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November 7, 2016updated 08 Nov 2016 10:39am

BP and Total owned oil firm brings cloud data centre online

Strategy to crunch big data from oil gas fields and deliver 30% drop in operational costs

By Sam

An offshore oil and gas firm has brought online the first of three data centres which will process huge data volumes coming from oil and gas fields and cut IT operating costs by 30%.

ADMA-OPCO (The Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company) is a 50 year old oil firm which manages the production and exploration of a number of offshore oilfields in the Gulf producing several hundred thousand barrels of oil per day.

The company is around one third owned by BP and French oil giant Total.

ADMA-OPCO is upgrading three data centres by integrating existing IT systems to improve IT resource utilization and service response capabilities.

The firm said it foresees rapid growth of data volumes coming from the field and that it wants to reduce the operating costs of its data centres.

Huawei has built a cloud data centre based on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) standards, which integrates the core architectures of data centre management to implement a centralized management of both cloud and non-cloud data centres.

An oil field seen from the sky

An oil field seen from the sky


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The ‘Cloud Ready Data Center’ features centralized IT resources for collaborative management of blade servers, storage and network equipment. The set up allows for automatic provisioning of computing resources and scalable cloud data services required to support future-proof smooth capacity expansion.

This first cloud site has a disaster site 200km away to ensure zero loss of key data generated by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Oracle, and email systems.

Dr. Alaeddin Al-Badawna, ADMA-OPCO’s Chief Information Officer, said, “The Cloud Ready Data Center we built with Huawei supports seamless integration with our existing infrastructure, which maximizes our IT operation efficiency, optimizes IT resource management, and boosts IT resource utilization. We expect to see a 30% drop in the operation and maintenance (O&M) costs of the data centre.”

oil-company-owners-shareholdersIn relation to ADMA-OPCO’s shareholding, ADNOC, which represents the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, holds 60%, while the rest 40% is divided between BP, Total and JODCO.

“Virtualization-based cloud computing can ensure high service continuity and greatly facilitate our business expansion. In addition, Huawei’s geographic disaster redundancy technology provides enhanced security for our key business data and applications,” he continued.

He Tao, President of Huawei Middle East Enterprise Business Department said, ““The commercial rollout of this Cloud Ready Data Center is a testament to Huawei’s understanding of the specific needs of this particular business and positions Huawei as a leader among data center solution providers for global high-end oil and gas customers, as well as accelerate Huawei’s technological influence in this area and more.”

Since 2002, Huawei has started to provide data center integration services  As of August 2016, Huawei said it deployed more than two million virtual machines and 830 data centres, including 420 cloud data centres.


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