Schlumberger Extends Digital Leadership With Red Hat Deal

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  • Deal will easily move Delfi software across different clouds
  • Includes a partnership to move OSDU to hybrid cloud

Schlumberger’s partnership with IBM’s Red Hat — announced on Sept. 8 — is an important step in moving the oil sector to the cloud. In the past year, Schlumberger has put digital products front and center of its strategy.

The Red Hat deal will make Schlumberger’s Delfi software package accessible to private, public or hybrid clouds. Ultimately this will allow more types of clients to use the software more easily.

Schlumberger and Red Hat will also move the OSDU data platform to a hybrid cloud, giving access to third parties to better see the data and build digital tools.

The oilfield service giant’s petrotechnical software tends to be stored on private servers, only accessed within an office. Schlumberger has worked with Google to migrate Delfi to its public cloud, helping clients see updates in real-time from anywhere in the world. However, it can be costly and time consuming to migrate software from private servers to the public cloud, and then across to other cloud environments. The Red Hat deal will help solve this problem.

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