NDC drills up extra bandwidth

The National Drilling Company (NDC), a subsidiary of ADNOC one of the largest oil-drilling contractors in the Middle East, has deployed a new IT solution across 28 of its locations, including on and off-shore oil wells, increasing its communication network capacity by eight times and reducing its transmission costs between sites.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  November 9, 2004

The National Drilling Company (NDC), a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) one of the largest oil-drilling contractors in the Middle East, has deployed a new IT solution across 28 of its locations, including on- and off-shore oil wells, increasing its communication network capacity by eight times, reducing its transmission costs, and enhancing communication between sites. Peribit Networks’ PeriSphere architecture, implemented by regional systems integrator Bayanat-DPS, has improved the bandwidth of NDC’s wide area network (WAN), by identifying and eliminating repeated data patterns in network traffic. As well as speeding up the WAN, NDC says the technology has also enabled traffic to be segregated for different users and enabled bandwidth to be assigned between users. “Communication through our WAN was becoming slow and costly,” says Bilal Habash, network and telecommunications team leader, NDC. “Reducing the unnecessary duplicate data patterns meant we were able to increase communication between our sites, and save money.” “Repeated data patterns waste valuable network resources and reduce the efficiency of the network,” says John Rea, regional director, Peribit Networks, “By implementing PeriSphere technology, NDC have slashed the amount of useless data, and will see a significant return on their investment.” The vendor claims between 70 and 90% of WAN traffic contains useless repetitive data, which wastes valuable network resources and degrades efficiency and application performance. Peribit’s PeriSphere technology promises to solve a number of issues, including bandwidth congestion, high latency and the redundant transmission of large files, increasing WAN capacity up to 10 times by reducing traffic by 90% through its WAN optimisation framework. “The implementation for NDC was one of the more challenging projects for Bayanat-DPS, due to the remote locations of the sites, which were both on and off-shore,” says Nader Al Atout, enterprise networks manager, Bayanat-DPS. “Our team of skilled system integrators have provided a robust solution, and will be on hand to offer ongoing technical support.” Bayanat-DPS technicians installed Peribit Sequence Reducers SR-55 and SR-20 at NDC’s offices and oil rigs, which took around three weeks to complete. Once fully operational, the appliances have reportedly increased bandwidth by eight times.

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