Data Centers in Oil & Gas - Thematic Research

Data Centers in Oil & Gas - Thematic Research


Data management has become an important theme in the oil and gas industry as the volumes of data generated by the industry have increased significantly, thus driving the demand for high-performance data storage and processing solutions. The upstream sector, in particular, is contributing to the bulk of the data generated from oil and gas processes. In order to facilitate superior warehousing and mining of this operational data, companies are leveraging the advantages of data centers and high-performance computing systems.

Availability of data during exploration and production activities is helping companies in evaluating project requirements and accurately determining drilling locations for extracting hydrocarbons cost-effectively. This is being made possible by integrating advanced sensing technologies with a wide range of production equipment deployed on wellheads, including drill bits, injection equipment, pumps, and valves to collect real-time data.

Data centers are playing a pivotal role in this aspect by providing solutions to big data management. Companies are investing in data centers to gain the ability of processing data in real-time and generating insights for creating revenue opportunities, increasing drilling performance, and improving operational efficiencies.

Sensors and connected devices that form the Industrial Internet ecosystem are triggering a massive data deluge from oil and gas operations. Data centers provide the ideal platform to accumulate this data and apply big data analytics to monitor real-time performance and predict equipment malfunction. It can also serve as a back-up and recovery mechanism in the event of a critical system failure.

A data center is a very capital intensive asset as it incurs significant costs both to set up and then for its operation and maintenance. The advancement in cloud computing has opened up a more cost-effective avenue for secure, scalable, high-performance data storage solutions.

Oil and Gas companies are leveraging cloud-based data centers as an alternative to traditional data centers as it facilitates remote data access via internet connectivity, which compliments field operations. It also enables oil and gas companies to focus on their core competencies while leaving the management of IT systems with the technology players.

The latest thematic report, ‘Data Centers in Oil & Gas’, discusses how rising data volumes from oil and gas operations are making data centers inevitable in data management within the industry. The thematic research report identifies ADNOC, BP, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Mansfield Oil, NNPC, Saudi Aramco, and Total among the major oil and gas players present in the data centers theme.


  • Overview of the emergence of data center as a theme in the oil and gas industry and its impact on operations
  • Detailed analysis of the emerging use cases for data centers across the oil and gas value chain
  • A brief overview of the major application areas for data centers in the oil and gas industry
  • Analysis of the data center industry along with its trends across different industry verticals
Reasons to buy
  • Understand the importance of adopting data center in oil and gas operations
  • Identify the key applications and trends for the data center theme
  • A review of some of the case studies highlighting the growing capabilities of data centers in addressing business challenges across the oil and gas value chain
  • Identify and benchmark key oil and gas companies and technology providers based on their exposure to data center theme

  • Introduction
  • Impact of data centers on the oil and gas industry
    • Case studies
      • Eni's Green Data Center ensures the highest level of data reliability for seismic imaging
        • Table Figure 1: Data center is enhancing the analysis of seismic data
      • BP data center helps discover hydrocarbons in the Atlantis field
        • Table Figure 2: Data center and image processing algorithm ease the modeling of a challenging subsurface
      • Sinopec applies cutting-edge technology to achieve energy efficiency in data center
        • Table Figure 3: Energy efficiency puts the major challenge for data centers
  • Players
    • Table Figure 4: Who are the big players in the data center industry and where do they sit in the value chain?
  • Trends
    • Oil & gas trends
      • Table Oil & gas trends
    • Industry growth drivers
      • Table Industry growth drivers
    • Hardware trends
      • Table Hardware trends
    • Software trends
      • Table Software trends
  • Industry analysis
    • The Internet of Things, the cloud and AI are driving growth in the data center industry
      • Table Figure 5: Data center traffic is growing at 24% per annum, driven largely by Internet and Cloud data centers.
    • The mobile revolution is spreading all the way up to the data center
    • Optimising latency is the biggest challenge facing hyperscale data centers
    • The fireworks are largely at the software level…
    • Software defined networking (SDN) could turn the networking industry upside down
    • Winners and Losers
    • Timeline
      • Table Figure 6: The data center story…
  • Value chain
    • Table Figure 7: The focus of this report is the "data center equipment stack" within the data center value chain
    • Semiconductors
      • High-end processors
        • Table Figure 8: The data center equipment stack - Semiconductors
      • Networking chips
      • Silicon photonics
      • Memory chips
    • Servers and storage
      • Table Figure 9: The data center equipment stack - Servers and storage
      • White boxes
      • Storage
    • Networking equipment
      • Table Figure 10: The data center equipment stack - Networking equipment
      • Data center interconnect
      • Switches and routers
    • Software
      • Table Figure 11: The data center equipment stack - Software
    • Data center operators
      • Table Figure 12: The data center industry value chain
  • Companies
    • Oil & gas companies
      • Table Oil & gas companies
    • Technology companies
      • Table Technology companies
  • Technology briefing
    • A brief history of networking
      • It started with circuit-switching
      • Then came packet-switching
      • Then came IP networking
      • But the future is Software Defined Networking
      • It is the biggest change in networking technology for 40 years
      • Whoever controls the software controls the network and all the value in it
        • Table Figure 13: Networking technology needs to change to cope with the explosion of IP traffic
    • The OSI Model
      • Table Figure 14: The OSI Reference Model summarises the 7 layers within any telecom network architecture
      • Separation of control and forwarding planes
        • Table Figure 15: In a software defined network, the control plane and the data plane are separated...
      • How the data center IT stack has changed
        • Table Figure 16: How the data center IT stack has changed
      • Network function virtualisation
      • Cisco's glory days could be over
  • Glossary
    • Table Glossary
  • Appendix: Our "Thematic" research methodology
    • Viewing the world's data by themes makes it easier to make important decisions
    • Traditional research does a poor job of picking winners and losers
    • That is why we developed our "thematic engine"
    • How do we create our sector scorecards?
      • Table Figure 17: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard
    • What is in our sector scorecards?
    • How do we score companies in our thematic screen?
    • How our research reports fit into our overall thematic research ecosystem
    • About GlobalData
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