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Scale Computing Expands its Hyperconverged Solution in the Oil and Gas, Energy Sectors

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, announces a growing presence within the oil and gas field, and the energy provider sector. Using Scale Computing HC3, Echo Energy, CKenergy Electric Cooperative and Telford Offshore have overcome the unique challenges faced by their existing systems.  

London-based Echo Energy, a gas exploration and mining company with assets in Latin America, was spending valuable time managing its legacy IT system, which needed updating due to anticipated growth and expansion. Using Scale Computing HC3, the company was able to migrate its mission-critical applications from a single server with iSCSI storage to a set of individual virtual application servers, specifically configured for each department-with each server benefitting from cross-departmental shared storage and enhanced backup and recovery options.   

Chris Selby, IT director, Echo Energy explained: "Thanks to Scale Computing HC3 self-healing technology, easy-to-configure snapshot replication, and high availability functionality, we have decreased the time spent recovering from a hardware failure running a critical workload by about 97 percent." 

CKenergy Electric Cooperative in Oklahoma provides reliable, sustainable and affordable energy at a local and community level. When the IT infrastructure needed updating and their legacy hypervisor license was due for renewal, the staff turned to Scale Computing. With three people staffing the IT team, Scale Computing HC3 provided a cost-effective way to maintain high IT system availability and delivered a simple, straightforward way to manage the company's virtual computing environment, reducing the time IT staff spend on managing infrastructure by as much as 49 percent. 

Justin Miles, IT systems analyst, CKenergy Electric Cooperative, comments: "Scale Computing HC3 platform has made management and configuration of our VMs vastly more efficient. The web browser, in particular, is just what we needed and has dramatically increased the speed with which we can create new VM instances." 

Through a series of acquisitions, Telford Offshore, a Dubai-based company that provides large-scale seafaring vessels to support the offshore oil and gas extraction industry, inherited a cumbersome and difficult-to-manage IT system. As a result, the IT system needed replacing with a rationalized and easy-to-use solution better suited to serve the business while keeping the company agile and responsive to customer needs. The new solution would also ideally have a remote management capability so that mission-critical systems could be maintained, even when out at sea for extended periods.  

Wouter Lustig, IT manager at Telford Offshore explains, "Scale Computing HC3 was a natural fit. The solution was designed with simplicity, scalability, and availability at its core, and these three aspects matched the business' requirements perfectly. It pairs greatly with our added services and complements our expertise in managing a hyperconverged infrastructure. The HC3 also met our requirement for remote management functionality-allowing us to service and maintain the infrastructure even when our vessels are in the middle of an ocean."

Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder, Scale Computing, concludes: "Unlike legacy solutions, Scale Computing takes advantage of the efficient, hypervisor-embedded HC3 platform to free up RAM and CPU for running workloads. This dramatically lowers the hardware and software footprint needed to provide high availability to edge workloads, and makes it the ideal choice for the oil and gas sector and the energy production industry." 

As the latest addition to the Scale Computing HC3 family, the HE500 series fits in with the oil and gas extraction industry and the energy provider sector where space is often at a premium and IT team resources are not always available in remote locations. 

Published Friday, July 26, 2019 8:39 AM by David Marshall
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