Westheimer Energy Consultants and FileTek Collaborate to Deliver an Integrated Seismic Data Store Solution

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Westheimer Energy Consultants Ltd U.K., domain experts in the oil and gas industry, and FileTek, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, USA, a market leader in large-scale storage virtualization and data management solutions, today announced a joint agreement to deliver an Integrated Seismic Data Store solution. Based on FileTek’s proven StorHouse® platform, the Integrated Seismic Data Store project will enable oil and gas companies to store, back up, automatically manage, and, most importantly, access all seismic data types - raw through post-stack - in a timely manner with ensured data integrity and availability throughout their useful lifecycle.

Westheimer Energy Consultants Ltd U.K., domain experts in the oil and gas industry, and FileTek, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, USA, a market leader in large-scale storage virtualization and data management solutions, today announced a joint agreement to deliver an Integrated Seismic Data Store solution. Based on FileTek’s proven StorHouse® platform, the Integrated Seismic Data Store project will enable oil and gas companies to store, back up, automatically manage, and, most importantly, access all seismic data types – raw through post-stack – in a timely manner with ensured data integrity and availability throughout their useful lifecycle.

StorHouse is a unique, highly scalable, storage virtualization and data management platform that can transparently archive, retrieve, administer, and protect massive amounts of relational and file-based information using an automatically managed pool of traditional and alternative storage devices such as disk and high-performance/high-density tape. Organizations deploy StorHouse for active archives, database extension systems, digital preservation initiatives, and native file format backups of terabytes to petabytes of unstructured data residing on operational systems.

Furthermore, unlike traditional archive repositories, StorHouse eliminates the need to restore data from tape to disk prior to access, thereby enabling direct, SQL access to all seismic survey data from any media, including tape. By eliminating the reload step, StorHouse promotes a faster time to data optimizes data availability and accessibility, and reduces overall operational expenses – all benefits that increase the solution value and ROI.

William P. Loomis, CEO of FileTek, remarked, “FileTek is excited to work with the Westheimer team on the Integrated Seismic Data Store project. With our combined expertise in data management and oil and gas industry requirements, we are well-positioned to deliver a centralized, long-term, bulk data repository and storage management solution meeting the needs of the oil and gas market. Together, FileTek and Westheimer are setting a new precedent for excellence and performance for seismic data stores.”

Jeffrey Maskell, CEO and Senior Consultant for Petrotechnical Data at Westheimer Energy Consultants, commented, “Using the FileTek StorHouse solution as an integrated seismic data store has been one of my long-term goals, and Westheimer is extremely pleased to be working with FileTek on this project. Using StorHouse to satisfy the stringent oil and gas industry specifications for storing and accessing seismic data is a natural fit that is already creating industry enthusiasm and positive feedback, particularly regarding the platform’s virtually unlimited scalability and low cost-per-megabyte of storage. Westheimer will also be working with other software vendors, including OpenSpirit, a TIBCO Software Inc. group, to ensure that the StorHouse seismic data store solution will readily connect with major E&P applications.”

Westheimer Energy Consultants Ltd U.K. and its subsidiary in the United States, Westheimer Energy Consultants Inc., will provide professional-grade consulting to evaluate the Integrated Seismic Data Store solution for potential customers, design and customize interoperability plans for existing application and database suites, provide links to unstructured data, and extend capabilities to new seismic data types such as microseismic for fracture evaluation and downhole cross-well seismic tomography. Westheimer is already marketing the solution and working with prospects and customers to demonstrate the project’s unmatched feature set and capabilities.

About Westheimer Energy Consultants Ltd
Westheimer Energy Consultants Limited (Westheimer) provides consultancy services to companies in the oil and gas industry engaged in all upstream services and activities. We provide advice, consultancy, project management, and IT solutions on a range of issues that are addressed daily by companies seeking to maximize the utilization of their assets. Westheimer has offices in the UK, Houston, and Trinidad. Internet: http://www.westheimerenergy.com

About FileTek
FileTek, Inc. is a premier provider of large-scale data management and information governance solutions, enabling organizations, worldwide and across multiple industry segments, to efficiently manage, rapidly access, and effectively govern their ever-growing volume of enterprise data. Since 1984, FileTek has provided comprehensive, award-winning solutions to companies, prestigious educational institutions, scientific and government agencies worldwide. From our patented and innovative StorHouse® high-volume data management solutions to our Trusted Edge® information classification and management software, FileTek maintains a steady focus: enhancing and automating information lifecycle management and data preservation processes for all categories and volumes of data.

FileTek is headquartered at 9400 Key West Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-251-0600. Fax: 301-251-1990. FileTek’s international headquarters, FileTek Ltd, is located at One Northumberland Ave., London WC2N 5BW. Telephone: +44 (0) 207 872 5583. Fax: +44 (0) 207 753 2829. The company also has offices across North America. Internet: http://www.filetek.com

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