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Apache Corporate is one of the world’s largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies with operations in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 


Limited natural resources make oil and gas a fiercely competitive industry, and Apache’s success depends on quick access to large volumes of reliable seismic and interpretation data.  Both speed and accuracy are vital, and with drilling rights costing millions of dollars to secure, mistakes can be devastating.



Apache’s seismic exploration data has grown by 700% in recent years to more than 18PB. To accommodate this information explosion and make the best business decisions about where and how to drill, Apache required fast and easy scalability, robust performance for computing, file sharing, and network systems and high availability for data and applications.

Apache met its goals by deploying NetApp FAS6280, FAS6290, and FAS6080 storage systems at its primary (Houston headquarters) and secondary (CyrusOne) data centers for its production environment, with additional NetApp storage systems supporting other operational areas. The NetApp storage is connected to Cisco Unified Computing System blade servers to support Apache’s VMware vSphere virtualized server environment, as well as HP ProLiant servers running Red Hat Linux.

The Apache IT team selected NetApp for the following reasons:

  • The ability to achieve true nondisruptive operations using NetApp clustered Data ONTAP.
  • Multiprotocol support, including the SMB2 and SMB3 file-sharing protocols, which deliver as much as 100% performance gains in loading data into systems across the 10GbE network.
  • Storage controllers powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor, giving Apache more processing power on a per-server basis.
  • NetApp’s relationships with numerous leading independent software vendors (ISVs) serving the oil and gas industry, including Schlumberger, giving Apache the flexibility to optimize storage for its applications.

“NetApp clustered Data ONTAP enables us to increase performance by utilizing the performance of all of our storage systems throughout the organization, as well as gives us better reliability, because we can now expand the cluster across multiple data centers,” saysBradley Lauritsen, director of Exploration Applications at Apache Corporation 


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Mike McNamara


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