
locations worldwide, including half of the Fortune Top 20 companies
and spanning major business segments and the public sector.
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