Enigma Data Solutions tests new geotechnical archiving solution

Enigma Data Solutions has successfully tested its geotechnical archiving solution, PARS, with NetApp's NearStore(r) Virtual Tape Library (VTL) appliances.

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HOUSTON -- Enigma Data Solutions has successfully tested its geotechnical archiving solution, PARS, with NetApp's NearStore(r) Virtual Tape Library (VTL) appliances.

Enigma collaborated with NetApp to test the company's PARS and IDS products with the VTL at Enigma's testing facility in Houston. The test results demonstrated the successful archiving of data from "Geo-Technical projects" involving major oil and gas software applications such as LandMark's SeisWorks, OpenWorks and CDA, Schlumberger's GeoFrame.

Until now, a typical archiving system would archive two copies of data to tape media. One copy would remain at the client site, while the other copy would be taken off-site to a long term "salt mine" storage facility. NetApp's VTL appliance mimics tape-based systems, saving space and eliminating the need to maintain and operate a robotic automated tape storage facility on-site.

The fast local VTL appliance can be mirrored at a purpose built, off-site tape storage facility for long term storage. Additionally, the VTL provides high-performance disk compression and de-duping capabilities.

Enigma's Intelligent Data Store (IDS) adds an additional "virtual tape" layer for its Geotechnical customer base for the storage of record-orientated seismic data in industry standard format tape images (SEGA,B,C,D and SEGY) to NetApp's VTL appliance. The VTL can be configured to match the different tape sizes used in industry, allowing images of the original tapes to be kept in the same format without the need for any additional encapsulation layers. This data can be delivered to the customer's applications as if it were on the original tape via IDS's virtual tape drives.

"NetApp's VTL allows seismic data formatted tapes to be stored on disk and accessed easily - as if they were on a very fast physical tape," says Tim Bowler, VP of Americas, Enigma Data Solutions. "By combining the VTL with Enigma's I/O layer (IDS) and a small tape library, we provide an independent and cost effective information lifecycle management solution from archiving and tape management to the creation of secure tape copies of geotechnical data and projects for deep archive purposes."

04/14/2008

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