Dec. 3, 2007

Two new tools for E&P operations

A new quad full high-definition monitor for ultrarefined geoscience visualization and analysis and a new data-compression appliance are suited for exploration and production uses.

The new Landmark M5600 monitor features a 56-in. quad full high-definition screen that the firm says is four times the size and twice the pixel count of current high resolution 30-in. screens. The monitor offers a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160.

When the monitor is paired with one of the firm’s recommended visualization servers and high-performance work stations from Dell, HP, Sun, and Verari, it makes high-end visualization capabilities affordable and easy to deploy, both in individual work areas and in team rooms, the company notes.

The monitor’s resolution, when coupled with its expansive viewing area, allows users to view large volumes of detailed data in full context. The monitor also allows users to view multiple data sources together. The company says this capability enables geoscientists to digitally revisit the days when they would put big sheets of paper on the wall side-by-side. The M5600 allows users to do the same thing they used to do with paper, only in high-resolution digital format.

Data-compression appliance. The device, known as the Storwize STN 6000, is capable of tripling E&P data-storage capacities through real-time storage compression—a feature that the firm says efficiently and effectively improves storage space without the purchase of additional storage devices. Installation of the STN 6000 does not require any changes to existing infrastructure. The compression operations are invisible to users, while application and storage performance increase as a result of the device.

The appliance is produced by Storwize Inc., San Jose, Calif. The STN 6000 is designed to work with any network attached storage array.

It delivers real-time, lossless, data compression and decompression at speeds that make it transparent to users.

The technology uses patent-pending algorithms that can reduce operating expenses associated with a customer’s current storage units. For example, the technology can delay migrations to additional storage units and also lower costs associated with power, air conditioning, and available floor space. Because the appliance compresses large volumes of data before backup, it can reduce downtime and shorten backup and restore cycles, the company says. In addition, it can reduce the amount of data sent over wide-area networks for remote backup.

Source: Landmark Div., Halliburton, 5 Houston Center, Houston, TX 77010.