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Petrobras Mobile Data Centers

2013/7/25 16:14:23


Petrobras Distribuidora, a subsidiary of Petroleo Brasileiro SA markets and distributes throughout Brazil the petroleum products produced by its parent company. Petrobras delivers gas to about 7,000 service stations, which comprises the largest single network of stations in Brazil. The company also has more than 10,000 large customers in a variety of industries, power plants, airlines, and fleets of light and heavy vehicles. Today, Petrobras centralizes all its applications in a data center with high-end storage, data replication, and security. Huawei delivered complete containerized data centers that can be quickly deployed and re-deployed, while being managed and monitored from a central facility.


The centralized data center approach has advantages related to control and simplicity but, in the environment faced by Petrobras, it also presented significant problems. These problems related to the cost of high-speed remote data communication lines and the overall response time needed by its customers. After looking at a range of solutions, the company decided to keep mission-critical applications centralized in the data center while decentralizing non-mission-critical applications, based on the best cost/benefit for each environment. The best way to implement this strategy was to deploy mobile data centers close to end users. In most cases, end-customers are located in refineries, where data centers need to be mobile in case of accidents. Because of the physical environment related to the locations, Petrobras developed rigorous standards regarding data center construction and use.


Huawei provided a containerized data center that:

  • Supported Petrobras data center standards
  • Modules included an internal Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and a power generator. These provided the mobility requested by Petrobras
  • Low data center construction costs made the decentralization project viable

All data center modules include a fire-fighting system, monitoring system, precision air cooling, UPS and batteries, video cameras, access control, and other elements. The systems can be installed in a unified manner and be monitored by Petrobras at a central monitoring station.


Petrobras is now able to decentralize non-mission-critical applications in cost-effective and flexible containerized data centers, while leaving mission-critical applications running in a replicated and non-stop environment. Running applications in the correct environment saves Petrobras money and focuses attention on mission-critical applications.

The containerized level-3 data centers met Petrobras data center standards and provided the necessary mobility and security. In addition, because of the high energy efficiency: Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of the containerized data center is less than 1.25, which saves 40 percent on electricity costs. Based on the success of the initial installation, Petrobras is ready to replicate the same solution in other refineries.

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