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TGS is a leading global provider of non-exclusive seismic data and associated products to the oil and gas industry. Oil companies use this seismic data to explore and develop oil and gas deposits. TGS specializes in the planning, acquisition, processing, interpretation, and marketing of non-exclusive surveys worldwide. The company places a strong emphasis
on providing high quality seismic data and the highest level of service to the industry. To improve data reliability and time-to-solution, the TGS team is constantly evaluating emerging technologies in order to improve the speed and accuracy of results for their customers.

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TGS Imaging Accelerates Business-Critical Applications with Panasas Parallel Storage

  1. 1. Customer Success Story TGS Imaging“We are extremelypleased with the TGS Imagingperformance gains TGS is a leading global provider of non-exclusive seismic data andachieved by the associated products to the oil and gas industry. Oil companies use this seismic data to explore and develop oil and gas deposits. TGS specializesPanasas system.” in the planning, acquisition, processing, interpretation, and marketing ofTony Katz non-exclusive surveys worldwide. The company places a strong emphasisIT Manager at TGS on providing high quality seismic data and the highest level of service to the industry. To improve data reliability and time-to-solution, the TGS team is constantly evaluating emerging technologies in order to improve the speed and accuracy of results for their customers.SUMMARY The Challenge In short, TGS was looking for anIndustry:Oil and Gas In an effort to increase compute integrated storage solution that performance and reduce overall costs, combined a parallel clustered file system TGS transitioned from proprietary UNIX- with a cost-effective hardware designTHE CHALLENGE based servers to a more powerful and to provide a scalable high-performanceTo deliver fast and accurate seismic datato their global customers exploring and cost-effective Linux compute cluster. system that was easy to manage.developing oil and gas deposits. This While this improved the compute power Previously, the company was mountingcompany required a new storage system for TGS, the company struggled to find NFS to standard direct attached disksto maximize the compute power of their a way to store and retrieve data in a that would sit behind the nodes in theirLinux cluster. Their business-criticalrequirements included a solution that massively parallel fashion in order to cluster. This solution suffered fromwould seamlessly integrate into their take full advantage of the powerful new limited bandwidth performance, andinfrastructure and was cost effective in Linux cluster. “With our Linux cluster, difficulty in scaling data and the numberboth time and money. we were able to achieve exceptional of clients. When additional clients were compute power,” said Tony Katz, IT added, bandwidth suffered further. TheTHE SOLUTION company explored a Fibre Channel Manager at TGS. “But we needed a highGrew from 25 TB to 475 TB of performance storage system to maximize SAN solution, but while offering somePanasas® Storage. The fully integratedsoftware/hardware solution included the its capabilities.” TGS was interested in performance improvements, integrationPanasas Operating Environment and finding a solution that could seamlessly and system management proved toothe PanFS™ parallel file system with the integrate into their infrastructure and complex and costly.Panasas DirectFLOW® protocol. would be easy to manage. “Finding an integrated hardware and software The SolutionTHE RESULT solution is absolutely critical to our TGS selected Panasas® Storage becauseMaximized ROI of computing business,” Katz said. “We do not want it combined a distributed file system withenvironment with: to spend the extra time and money to intelligent hardware to deliver a high- • A 10X improvement in application integrate solutions in-house. We want performance, cost-effective, integrated performance something that works reliably out of the storage solution tailored for its Linux • Maintained balanced scaling by compute cluster. TGS’s cluster consists of box.” Finally, the system needed to be ensuring bandwidth increases as capacity is added cost-effective, allowing TGS to be more a large number of nodes that are allocated • Reduced costs with seamless competitive in an increasingly cost- on a continual basis in order to dedicate the integration into existing infrastructure conscious market. appropriate compute power to complete a and networks job. Behind the clusters are 475 terabytes 1-888-panasas www.panasas.com
  2. 2. Customer Success Story: TGS Imaging(TBs) of Panasas Storage. The distributed nature of the Panasas Finally, since Panasas Storage is built from industry standardarchitecture allows each of the nodes in the clusters to store and components and runs on a low-cost Gigabit Ethernet network,retrieve data in a massively parallel fashion. TGS has a system that provides them exceptional price- performance. “With other products, we were forced to makeTGS now has a system that can scale in capacity as well as trade-offs, but with the Panasas system, we were able toperformance in a single namespace. The system has the ability to get a complete package of everything we needed,” said Katz.handle hundreds of clients connected to a single system without “Plus the service and support we receive from Panasas issacrificing performance. While other solutions lose performance exceptional. We certainly see their technology and support aswhen they scale the number of clients or disks, Panasas Storage a key asset to our organization.”has the capability to actually increase performance and client scalewith system capacity. The ability to simultaneously scale capacity,clients AND throughput is a major breakthrough in storage system “With other products, we weretechnology. While the system still appears local to all of the nodesin the system, the storage network is consolidated into a single forced to make trade-offs, butseamless namespace. with the Panasas system, we were able to get a complete package ofThe Result everything we needed.”With Panasas Storage, TGS is now able to analyze seismic Tony Katzdata sets much faster. By delivering a complete SW/HW IT Manager at TGSstorage solution built on a parallel file system, PanasasStorage allows TGS to garner more than a 10X improvementin performance over their previous NFS solution. “We areextremely pleased with the performance gains achieved by thePanasas system,” said Katz. The Panasas system effectivelyscales both clients and storage to provide TGS ultimateflexibility in deploying resources necessary to managemultiple jobs. The complete solution from Panasas eliminatesintegration hassles and guarantees streamlined management,both today and in the future.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-10-20800 | Phone: 1-888-PANASAS | www.panasas.com © 2010 Panasas Incorporated. All rights reserved. Panasas is a trademark of Panasas, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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