LONDON, ARMONK, New York, and RALEIGH, North Carolina – Schlumberger, IBM, and Red Hat have agreed to collaborate on accelerating the digital transformation across the oil and gas industry.
The joint initiative will provide global access to Schlumberger’s exploration and production (E&P) cloud-based environment and cognitive applications by leveraging IBM’s hybrid cloud technology, built on the Red Hat OpenShift container platform.
Collaborative development will initially focus on two key areas:
• Private, hybrid or multi-cloud deployment of the DELFI cognitive E&P environment enabled by Red Hat OpenShift to expand access for customers
• Delivering the first hybrid cloud implementation of the OSDU data platform (the open data platform for the industry).
Through the agreement with IBM and Red Hat, Schlumberger has committed to the exclusive use of Red Hat OpenShift. Using the container platform will enable the deployment of applications in the DELFI environment across any infrastructure, from traditional data centers to multiple clouds, including private and public. According to the company, this new way of hosting will offer the possibility to use multiple cloud providers and will address critical issues for customers, facilitating in-country deployments in compliance with local regulations and data residency requirements.
The DELFI environment incorporates data analytics and artificial intelligence, drawing upon multiple data sources, automating workflows, and facilitating seamless collaboration for domain teams.
Olivier Le Peuch, CEO of Schlumberger, said: “By expanding market access to the DELFI environment we take a major step forward on the journey to establishing the open and flexible digital environment our industry needs. Our collaboration with IBM and Red Hat complements our established digital partnerships to produce an industry-first solution to overcome our customers’ challenges. Together, we are enabling seamless access to a hybrid cloud platform in all countries across the globe for deployment in any basin, for any operator.”
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said: “The logic, purpose, and differentiation of all businesses can now be rendered in code, which is why digital innovation has become the most powerful way to drive transformation and hybrid cloud is the lever that unleashes it.”
Paul Cormier, president and CEO of Red Hat, said: “The energy industry is transforming as organizations look for efficient new ways to power their operations, adopt digital technologies to create a competitive advantage, and innovate and integrate workflows to make faster and better decisions. A hybrid cloud foundation built on open source offers the flexibility, acceleration and innovation this digital transformation requires.”
The companies intend to further their collaboration with the creation of a differentiated data management and operations solution for the OSDU data platform, enabling oil and gas operators to build, deploy, and transition digital solutions with hybrid-cloud data infrastructures. This will foster wider collaboration and greater efficiency across many professionals in the E&P value chain.