Data Centers in Oil & Gas – Thematic Research

Data management has become an important theme in the oil and gas industry as the volumes of data generated by the industry have increased significantly, thus driving the demand for high-performance data storage and processing solutions. The upstream sector, in particular, is contributing to the bulk of the data generated from oil and gas processes. In order to facilitate superior warehousing and mining of this operational data, companies are leveraging the advantages of data centers and high-performance computing systems. Sensors and connected devices that form the Industrial Internet ecosystem are triggering a massive data deluge from oil and gas operations. Data centers provide the ideal platform to accumulate this data and apply big data analytics to monitor real-time performance and predict equipment malfunction.

Scope

Overview of the emergence of data center as a theme in the oil and gas industry and its impact on operations

Detailed analysis of the emerging use cases for data centers across the oil and gas value chain

A brief overview of the major application areas for data centers in the oil and gas industry

Analysis of the data center industry along with its trends across different industry verticals

Reasons to buy

Understand the importance of adopting data center in oil and gas operations

Identify the key applications and trends for the data center theme

A review of some of the case studies highlighting the growing capabilities of data centers in addressing business challenges across the oil and gas value chain

Identify and benchmark key oil and gas companies and technology providers based on their exposure to data center theme

Table of Contents

IMPACT OF DATA CENTERS ON THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY 4

Data center offers solutions to big data management… 4

…and plays a big role in disaster recovery and redundancy 4

Cloud-based data center is the next big thing 4

Energy efficiency of data centers is the big challenge 5

Case studies 6

Eni’s Green Data Center ensures the highest level of data reliability for seismic imaging 6

BP data center helps discover hydrocarbons in the Atlantis field 7

Sinopec applies cutting-edge technology to achieve energy efficiency in data center 8

PLAYERS 9

TRENDS 10

Oil & gas trends 10

Industry growth drivers 11

Hardware trends 14

Software trends 17

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS 18

The Internet of Things, the cloud and AI are driving growth in the data center industry 18

The mobile revolution is spreading all the way up to the data center 19

Optimising latency is the biggest challenge facing hyperscale data centers 19

The fireworks are largely at the software level… 20

Software defined networking (SDN) could turn the networking industry upside down 20

Winners and Losers 21

Timeline 21

VALUE CHAIN 23

Semiconductors 24

Servers and storage 26

Networking equipment 28

Software 31

Data center operators 32

COMPANIES 33

Oil & gas companies 33

Technology companies 35

TECHNOLOGY BRIEFING 39

A brief history of networking 39

The OSI Model 41

GLOSSARY 44

APPENDIX: OUR “THEMATIC” RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 47

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