The cloud Paradigm (February 2014)

Amazon cloud edition of Paradigm’s Sysdrill offers desktop functionality sans the IT infrastructure. Paradigm plans to extend cloud offering to Geolog and other apps.

Sysdrill, Paradigm’s well planning and drilling engineering solution, is now available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Cloud deployment promises rapid provisioning, simplified management and lower costs. CEO Arshad Matin said, ‘Cloud computing is one of the most important macro-trends in IT infrastructure but E&P software vendors have yet to make its benefits available to customers who should be able to focus on the application rather than the infrastructure. With today’s announcement, Paradigm enables customers to do just that.’

Sysdrill on the AWS cloud will be available in two flavors. One offers a full-service ‘deployed instance’ model which will allow users to access the product with no AWS-specific knowledge or interaction with Amazon. The other offering targets IT departments with AWS experience who need to manage their AWS instances themselves. Here Paradigm provides a reference architecture and sizing guidelines for deployment. In a blog posting, Paradigm’s Robert Innes suggested that cloud computing will ‘remove the burden of data storage and management’ from operators. Building on-premises IT infrastructure to manage geosciences and production data is ‘slow and expensive.’ This makes the cloud ‘an attractive option that should appeal to an industry with a globally dispersed workforce.’ But Paradigm is not quite there yet as Urvish Vashi told Oil IT Journal in an exclusive interview (see page 3). Today, both AWS deployment options will give operators a cloud-based version of Sysdrill that is identical to the desktop edition. Getting data from the rig site, and from internal databases into the Amazon cloud requires some hands-on reformatting to Witsml—leveraging Paradigm’s OpsLink toolset.

Paradigm is however in good company in its push for cloud deployment as a quick review of the last couple of years of Oil IT Journal shows. Cloud deployment has been reported from Baker Hughes (running Tubeflow simulations on the Microsoft Azure cloud), by Shell for sandboxing data management solutions, some seismic tests and ‘big data’ analytics. Roxar likewise offers the ability to spin-out compute intensive history match runs to the Amazon cloud. Safe Software’s FME Desktop and Server 2014 introduced support for GIS data on Amazon and cloud databases such as DynamoDB, S3, Google BigQuery and ArcGIS online. Fuse likewise offers a VMWare/EC cloud version of its seismic data management solution. And GE intimated last year that components of its ‘Industrial Internet’ would leverage the Amazon cloud although this was not much in evidence at the GE oil & gas annual meeting (pages 6&7). More from Paradigm.

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