Energy and utilities have never been more coveted than they are right now. And demand for more sustainable and cost-effective ways to extract, manage and use the world's resources means that the industry is innovating at a rapid rate. Applications for predictive analytics and maintenance, surveillance, asset tracking, emissions testing, field management, employee safety, video analytics and machine learning are running across distributed environments that have traditionally been a reason for information delays, silos of information, and reactive operations. A single oil well can generate 10TB of data a day and relies heavily on local processing power. The cost of a day's downtime at sites like these can cost tens of millions of US dollars.
A new type of distributed and centrally managed infrastructure is required that can support all these new applications without costing the earth.