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Connecting remote locations: The Oil & Gas Industry perspective

Connecting remote locations: The Oil & Gas Industry perspective
May 16, 2019

The cloud services scenario is changing day-by-day due to changes in technology and the way organizations are adopting cloud computing. Talking about the past, cloud services were treated as a risky and unstable solution, which were not meant for the critical functions of any business. However, in the last few years, cloud services have gained maturity and transformed themselves to enhance their acceptability in the eyes of organizations. According to studies conducted by leading market intelligence firms, organizations worldwide are likely to move 50% of their applications hosted on the public cloud either to a non-cloud environment or to a private cloud in two years. Moreover, by the year 2020, 90% organizations would adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities.

By 2020, 90% organizations would adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities.

Hybrid cloud offers a computing environment that provides the benefits of both public cloud and private cloud. As demand fluctuates, the hybrid cloud also provides the seamless ability to the business drivers with effective data protection and security. For connected and distributed locations, latency is the biggest enemy and critical concern for downtime and operational costs. A little lag can hamper the overall productivity of applications, services and the data hosted in edge computing locations. Apart from latency, reducing costs and optimizing performance while meeting business objectives are the other milestones.

Hybrid cloud leverages edge computing solutions for remote locations with limited network connectivity. Organizations can address challenges by utilizing application running on the hybrid cloud. This would help them address business requirements all the time. Edge computing technology enables organizations to retain and process data at the edge of the network without internet connectivity. As soon as data center devices are connected to the internet, data will start uploading to the cloud or the main data center. Hybrid cloud creates a seamless and effective solution while taking advantage of the cloud as needed. This is how such cloud services address connectivity issues over a geographical location.

Hybrid cloud solutions integrate software with a cloud for all the functions, which is useful for the data-intensive oil and gas industry. The industry can get the benefit by leveraging cloud computing for powerful processing between multiple locations across the globe. The oil and gas industry operates in remote onshore and offshore environments where telecommunication infrastructures are usually As locations change constantly, and the site conditions are challenging, the use of land-based communications is not very reliable or practical. Therefore, the oil and gas industry relies on the productivity to prosper, and to achieve productivity goals, reliable telecommunications solutions are required for remote sites such as rigs, pipelines, and ships. Real or near real-time communications, therefore, are essential for smooth operations across distributed sites.

Hybrid cloud solutions integrate software with a cloud for all the functions, which is useful for the data-intensive oil and gas industry.

Cloud computing solutions with real-time connectivity options help reduce latency. The real or near real-time communications requirement is completely covered by edge computing solutions through hybrid cloud computing. Edge computing models leveraging AI/ML and analytics with a data center in a box act like a private cloud protecting the secured data from external vulnerabilities. Such a private cloud like model provides real-time data processing at the edge of the network. Exploring the public cloud gives a cautious start for better data and insight gathering, faster and better decision-making, and a reduction in the time from exploration to production. On the other hand, hybrid cloud offers a positive business case through a significant reduction in the cost component for IT infrastructure and creates greater business value.

In a nutshell, hybrid cloud improves innovation, productivity, and delivers a secure, cost-effective, and control solution. Hybrid cloud services, thus, improve the speed and efficiency with which organizations deliver services tailored to meet customer satisfaction and business needs. Such a cloud computing model successfully enhances the visibility and collaboration across their ecosystems.