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Total Powers Digital Transformation across Energy Production

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 Total Powers Digital Transformation across Energy Production - IoT ONE Case Study
The Challenge

One of the largest energy producers in the world, Total S.A. is a French multinational company whose businesses cover the entire oil and gas supply chain. Its global operations encompass everything from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production to power generation, transportation, refining, petroleum product marketing, and international crude oil and product trading.

To support all these operations, Total’s IT environment is running a wide variety of applications on-premises. Aside, the organization also has extensive public cloud and private cloud environments, including Microsoft Azure. In the cyclic energy industry, cloud technology gives Total the flexibility to support services for a limited amount of time, then move on to new projects.

Total needed to provide consistent platform and management for all of the company’s sites, regardless of size. Some offices contain as few as three people, while others may support up to 1000 employees. The organization needed a strategic solution that would position the organization to respond to any need. The company was also seeking to dramatically minimize the size of its data center footprint as part of its environmental initiatives to reduce greenhouse emissions.

About The Customer

As one of the world's major oil companies, Total SA conducts business in more than 130 countries. The company explores for and produces oil and gas in more than 30 countries or regions. It acquired Petrofina of Belgium in 1999 and the French oil firm Elf Aquitaine in 2000.

The Customer

Total SA

The Solution

The first phase of Total’s transformation focused on modernizing its siloed data center. The company was an early adopter of the Nutanix HCI solution and is now continuing to extend its environment across its global sites. Total is a long-time Nutanix customer and participant on the Nutanix technical advisory board. The Nutanix HCI solution lets the organization avoid the time and costs associated with managing multiple OEM environments while providing both flexibility and support for standardization. If a group in the company has deployed service or application in another environment, Total can still provide the resources they need to support it.

Total employs a full range of Nutanix solutions across its sites, including all of its North American operations. Over the next three years, the company will continue to ramp up its Nutanix environment to enable additional sites and services, optimizing costs using the solution together with other solutions. Total’s goal is to deploy AHV hypervisor and Nutanix Files to support its environments, reduce hypervisor costs, and simplify administration under a single, unified dashboard. Consolidating multiple siloed resources onto a single hyper-converged environment lets Total minimize its data center size, to consume fewer power and cooling resources, and support greener, more energy-efficient operations.

Ultimately, Total intends to support every function of its infrastructure on its Nutanix solution, with the exception of some large storage applications. In the U.S., Total is running a full set of refinery operations on the Nutanix HCI solution and is also building a joint venture in Marseille. The organization has completed or started 18 distinct projects based on the Nutanix infrastructure for its affiliates around the world. Its goal is to be able to provide a standardized solution for everyone, and extract information from any environment or technology, whether it is SAP HANA or Oracle databases. The organization has also partnered with Dell to take advantage of pre-configured hardware platforms that also streamline deployment, with a plug-and-play solution.

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