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The information technology departments of energy companies have borne their share of these cost containment activities. Companies such as Shell have turned their IT organisations into profit centers, while others such as BP have opted for outsourcing these functions. But whatever the IT strategy employed, oil and gas and utility companies have come to realise the data tied up in their ERP and other operational systems is a corporate asset, and data warehousing is the IT infrastructure that enables this asset to become a competitive advantage.

Energy Data Storage 2010 forms a platform for the energy sector as a whole to discuss and compare their unique digital data storage needs. It will also incorporate associated issues surrounding business continuity and information security and how these all form a part of consolidating your data storage strategy.
 

data storage
Big themes:
  • STORAGE AND THE ENERGY INDUSTRY
  • DISASTER RECOVERY AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY
  • INFORMATION SECURITY
  • STORAGE NETWORKS AND ARCHITECTURE
  • DATA DELIVERY / KEEPING UP WITH USER DEMAND

 

Topic highlights:
  • Consolidating your business’ storage strategy and new ways of looking at backup technologies
  • Investing in a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy
  • Optimising solutions for security related concerns
  • Cloud-based storage
  • Data management and storage in smart metering and smart grids
  • Data protection and the legal implications of digital data storage
  • Issues surrounding energy data documentation, standards and storage
  • Challenges in building and managing large archives
Alternative Energy Data
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • IT Director/Manager
  • Technical Director/Manager
  • Database Manager
  • Database Administrator
  • Knowledge Director/Manager
  • Operations Director/Manager

 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Duncan Sedgwick

Duncan Sedgwick Associate, Engage Consulting (former Customer Services Director of E.ON UK and former CEO of the Energy Retailers Association)

9:10 STORAGE NEEDS OF THE ENERGY INDUSTRY, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Ugur Algan

Ugur Algan Director, Volantice

  • How the storage needs and technology have evolved over the past forty years
  • Storage in context: The workflows and processes that contribute to storage demand (seismic, well data, production data)
  • Anticipated future drivers and needs
  • Search requirements - what users want: We can store information, but can we find it back?
  • Storage maintenance: refreshing stored data
  • Evolving business models for provision of digital storage
  • 9:50 ISSUES SURROUNDING ENERGY DATA DOCUMENTATION, STANDARDS, AND STORAGE

    Neil Brown

    Neil Brown Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development

  • Data storage issues surrounding energy data
  • Topical issues surrounding data documentation
  • The need for standards in energy data
  • The benefits of using 'lossy compression' for historical energy data over downsampling
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 DELIVERING SIMPLICITY AND SCALE

    Andy McDonald

    Andy McDonald UK Regional Territory Manager, Isilon Systems

  • Large scale performance and capacity for exploration data and seismic processing
  • Eliminates the complexity and cost of operation of large scale storage environments
  • Enables knowledge workers to collaborate across international boundaries
  • 11:40 MAKING YOUR UPSTREAM STORAGE MANAGEMENT SMART!

    Sajjad Hussain Khazipura

    Sajjad Hussain Khazipura Chief Architect and GM, Platform Engineering, Wipro

  • The storage maze in the Petro Landscape – Challenges in Upstream Storage
  • Relevance of Secured Cloud Storage for Upstream data
  • Addressing the Upstream storage challenge with an innovative Business Centric Approach
  • Intelligent custom-built engineering blocks essential for optimal utilization of Upstream Storage
  • Delivering “Upstream storage as a Service” which overlies existing storage investments
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 HUGE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE GAIN BY ACCELERATING DATA ACQUISITION IN SEISMIC APPLICATIONS

    John Bell

    John Bell Director Oil & Gas Vertical Market (EMEA), EMC Europe

  • Multi path file sharing
  • Seismic data collaboration made easy
  • De-dupe, back up & disaster recovery in an upstream environment
  • 14:30 DATA PROTECTION - THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF DIGITAL DATA STORAGE

    Rosanna Cooper

    Rosanna Cooper Global Head, RT Coopers

  • Lawful processing of data
  • Compliance with the eight data protection principles
  • Responsibility of data controller
  • Responsibility of data processor
  • Data protection audits and due diligence
  • 15:40 DATA MANAGEMENT AND STORAGE IN SMART METERING AND SMART GRIDS

    Alastair Manson

    Alastair Manson Senior Consultant, Engage Consulting

  • Who wants, or needs, to manage smart metering data?
  • Will it be a trickle, a stream or a raging river of data?
  • What might the smart grid add?
  • The presentation will consider some key data management and storage assumptions, and illustrate how changing Supplier or Network requirements can have a significant impact
  • It will consider the options for central services or distributed databases
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    17:10 Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    John Peters

    John Peters Managing Director, Engage Consulting

    9:10 SMART SYSTEMS: HIGH PERFORMANCE AND MASS DEPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE!

    Ian Campbell

    Ian Campbell Business Development Director UK & Ireland, ESNA

  • Scalability of smart meter and smart grid systems – The UK Challenge!
  • Processing the daily data ( 15 min load profiles) for 5 Million meters - 24GB of data per day
  • IT architecture considerations for the UK Smart Metering Roll-Out
  • 9:50 USING CAPACITY ON DEMAND MODELS TO MAXIMISE IT ROI

    Simon Mitchell

    Simon Mitchell Territory Sales Manager - Northern & Central Europe, Spectra Logic

  • The challenges in evaluating the costs associated with storage management implementations
  • An analysis of the cost components
  • Trends in cost reduction and the key drivers of cost
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 HIGH-PERFORMANCE, SCALE OUT DATA STORAGE FOR RESERVOIR SIMULATION & SEISMIC PROCESSING

    Derek Burke

    Derek Burke Channel Sales Director, EMEA, Panasas

  • Managing demanding E&P data workflows
  • Increasing processing & simulation application performance
  • Providing a global file-system namespace for ease-of-administration
  • 11:40 DATA STORAGE AND MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY TRENDS IN UPSTREAM TECHNICAL COMPUTING

    Peter Ferri

    Peter Ferri Global Energy Industry Director, NetApp

  • Addressing challenges for next generation high-performance visualization and modeling
  • Moving towards advanced disk-based project archiving  for complex E&P data  environments
  • Enabling the Cloud for petro-technical workflows
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 UPSTREAM INTERNATIONAL DATA EXCHANGE FORMATS ON TAPE AND DISK

    Jill Lewis

    Jill Lewis Chair, Technical Standards Committee, SEG and MD Troika International, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

  • Tape or disk what are the advantages
  • Data organisation on tape, encapsulation or native
  • Quality flags and automation
  • SEG technical section, "Best practices in geophysical data management"
  • 14:20 CHALLENGES IN BUILDING AND MANAGING LARGE ARCHIVES

    Fernando Moreira

    Fernando Moreira VP Product Marketing, Quotium

  • Mass storage technology choices and trends
  • The long term preservation issues
  • Security concerns in distributed archives
  • 15:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    15:10 Close of Conference Followed by Afternoon Tea

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