Public, Private, or Hybrid? What the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry Can Learn From Other Sectors About "The Cloud"

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Provided by: Queensland Treasury Corporation
Topic: Cloud
Format: PDF
Despite the compelling case for moving towards cloud computing, the upstream oil & gas industry faces several technical challenges - most notably, a pronounced emphasis on data security, a reliance on extremely large data sets, and significant legacy investments in Information Technology (IT) infrastructure - that make a full migration to the public cloud difficult at present. Private and hybrid cloud solutions have consequently emerged within the industry to yield as much benefit from cloud-based technologies as possible while working within these constraints. This paper argues, however, that the move to private and hybrid clouds will very likely prove only to be a temporary stepping stone in the industry's technological evolution.
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