Millions of people and businesses across South America rely on electricity and heating powered by Pluspetrol oil and gas. Furthermore, the company plays a huge role in the energy security of the region.
Supplying reliable, sustainable and affordable fuel is no simple task, especially in a region with unique geological features. To extract oil and gas from over 300,000 acres of unconventional reservoirs with minimal environmental impact, Pluspetrol experts depend on fast access to a variety of time-sensitive data—fluid dynamics models, weather forecasts, market reports, and more—to support decision-making.
“To keep our operations running smoothly, it’s essential that our experts can quickly and easily access key information about the health, viability and profitability of our wells and drill sites,” said Nicolás Mena Serafino, Systems and Security Operations Leader at Pluspetrol. “If we experience unplanned downtime, we risk delaying exploration and production, which can have huge downstream cost implications for our business.”
To minimize the risk associated with operational disruption, Pluspetrol is always looking for new ways to enhance the resiliency of the core applications and data underpinning its activities.
“We spotted a few areas for improvement that would help to increase efficiency and strengthen data protection,” said Mena. “For example, we mostly backed up to tape storage devices, which lengthened the time taken both to back up and recover data, simply because we had to move tapes to and from secure storage facilities. What’s more, every location followed a slightly different backup process—increasing maintenance workloads and adding additional complexity to recovery tasks.”
With backups saved to tape and each of its nine regions following unique backup policies, Pluspetrol lacked a comprehensive view of its backup position, which made it harder to ensure that its policies would enable rapid restores in a recovery scenario. In addition, high maintenance workloads meant that IT experts across all regions spent a significant amount of time managing back up processes—reducing the time available for value-added activities.