Panasas Delivers Seismic Data 10x Faster to Geophysical Development Corp.


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To deliver fast and accurate seismic data to their global customers exploring and developing hydrocarbon reserves, Geophysical Development Corporation (GDC) required a new storage system to maximize the compute power of their Linux cluster. Here’s how they improved their performance by 10X with a simplified cluster management.

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Panasas Delivers Seismic Data 10x Faster to Geophysical Development Corp.

  1. 1. Customer Success Story Geophysical Development Corporation“We looked at othersolutions, but Panasas GDC During the past 20 years, Geophysical Development Corporation (GDC) haswas by far the easiest to grown into a leading provider of global solutions in seismic data processingdeploy.” and exploration services. Renowned for its pioneering work in 3D AVO,Richard Verm difficult topographic problems and rock properties studies, GDC offers aVP of Research & Technology, world-class suite of seismic processing capabilities and exploration serviceGDC solutions. GDC believes that continued innovation is the foundation for increasing efficiency and reducing risk in the exploration and development of hydrocarbon reserves. GDC uses technology based on industry standard platforms to deliver the performance and scalability necessary to address their clients’ largest and most difficult projects. The Challenge the technical resources necessary to GDC recently deployed a Linux cluster explore integrating different hardware and looked for a high performance and software solutions. “We are running storage solution to complement their a production environment, we don’t have new purchase. Previously, GDC was time for complicated implementations,”SUMMARY dependent upon a direct attached said Verm. Finally, the solution needed toIndustry: solution that was often difficult to be dense, as floor space was a premiumOil and Gas manage and unable to deliver consistent in the GDC data center. performance. The company needed aTHE CHALLENGE system that provided strong performance The SolutionTo deliver fast and accurate seismic data in both data bandwidth and random I/O. GDC purchased Panasas® Storage forto their global customers exploring and “Our application suite places a great deal its ability to deliver exceptional processingdeveloping hydrocarbon reserves. This of pressure on the storage system,” said performance in an integrated solutioncompany required a new storage systemto maximize the compute power of their Richard Verm, Vice President of Research that is easy to deploy and manage. AfterLinux cluster. and Technology at GDC. “Our storage quickly deploying Panasas Storage, GDC’s solution needs to deliver excellent performance immediately increased. “TheTHE SOLUTION performance in both data bandwidth and Panasas Storage Cluster stood out with itsThe fully integrated software/hardware random I/O.” ability to deliver exceptional performancesolution included the Panasas Operating in both data bandwidth and random I/O,”Environment and the PanFS™ parallel file System installation and management also said Verm. “Most companies excel insystem with the Panasas DirectFLOW®protocol. became important criteria. Direct attach one performance criteria or another, but storage led to significant management Panasas does both.” Panasas combines issues as the capacity scaled. Managing a next-generation, distributed file systemTHE RESULT multiple mount points and discrete with a hardware solution that is perfectly • 10X performance improvement storage systems became increasingly tuned to deliver outstanding performance. • Ease of integration Panasas Storage also delivers near linear distracting for system administrators. • Simplified cluster management Ideally, GDC was looking for a single scaling in performance with increases in • Maximized productivity of clustered console to manage all of their cluster capacity. environment storage. Since time was of the essence, the solution needed to work out of the Although GDC explored the option of box. GDC did not have the time or purchasing a stand-alone file system to 1-888-panasas
  2. 2. Customer Success Story: Geophysical Development Corporationwork with existing hardware, they quickly realized that deployinga non-integrated solution would require extensive setup andtesting time. More importantly, the solution would simply not have “Panasas has allowed us to speed ourthe performance capabilities delivered by Panasas. “We looked processing capabilities by aat other solutions, but Panasas was by far the easiest to deploy,” factor of 10.”said Verm. By purchasing Panasas Storage, GDC leveraged a Richard Vermdistributed file system without the hassle of integrating it with an VP of Research & Technology, GDCexisting hardware architecture.The ResultBy utilizing the performance capabilities of the PanasasStorage Cluster, GDC is able to deliver results to theircustomers faster. “We are all about exceeding ourcustomer’s expectations and Panasas helps us do that,” saidVerm. “Panasas has allowed us to speed our processingcapabilities by a factor of 10.” In addition to consistentperformance improvements, GDC is confident in knowingthat as their cluster storage grows, Panasas Storage has thecapability to scale within a single namespace to meet theirlong-term capacity and management needs. In fact, GDCknows as the system scales in capacity, overall performancewill improve. “We’re confident in knowing that not only willthe Panasas system grow to meet our capacity requirements,but we’ll get a boost in performance as well,” said Verm.Performance is not the only benefit achieved by the PanasasStorage deployment. Equally as important is the ease inwhich the system installed into GDC’s existing environment.“It is great to manage our entire cluster storage via a singleconsole,” said Verm. “It frees our administrators to work oncreating additional customer value.”About PanasasPanasas, Inc., the leader in high-performance scale-out NAS storage solutions, enables enterprise customers to rapidly solvecomplex computing problems, speed innovation and bring new products to market faster. All Panasas solutions leverage thepatented PanFS™ storage operating system to deliver exceptional performance, scalability and manageability. PW-10-21100 | Phone: 1-888-PANASAS | © 2010 Panasas Incorporated. All rights reserved. Panasas is a trademark of Panasas, Inc. in the United States and other countries.