Pacific Drilling Case Study: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications
Pacific Drilling saves big with SUSE on AWS.
With one of the newest and most technologically advanced fleets in the world, Pacific Drilling has grown into a successful, premium drilling contractor. Its stateof-the-art, high-specification drillships benefit from a proven design and highly developed construction technologies. The company currently has nearly 1000 employees at locations that range from the corporate offices in Houston, TX, to branch offices in Brazil, Nigeria, and Luxembourg.
Throughout Pacific Drilling’s development, the company has remained dedicated to becoming the preferred ultra-deepwater drilling contractor. It is committed to operating with the utmost integrity. With a focus on safety, Pacific Drilling continues to combine the strength of a large, well-capitalized enterprise with the agility and flexibility of a small solution provider to benefit its customers, suppliers, employees, and the communities in which it operates.
Like any company in the oil and natural gas industries, Pacific Drilling cannot control the price of the natural resources it helps to harvest. As Christian Wissman, vice president of Global Alliances at Protera Technologies observes, “The oil and gas economy is currently a challenging environment for oil and gas organizations. They need to adjust to decreasing demand by better controlling the cost of operation and investment.”
One of the ways that Pacific Drilling Company sought to reduce operating costs was to reduce the cost of its existing IT infrastructure—particularly its SAP infrastructure—which included SAP ERP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA; SAP BusinessObjects (BOBJ); SAP Gateway; SAP Government, Risk, and Compliance (GRC); SAP Mobile Platform (SMP); SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server (SLT); SAP Web Dispatcher (WebDisp); SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (PI); SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC); TREX search engine; BSI Tax Factory; Microsoft Active Directory (AD); and Sailpoint IdentityNow.
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