The 12 Terabyte capacity center uses PetroVision and an Ampex 812 tape robot. This houses up to 256 50GB DD-2 19mm helical scan tapes. Four drives allow for a theoretical aggregate maximum transfer rate of 60MB/sc. The facility is intended as a showcase for PECCs software and services which include turnkey data banking, on site remastering and archiving and offsite data storage with client site access via a PetroVision client.
Competitor GeoQuest have also announced the rollout of their PowerHouse data bank facility in Houston which will offer a High Density Media seismic library service for oil companies in the Houston area. The robotic system, developed in collaboration with Geco as part of BP Aberdeens outsourcing effort, is a StorageTek Powderhorn with 6 units of 6000 D2 and/or 3590 tapes. In this configuration, SeisDB runs atop of a Hierarchical Storage Manager (HSM) SAM FS from Large Storage Configuration. The service is being marketed along similar lines to PGS's GeoBank - whereby company's outsource the management of their tape library and the service company rationalizes multiple copies of the same survey, and manages access entitlements for participating companies.
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