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PetroChina Extracts Maximum Value from Big Data Using EMC Isilon

World Leader in Oil and Gas Industry Deploys Isilon Scale-Out NAS to Power its Northwest Research Institute for Petroleum Exploration and Development, Simplifying Big Data Management and Accelerating Productivity

SEATTLE, WA, June 7, 2011 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that PetroChina, the publicly-traded arm of China National Petroleum Corporation has deployed EMC® Isilon®scale-out NAS to power the Northwest branch of its Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development (PetroChina NWGI). Using Isilon's X-Series, powered by the OneFS® operating system, PetroChina NWGI has consolidated a range of oil and gas exploration, acquisition and distribution applications on a single, shared storage resource, simplifying big data management for its mission-critical operations. With Isilon, PetroChina NWGI can scale performance and capacity linearly or independently as business needs change, ensuring maximum flexibility in meeting the massive scale and throughput demands of its big data IT infrastructure.

PetroChina NWGI executes a range of geological and geophysical research and development throughout China, focused on identifying, extracting, producing and distributing oil and gas resources around the world. Prior to Isilon, PetroChina NWGI's traditional storage systems couldn't keep pace with the organization's exponential data growth and intense performance demands, slowing workflow productivity and escalating operating costs.

By deploying Isilon scale-out NAS, PetroChina NWGI has consolidated a variety of mission-critical applications on a single file system and point of management, streamlining big data management to accelerate time-to-discovery in oil and gas exploration. Using Isilon, PetroChina NWGI can provide its scientists with immediate, highly concurrent access to seismic data and applications, improving collaboration and operating efficiency.

"PetroChina is already leveraging the rapid growth of big data being generated by advances in oil and gas exploration technology to identify and extract new sources of oil and natural gas," said Sam Grocott, vice president of marketing, EMC Isilon. "Now, by using Isilon scale-out NAS to manage its big data growth and accelerate time-to-discovery in oil and gas exploration, PetroChina is leading the way to better energy practices worldwide."

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