LONDON, September 11 /PRNewswire/ --

- Geophysicists Enjoy Faster Results and Improved IT Center Manageability

Panasas, Inc., the global leader in parallel storage solutions, today announced that, through the deployment of a Panasas AS3000 parallel storage solution, Geofizyka Krakow is completing seismic processing jobs up to six times faster. This performance boost positively impacts its geophysicists' productivity by providing faster results and the opportunity to run more job iterations for improved imaging results. Ultimately the deployment of Panasas parallel storage also benefits Geofizyka Krakow's Oil and Gas customers' exploration efforts by providing faster project turnaround with high-quality results that will help them locate energy reserves faster.

Geofizyka Krakow, part of the Polish Oil & Gas Company (PGNiG), helps major energy exploration and production companies successfully explore hydrocarbon and geothermal water deposits, as well as monitor natural resource reservoirs throughout the world. Established in 1956, it specialises in seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation, well logging and vertical seismic processing (VSP) services from its headquarters in Krakow, Poland. The company's field seismic crews regularly transfer large quantities of seismic survey data to its IT Center. The data files can be tens or hundreds of GBs (Gigabytes) in size. From there, various seismic processing software algorithms, using WesternGeco's OMEGA SPS application, are applied in order to form a resulting image file that represents geological layers and structures. The data is then interpreted by the company's geophysicists to help its customers locate new oil and gas reserves or to maximise production from existing wells.

"Before we deployed the Panasas AS3000, I regularly received calls from our geophysicists because they were frustrated with waiting for the results of seismic processing jobs," said Leszek Boryczko, computer systems manager at Geofizyka Krakow. "We ran several independent seismic processing jobs simultaneously and we found that a single I/O intensive job negatively affected all jobs competing for the same storage array. Our previous storage solution was comprised of two independent NFS-based, NAS solutions that quickly became an I/O bottleneck. It became clear that we needed a storage solution that could handle our diverse workload yet retain management simplicity. Since deploying the Panasas AS3000 parallel storage solution I've found our overall IT workflow to be much more manageable. Furthermore, our geophysicists are no longer frustrated as they are experiencing a much quicker turnaround on their seismic processing jobs."

The Panasas parallel storage solution is based on the patented object-based PanFS(TM) parallel file system that enables customers to maximise application and workflow performance, while reducing the total cost of ownership in the storage infrastructure. A single global namespace dramatically simplifies storage management to improve IT productivity and the ability to perform more work. By offering Oil & Gas users a unified storage solution for seismic processing, reservoir modeling, and seismic interpretation applications, as well as primary and secondary storage solutions, Panasas parallel storage is unique in the industry for its ability to streamline overall workflow processes and improve data availability.

"Oil & gas customers across the globe are turning to parallel storage solutions to solve the increasing workflow bottleneck posed by NFS-based storage solutions," said Derek Burke, international marketing director at Panasas Inc. "Panasas is the only production-ready parallel storage solution that offers commercial organisations the performance and the simplicity of management required to gain a competitive edge through improved IT performance. That's why Panasas is the leading storage supplier to the Oil & Gas industry and is currently deployed at oil and gas companies in 30 countries across six continents."

About Panasas

Panasas, Inc., the global leader in parallel storage solutions, helps commercial, government and academic organisations accelerate their time to results leading to real world breakthroughs that improve people's lives. Panasas' high-performance storage systems enable customers to maximise the benefits of Linux clusters by eliminating the storage bottleneck created by legacy network storage technologies. The Panasas(R) ActiveStor Parallel Storage Clusters, in conjunction with the ActiveScale(R) Operating Environment and PanFS(TM) parallel file system, offer the most comprehensive portfolio of storage solutions for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. Panasas is headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, please visit

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