NICE Software had seen strong adoption by oil & gas for computing applications, as its software allows petroleum engineers to reduce submission time, track runtime, and efficiently manage large data-sets associated with daily uploads. However, within this industry, a considerable amount of time was being spent waiting for large data sets containing geophysical, seismic, and other types of data to be collected and exchanged.
“A client of ours was experiencing problems when submitting jobs from Perth, Australia to Houston, Texas,” said Antonio Arena, Solutions Architect at NICE Software. “The data sets can vary in size from 2 GB to 5 GB. Engineers had to transfer the files to Houston using Windows Explorer, submit them to the cluster, and then copy back the results.” Furthermore, network conditions often added complexities and bottlenecks to file transfer tasks, causing many failed and unreliable transfers when sending crucial data.