Network Appliance deal heralds SeisLink - 'open systems' seismic data management

GeoQuest has extended its agreement with network storage provider NetApp. The two companies are working on SeisLink -  described as "open systems" software for the seismic data lifecycle.

GeoQuest, and hardware supplier Network Appliance (NetApp) have signed a worldwide reseller and support services agreement for NetApp’s "Filer" hardware. The  deal lets GeoQuest bundle NetApp Filers with GeoQuest solutions in a single-source offering. The NetApp Filer is a network-attached storage solution and is said to simplify data administration, backup, and downloading and to increase efficiency through dedicated server support for terabyte datasets. "Because E&P companies spend billions of dollars annually on seismic data, they need a cost-effective solution to leverage that investment," said Brad Youmans, GeoQuest VP of seismic data management solutions.


"NetApp Filers, a proven component of our seismic data management solution, provide that leverage." NetApp is also to provide technical advisors to GeoQuest for its SeisLink "open systems" software to manage the seismic data life cycle. Mark Santora, NetApp’s senior VP, marketing added "Innovative applications supported by GeoQuest define how E&P companies locate fossil fuels.


How these new technologies are deployed depends entirely upon the infrastructure that will support them and this is where we excel. The integration of GeoQuest’s software applications with our Filer and NetCache solutions will secure and streamline the seismic work-flow." NetApp’s clients include Lycos, Yahoo, Citicorp Securities, Siemens, Lockheed, Cisco, Motorola and Texas Instruments. NetApp’s Internet caching solutions and file servers deliver fast, simple, reliable and cost-effective access to network-stored data and enable simultaneous shared file services for UNIX, Windows NT and the web.


The company pioneered the concept of the "network appliance," an extension of the industry trend toward dedicated, specialized products that perform a single function. Network Appliance filers and NetCache appliances are based on the dedicated data access operating system "Data  ONTAP." More on NetApp in the PDM interview below.

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