PGS Uses FileCatalyst to Accelerate the Delivery of Big Data

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PGS adopts FileCatalyst to accelerate the delivery of big data securely and reliably at speeds up to 10Gbps.

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FileCatalyst Direct transformed all PGS file transfers into a simple and straightforward experience.

Unlimi-Tech Software, a pioneer in managed file transfers and the creator of FileCatalyst, a world leading accelerated file transfer solution, is pleased to announce the selection of its software by Petroleum Geo Services (PGS).

Founded in Norway in 1991, PGS is a marine focused geophysical organization helping oil companies to find offshore oil and gas reserves worldwide. Today, PGS has a presence in over 25 countries and ranks among the world’s three largest marine seismic companies. As a result of its geographic dispersion and the large datasets associated with seismic data, PGS routinely collects information from remote locations which must be transferred back to its offices in London, Houston, or Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

When PGS ran into difficulties transferring files using other file transfer methods, including an FTP tool and an open source UDP-based file transfer application, it investigated alternatives to speed the delivery of its datasets and fully utilize their 10 Gbps link from London, UK to Houston, Texas. Furthermore, PGS sought a file transfer solution with tracking capabilities, ability to monitor ongoing transfers, as well as robust administrative features.

PGS selected and deployed the FileCatalyst Direct accelerated and managed file transfer solution with a 10 Gbps license. FileCatalyst Direct’s unique acceleration technology enabled the blazing fast transfer of files containing vast amounts of data on the international 10 Gbps link, while also optimizing transfers in the often unreliable network conditions experienced in the remote areas where PGS collected data. In addition to the speed optimizations, FileCatalyst Direct provided the tracking and administrative capabilities which PGS was lacking in its previous solution.

“The first benefit we noticed after implementing FileCatalyst was more control over our transfers and a dramatic speed improvement - we are finally able to use our 10 Gbps link to its full extent,” stated James Watson, Technical Engineer at PGS. “FileCatalyst Direct transformed all PGS file transfers into a simple and straightforward experience, logging all file transfers executed - soon after, our IT department was able to stop putting out file transfer related fires and instead provide a well managed service to end users.”

“We are pleased to assist PGS in maximizing speed on its 10 Gbps overseas link,” said Dave McKeen, FileCatalyst VP of Sales. “FileCatalyst Direct was the perfect solution for PGS to speed its transfers, streamline organizational transfers, and ensure delivery of all sent files.”

FileCatalyst will be exhibiting at Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) from August 25-28 in Hall C 300 and will also be attending the Innovation Awards luncheon, as nominees.

About Unlimi-Tech
Located in Ottawa, Canada, Unlimi-Tech Software is the creator of FileCatalyst, a leading accelerated file transfer solution. Founded in 2000, the company has more than a thousand customers in media & entertainment, energy & mining, gaming, and printing, including many Fortune 500 companies as well as military and government organizations. FileCatalyst is a software platform designed to accelerate and manage file transfers securely and reliably. FileCatalyst is immune to the effects that latency and packet loss have on traditional file transfer methods like FTP, HTTP, or CIFS. Global organizations use FileCatalyst to solve issues related to file transfer, including content distribution, file sharing, and offsite backups. To learn more visit or @FileCatalyst on Twitter.

About PGS

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) is a marine focused geophysical company with headquarters in Oslo, Norway and a presence in over 25 countries with regional offices in London, Houston and Singapore. Noted for its fleet efficiency, technological innovation and MultiClient library, PGS ranks among the world’s three largest marine seismic companies.

Providing a broad range of geophysical and reservoir services worldwide, PGS is organized into four business units: Marine Contract, MultiClient, Operations and Data Processing & Technology.

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