Global Cloud Service Provider for Big Data Analytics in Oil and Gas Industry Runs on Nexenta Open Source-driven Software Defined Storage (OpenSDS)

Drillinginfo Helps Enterprises Make Better, Faster Decisions via Best Cost/Performance and Web Scale Infrastructure to Manage Massive Data Growth

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 12, 2015 — Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced the deployment of its platform for Drillinginfo, an Austin-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of data-driven intelligence to the oil and gas industry. What began as a simple online permit and completion-mapping database in 1999, became one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the United States by 2008, according to Inc. Magazine, and has one of the largest oil and gas databases in the world. Drillinginfo delivers game-changing information for oil and gas energy exploration decision support, enabling companies to get to better insights, faster.

Prior to drilling for oil, companies must evaluate up to eight different silos of data to meet regulatory and compliance guidelines; the ultimate goal is to have the least amount of risk – and the greatest success in finding oil. Seismic and geological data provide analysis of rock structures, based on drilling location. Legal documents, such as county court records for leases, date back hundreds of years. The volume of data that oil companies must sift through is immense, growing each and every year, and becoming more and more complicated to access and analyze. Drillinginfo’s Chief Technology Officer, Mike Couvillion said, “When our storage architect, Andy Davis, approached me about the company’s growing data storage requirements, we discussed the need to implement a scalable platform that would support our current and future storage requirements.” Drillinginfo has roughly 900 terabytes (TB) of data, and adds roughly 20-25 TB of data per month.

Nexenta supports Drillinginfo’s rapid growth – while meeting the company’s budgeting, financial and planning requirements.

Drillinginfo turned to NexentaStor, Nexenta's flagship Software-Defined Storage (SDS) platform, as a replacement for its current storage system. “Our data storage team doesn’t have to worry about running out of storage as we add data and the systems are fully high availability (HA) – there isn't a single point of failure,” added Couvillion. As Couvillion’s team analyzes the financial benefit of using Nexenta, the most important metric is cost per terabyte. “Because the Nexenta system is so redundant, it can be put on Supermicro, which costs us about $416/TB. That is well below the industry average, and there is no additional licensing for replication. At that cost, the Nexenta SDS practically recovers its cost on delivery.”

“Drillinginfo is a perfect example of how Software-Defined Storage can eliminate performance and scalability challenges,” said Jill Orhun, VP of Marketing & Strategy at Nexenta. “The right decision on storage is instrumental to running effective infrastructure, and that has ramifications for companies’ bottom line. Nexenta is proud to assist Drillinginfo with managing and storing its large volume of business-critical data.”

For more information, please refer to the Drillinginfo case study.

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About Nexenta

Nexenta is the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) with 6,000+ customers, 1,000+ partners, 30+ patents, and more than 1,000 petabytes of storage under management. Nexenta uniquely integrates software-only “Open Source” collaboration with commodity hardware-centric “Software-Defined Storage” innovation. Nexenta OpenSDS solutions are 100% software-based; and 100% hardware-, protocol-, and app-agnostic providing organizations with Total Freedom protecting them against punitive vendor lock-in. Nexenta provides organizations with the "true" benefits of Software-Defined Everything-centric Cloud Computing – from data centers to end users; from the infrastructure to apps. Nexenta OpenSDS enables everyday apps from rich media-driven Social Living to Mobility; from the Internet of Things to Big Data; from OpenStack and CloudStack to Do-It-Yourself Cloud deployments – for all types of Clouds – Private, Public, and Hybrid. Founded around an "Open Source” platform and industry-disrupting vision, Nexenta delivers its award- and patent-winning software-only unified storage management solutions with a global partner network, including Cisco, Citrix, Dell, HP, Quanta, SanDisk, Seagate, Supermicro, VMware, Western Digital, Wipro, and many others. 

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About Drillinginfo, Inc.
Drillinginfo is the leading SaaS and data analytics company for energy exploration decision support, helping the oil and gas industry achieve better, faster results. The company's predictive decision platform combines intelligence, analytics, tools, and services in one seamless system to deliver value at every stage of the E&P process. Drillinginfo services more than 3,200 companies globally from its Austin, Texas-based headquarters, and has more than 500 employees on five continents. For more information, visit


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