Huawei and the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), a major producer of oil and gas from the offshore areas of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, jointly announced at the Huawei Global Energy Summit that ADMA-OPCO’s Cloud Ready Data Center is now fully operational.

The Cloud Ready Data Center is expected to help ADMA-OPCO address the needs of long-distance transmission and processing of a massive volume of data during offshore oil exploration and production. The Cloud Ready Data Center will also enhance the security of critical business data and applications for ADMA-OPCO.

As one of the largest offshore oil and gas companies in the Gulf region, ADMA-OPCO is responsible for the production and exploration of a number of offshore oilfields in Abu Dhabi, producing several hundred thousand barrels of oil per day. With the expansion of their businesses, ADMA-OPCO plans to upgrade its three data centers into a future-oriented cloud data center by integrating existing IT systems, so as to improve IT resource utilization and service response capabilities. This would allow ADMA-OPCO to cope with the rapid growth of data volumes and reduce the operating costs of data centers.

Huawei has facilitated ADMA-OPCO to construct a cloud data center based on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) standards, which integrates the core architectures of data center management to implement a centralized management of both cloud and non-cloud data centers. The Cloud Ready Data Center features centralized IT resources, as well as collaborative management of blade servers, and storage and network equipment, realizing automatic provisioning of computing resources and scalable cloud data services required to support future-proof smooth capacity expansion. As a security mechanism, geographic disaster redundancy between two sites 200 km apart has been implemented to ensure zero loss of key data generated by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Oracle, and email systems.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Dr. Alaeddin Al-Badawna, ADMA-OPCO’s Chief Information Officer, said, “The Cloud Ready Data Center we built with Huawei supports seamless integration with our existing infrastructure, which maximizes our IT operation efficiency, optimizes IT resource management, and boosts IT resource utilization. We expect to see a 30% drop in the operation and maintenance (O&M) costs of the data center.

“Virtualization-based cloud computing can ensure high service continuity and greatly facilitate our business expansion. In addition, Huawei’s geographic disaster redundancy technology provides enhanced security for our key business data and applications,” he continued.

He Tao, President of Huawei Middle East Enterprise Business Department said, “Huawei has worked closely with ADMA-OPCO to clearly understand their requirements and provide an end-to-end overall cloud data center solution to build a simplified, open, and elastic data center for ADMA-OPCO. This Cloud Ready Data Center will support more flexible services and applications, helping ADMA-OPCO excel amidst fierce market competition.

“The commercial rollout of this Cloud Ready Data Center is a testament to Huawei’s understanding of the specific needs of this particular business and positions Huawei as a leader among data center solution providers for global high-end oil and gas customers, as well as accelerate Huawei’s technological influence in this area and more.”

Since 2002, Huawei has started to provide data center integration services and solutions for customers. The company has over 14 years of experience in research and development, delivery, and the operations and maintenance of data center solutions. Innovative architectures and solutions developed by Huawei include distributed cloud data center (DC²) architecture, private cloud data centers, public cloud data centers, service continuity and disaster redundancy, data center management solution ManageOne, and data center consolidation and migration. As of August 2016, Huawei has helped global customers in various industries deploy more than two million virtual machines and 830 data centers, including 420 cloud data centers.