What is a Data Center?

Exploring the Use of Fault Tolerance, Virtualization and Edge Computing in Midstream Oil and Gas Operations

The data center is a crucial part of modern oil and gas operations, and its role is being further redefined by the emergence of edge computing. Edge computing addresses the latency, bandwidth, and processing power limitations of traditional cloud-based systems, by situalling data processing closer to the source – at the “edge” of the network. This transformation is leading to increased efficiency, real-time decision making, and enhanced safety measures in oil and gas operations.

Benefits for Midstream Operations: The integration of virtualization and edge computing enables real-time data analysis and management, which is critical for monitoring pipelines and optimizing logistics.

Challenges and Considerations: Deploying these technologies requires addressing cybersecurity risks, ensuring data integrity, and managing the complexities associated with large-scale industrial systems.

Featured Speakers

Andrew Hinz, Director- Business Development, Stratus Technologies

With over two decades of experience in various technology sectors, His expertise spans remote IT infrastructures, industrial control systems, remote data acquisition and analysis, wireless communication systems, and remote video/audio applications. Andrew’s contributions to the Upstream and Midstream sectors have been marked by the introduction of innovative, edge-based solutions. Notably, he holds three patents in the domain of electrical safety and monitoring technologies. In addition, Andrew has co-published peer-reviewed electrical safety articles in esteemed publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). His unwavering passion lies in advancing technology in areas such as remote IT infrastructures, industrial control systems, wireless communication, and electrical safety.

Charles Smith, Senior Analyst, Williams

Charles Smith is a seasoned IT & OT professional with 27 years of experience in designing and implementing cutting-edge solutions for various industries such as agriculture, food manufacturing, and midstream energy sectors. Over the past 15 years, Charles has concentrated his expertise on edge data acquisition solutions and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) technologies, helping businesses harness the power of data for informed decision-making.

Currently, Charles is driving the OT (Operational Technology) Digital Strategy at Williams Companies, a leading organization in the energy sector. His responsibilities include leveraging edge technology to bolster cybersecurity, enhance data resolution, and integrate AI, machine learning, and predictive maintenance tools. As part of his role, Charles is also committed to reducing deployment and management costs, ensuring a streamlined and cost-effective approach to technology implementation.

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