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Katalyst to build new subsurface data centre in Malaysia

20 Feb 2019
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Today Katalyst Data Management announced that it will be expanding its global operations by extending its reach into Asia Pacific.

The exploration and production (E&P) data management company intends to open a subsurface data centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to support its oil and gas customers.

This will be the company’s fifth operational data centre across the globe, with existing locations in the United State’s Houston, Canada’s Calgary, the United Kingdom’s London, and Australia’s Perth.

The Kuala Lumpur office will also serve as a research and development facility, in support of Katalyst’s primary R&D office in Calgary.

According to Katalyst, a major factor in the company’s decision to build a full-service data centre in Malaysia is data sovereignty. The seismic data and well data belonging to E&P companies in the area must be managed locally within Malaysia.

The Kuala Lumpur location will allow oil and gas companies who operate there to take advantage of Katalyst’s full suite of subsurface data management services, while keeping the physical and digital data within their borders.

“Bringing our data management solutions to the Malaysia region has been on the horizon since we began our expansion into Asia Pacific in 2015,” says Katalyst Data Management president and CEO Steve Darnell.

“We are thrilled to be able to fully support our ever-growing customers operating in the area and bring the latest data management and digital transformation technologies to the region.”

According to Katalyst, the new Kuala Lumpur data centre will provide the full suite of the company’s subsurface digital transformation services, including tape transcription, data conversion, data duplication, seismic and well data scanning and well log digitisation.

The operational centre will also host the full-service data management solution iGlass, providing oil and gas companies in the region an opportunity to manage and access their data in a PPDM-based multi-cloud environment, while being able to keep their data locally in Malaysia.

Katalyst’s end-to-end data management services include every step in the subsurface data life cycle, from data capture and verification, to data storage and organisation, to marketing seismic data online.