Huawei and the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), a major producer of oil and gas from the offshore areas of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, today jointly announced that ADMA-OPCO’s cloud ready data centre is now fully operational at the Huawei Global Energy Summit 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The cloud ready data centre is expected to help ADMA-OPCO address the needs of long-distance transmission and processing of a massive volume of data during offshore oil exploration and production. The cloud ready data centre will also enhance the security of critical business data and applications for ADMA-OPCO.
As one of the largest offshore oil and gas companies in the Gulf region, ADMA-OPCO is responsible for the production and exploration of a number of offshore oilfields in Abu Dhabi, producing several hundred thousands of barrels of oil per day. With the expansion of their businesses, ADMA-OPCO plans to upgrade its three data centres into a future-oriented cloud data centre by integrating existing IT systems, so as to improve IT resource utilisation and service response capability. This would allow ADMA-OPCO to cope with the rapid growth of data volumes and reduce the operating costs of data centres.
Huawei has facilitated ADMA-OPCO to construct a cloud data centre based on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) standards, which integrates the core architectures of data centre management to implement a centralised management of both cloud and non-cloud data centres. The Cloud Ready Data Centre features centralised IT resources, as well as collaborative management of blade servers, and storage and network equipment, realising automatic provisioning of computing resources and scalable cloud data services required to support future-proof smooth capacity expansion. As a security mechanism, geographic disaster redundancy between two sites 200 km apart is implemented to ensure zero loss of key data generated by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Oracle, and email systems.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Dr. Alaeddin Al-Badawna, ADMA-OPCO’s Chief Information Officer, said: “The Cloud Ready Data Centre we built with Huawei supports seamless integration with our existing infrastructure, which maximises our IT operation efficiency, optimises IT resource management, and boosts IT resource utilisation. We are expected to see a 30% drop in the operation and maintenance (O&M) costs of the data centre. Virtualisation-based cloud computing can ensure high service continuity and greatly facilitate our business expansion. In addition, Huawei’s geographic disaster redundancy technology provides enhanced security for our key business data and applications.”
He Tao, President of Huawei Middle East Enterprise Business Dept, said: “Huawei has worked closely with ADMA-OPCO’s to clearly understand their requirements and provide an end-to-end overall cloud data centre solution to build a simplified, open, and elastic data centre for ADMA-OPCO. This Cloud Ready Data Centre will support more flexible services and applications, helping ADMA-OPCO excel in the fierce market competition. The commercial rollout of this Cloud Ready Data Centre is a testament to Huawei’s understanding of the specific needs of this particular business and positions Huawei as a leader among data centre solution providers for global high-end oil and gas customers, as well as accelerate Huawei’s technological influence in this area and more.”