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Oilfield Cloud Boosts Efficiency and Security

18/11/2016 00:00:00

Background

Dagang Oilfield Company is headquartered in Binhai New District, Tianjin. It is an important part of the Bohai economic circle, strategically located for natural resources and convenient access to all modes of transportation. Dagang’s exploration area is estimated to contain 2.056 billion tons of oil reserves and 380 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves. The annual production of crude oil and natural gas in Dagang Oilfield is 4.8 million tons and 300 million cubic meters, respectively. The company now has about 12,500 employees, and total assets exceed USD $2.56 billion.
Dagang Oilfield Company aims to integrate information processing and production management for oil and natural gas, as well as promote scientific development in all of their service areas. The company is in the process of transforming to intelligent operations through technologies for digital oilfield, office, and mining. This involves developing a unified information platform covering R&D, production, operation, decision-making, and mining area services.
Since 2008, the company has led the oil industry in IT development by investing over USD $15.6 million annually into modernization, including desktop cloud research. The company has conducted several discussions with leading technology companies in the energy industry and performed a series of proof-of-concept tests. The plan was to eventually provide 16,000 cloud-enabled desktops.

Challenges

Dagang Oilfield Company had been using traditional “fat client” PCs for providing comprehensive functions. In most cases, PCs were good choices when taking price, performance, and function into consideration; however, for intelligent application services, PCs had the following disadvantages and inefficiencies:
  • Poor data security: Data stored on local PCs was prone to leakage. Users could connect peripheral devices or install non-standard software on PCs, creating security vulnerabilities and risks of network attacks.
  • Complicated O&M and high costs: PC power consumption was high, but the resource utilization rate was low. Testing and verifying PC configurations was time consuming. In addition, support personnel needed to solve problems on site, which further increased costs.
 

Solution

Huawei’s Desktop Cloud Solution integrates hardware, software, and services and ensures optimum overall performance, providing the best service experience for Dagang Oilfield Company. The end-to-end solution built on Huawei’s S5500T OceanStor converged cloud architecture includes cloud terminals, servers, networks, storage, security, virtualization, a cloud management platform, and service software.
The company now has a cloud data center in which the S5500T serves as the core storage device of the desktop cloud system, with centralized storage infrastructure in virtualization platform services. By using multiple S5500Ts, Huawei deployed 1,800 desktops in the first phase and 1,370 desktops in the second phase.
High security and reliability are the main advantages of Huawei’s desktop cloud project. End-to-end security protection is provided for terminals, access control, network, data, cloud platform, and O&M. The solution builds a solid information security system featuring “Cloud-Pipe-Device” to ensure the highest desktop security for all assets.
In addition, Huawei’s global professional services team, along with partners, coordinated delivery of resources and data center integration services. This enabled quick deployment by providing the company with planning, design, implementation, and training.

Benefits

The Huawei Desktop Cloud Solution protects all of the company’s intellectual property, including servers, storage, networks, platforms, terminals, and data:
  • A cloud data center now enhances security with centralized data storage rather than locally on PCs, protecting the company’s core assets and eliminating information leakage caused by PC security attacks.
  • Compared with conventional PCs, the Huawei Desktop Cloud Solution reduced investment of fixed assets by 40%, lowered electricity consumption by 73%, and improved CPU utilization from 5% to 60%. The office device deployment cycle was shortened from three months to less than a week. This also reduced the required number of IT maintenance engineers and improved maintenance efficiency.
  • The solution contributes to the creation of a green, energy-saving working environment. Now, with less noise than PCs, power consumption of a thin client is less than 8W, and the end-to-end power consumption is only 35W, which is far less than the 200W power consumption of a traditional PC.

“After the test, we all agree that Huawei provides first-class technologies and O&M capabilities. The Huawei Desktop Cloud Solution reduces investments and O&M costs, tremendously enhances information security, and facilitates mobile offices.”
— Information development office, Dagang Oilfield Company

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