Data volumes are growing exponentially due to higher resolution capture methods and new seismic survey formats. As a result, now more than ever, oil and gas exploration organizations must manage, analyze, and store larger volumes of data forever, from applications distributed across numerous locations worldwide.
Backing up to traditional NAS is expensive, and scalability is limited, which creates disruption when expanding to store exponentially growing seismic data. With RAID-based systems, the risk of data loss or corruption is greater since projects are archived forever. Tape on the other hand is more cost effective, but the data is slow to retrieve, it can be shared easily and it is prone to errors over time.