SMT Joins NetApp Alliance Partner Program

Companies Work Together To Help E&P Organizations Unlock Benefits Of 64-bit Computing

HOUSTON -SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 - Seismic Micro-Technology (SMT), the leader for geoscientific interpretation software, today announced it has joined the NetApp Alliance Partner Program as an Advantage Alliance Partner. This partnership comes at a time when organizations in the oil & gas industry have increasingly higher demands for computing performance. The new alliance will focus on helping customers satisfy their computing needs by harnessing the advantages of 64-bit processing.

"Both unconventional resource-play exploitation and deep water exploration require increasing amounts of data acquisition, storage, and the horsepower to process into useable information. SMT wants to help customers understand how to optimize their entire field evaluation workflow to maximize their performance. We see NetApp as an ideal partner to help us educate our customers," said Indy Chakrabarti, Chief Marketing Officer, SMT.

The two organizations have recently collaborated with a major US independent Exploration and Production (E&P) operator to develop test cases documenting improvements that can be seen using SMT KINGDOM with NetApp® storage and data management in a 64-bit computing environment. These findings indicate real benefits for geoscientists. For example, execution 3D time slices on the fly improved by nearly 60%, read/writes to the Oracle database improved, on average, 25%. Material gains were also seen in data loading speeds.

"In both emerging areas of future exploration, unconventional and deep water, reducing risk is a critical issue. One of the ways to reduce this risk is by providing the asset team fast and reliable access to the right tools and the right data, all at the right time. We are proud to partner with SMT, a leader for geoscientific interpretation software, to help our customers build the infrastructure they need to make the right decisions," said Richard Seger, director of Industry Alliances and Solutions at NetApp.

To better educate customers about best practices for geoscience computing, the two companies have combined with E&P operator Pioneer Natural Resources to host a web based broadcast on October 6th with Hart Energy. To register for the webinar, follow this link: secure.oilandgasinvestor.com/webinars/?eventid=68

About SMT
Seismic Micro-Technology, the market leader for geoscience software, helps organizations find oil and gas faster. The company's KINGDOM software allows geoscientists to focus on the analysis, not on managing the tools. SMT software enables intuitive interpretation, 3D modeling, analysis and data management, in one integrated executable. Customers can install and interpret data in the same day. With 2,700 customers in 100 nations, SMT has demonstrated performance proven to scale. SMT is headquartered in Houston, Texas with offices in Abu Dhabi, Calgary, Croydon (UK), Moscow and Singapore. For more information, visit www.seismicmicro.com.

About the NetApp Alliance Partner Program
The NetApp Alliance Partner Program provides qualified infrastructure and application providers with access to NetApp solutions, software development kits, technical support, training, certification, product information, marketing, and sales assistance. Customers benefit by having access to best-of-breed, interoperable partner solutions that are tested to work with NetApp storage. Additional information on the NetApp Alliance Partner Program is available at www.netapp.com/alliances.

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