GX Technology Chooses Avere Systems FXT Series to Optimize Performance of Storage Network

Adoption of FXT 2700 More than Doubles Application Throughput

Jun 29, 2010, 08:30 ET from Avere Systems

PITTSBURGH, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Avere Systems, the company setting new performance benchmarks in tiered NAS with its Demand-Driven Storage™ solutions, today announced that GX Technology (GXT), a leading provider of advanced seismic solutions to oil and gas companies worldwide, has chosen its FXT Series for its demonstrated ability to improve application response time and shorten project completion cycles.

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Houston-based GXT, a subsidiary of ION Geophysical Corporation, delivers a range of advanced seismic solutions for land and marine environments that provide its clients with high fidelity images which reduce the risks and costs of finding and producing hydrocarbons.  The company's image-driven approach and innovative technologies provide its clients with significantly greater value in their seismic data.  

In order to improve upon its existing storage infrastructure, GXT turned to Avere for its ability to separate data delivery from data management to better and more efficiently optimize performance and capacity of storage systems. With Avere, GXT has more than doubled its throughput for specific applications, allowing it to process 2.5 times more project workload. GXT uses six FXT 2700 appliances, each of which contains eight 64GB SLC Flash SSDs and supports an application working set of 512GB raw per appliance and up to 13TB raw per cluster to support 50 compute clusters.

"In an industry like ours, the ability to process and store massive amounts of geophysical data quickly and reliably is mission-critical," said Keith Ritchie, Manager of Information Technology at GXT.  "In order to reduce the risk and cost of finding and producing hydrocarbons, we need to ensure that our entire computing and data storage infrastructure is able to support the large amounts of information we collect and process across thousands of application servers.  Avere's ability to provide high performance, low latency and linear performance scaling through clustering enables us to achieve the tens of gigabytes per second of throughput that is paramount to the success of our geophysical analysis and image rendering."

"GXT's commitment to its customers in implementing the latest technologies to provide significantly greater value of seismic images and data means they are always on the lookout for innovative ways to improve the performance of their existing network attached storage infrastructure," said Ron Bianchini, co-founder and CEO of Avere Systems.  "By adopting the Avere FXT Series, they were able to lower the costs of maintaining and managing that infrastructure while increasing their application workloads - all without disrupting their existing clustered file system."

About ION

ION Geophysical Corporation is a leading provider of geophysical technology, services, and solutions for the global oil & gas industry. ION's offerings allow E&P operators to obtain higher resolution images of the subsurface to reduce the risk of exploration and reservoir development, and enable seismic contractors to acquire geophysical data more efficiently. Additional information about ION is available at http://www.iongeo.com/.

About Avere Systems

Avere provides Demand-Driven Storage solutions that dynamically organize data in response to business demand. The Avere FXT Series enables faster application performance at dramatically lower cost by intelligently moving active data between traditional storage devices and FXT appliances. The FXT Series tier data on SSD and HDD media and can be clustered for maximum scalability. Learn more at www.averesystems.com, and you can follow the company on Twitter.com/averesystems.


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