Digital transformation elevates need for network performance
The Oil and Gas industry is in the midst of a major transition. New technologies have transformed the industry into a true digital enterprise. IoT sensors on platforms, digital twins and seismic models that send massive datasets for collaboration with geologists and other experts around the world to optimize logistics for crude processing and transport. The digital transformation that has been ongoing for years connecting key assets to networks to enable new levels of performance is accelerating the convergence IT and OT.
CIOs also need to understand the threat plane for every device and access point from HQ work teams to the most remote refineries and processing plants. This has transformed the role of the CIO. The CIO position has become more central in operations planning and execution.
Shorten time to diagnose and troubleshoot IT and OT issues
As IT environments become increasingly complex, network administrators face the challenge of diagnosing issues disrupting users from completing their transactions. When Oil and Gas organizations use multiple performance management tools, the lack of integration increases the time to correctly identify and resolve issues. Riverbed Unified NPM integrates multiple solutions—packet, flow and infrastructure—so that IT Ops spends less time collecting, integrating, and correlating data. As a result, IT Ops quickly pinpoints root cause and the most effective resolution.
Improve access to skilled experts, accelerate collaboration
Seismic imaging is a data intensive process involving intensive collaboration with engineering and geological expertise... Networks are often glacially slow in remote locations, hindering collaboration and impacting schedules. Riverbed’s Application Acceleration solutions help ensure fast, agile, and predictable delivery of applications – regardless of where applications are hosted or where end users reside. It accelerates app performance up to 10x by mitigating latency and reduces network bandwidth congestion up to 99%, improving productivity.
Detect network security threats
Managing aging infrastructure that is geographically dispersed presents unique challenges for the industry. Obsolete technologies make this infrastructure vulnerable to cyberattacks. The fidelity and scale of data gathered and analyzed by Riverbed Unified NPM aids security teams in detecting and addressing security threats such as malware, blacklisted sites, and data exfiltrations. Riverbed transforms network data into security intelligence, providing essential visibility and forensics for broad threat detection, investigation, and mitigation.
The need for network speed
Communications standards for rigs are extremely high—especially in ultra-deep water and harsh environments. If data stops flowing or IP phones stop working, the rig must shut down. That’s costly. Oil-and-gas operators pay upwards of $1 million a day to rent a rig. The answer here is Riverbed SteelConnect, which combines routing, SD-WAN, WAN optimization, next-gen firewall, and unified threat management—all in one device. Consolidating all the network services in one SteelConnect EX reduces on-premises WAN connectivity and security footprint by 90%.