Tarmin and IBM help Premier Oil manage rapidly growing unstructured data, reduce storage cost, simplify compliance and increase

  Tarmin and IBM help Premier Oil manage rapidly growing unstructured data,
    reduce storage cost, simplify compliance and increase business agility

Data Defined Storage project provides Premier Oil with secure and reliable
platform for gaining value from unstructured data

PR Newswire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and ARMONK, N.Y., July 12, 2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.and ARMONK, N.Y., July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Premier Oil
plc, a leading FTSE 250 independent upstream oil and gas company, has selected
Tarmin, Inc., a leading provider of Data Defined Storage solutions, IBM and
Eurotech Computer Services for an ongoing big data project to manage
unstructured data in the Information Management Department. Premier aims to
store its rapidly growing data, consolidate disparate repositories and archive
and retain business critical information in a secure and reliable platform in
order to reduce escalating storage costs, address information security and
compliance concerns, and streamline management and integration of post-merger
digital assets. The combined Data Defined Storage solution represents the
first customer win in a multi-year agreement between IBM and Tarmin to bring a
joint solution based on Tarmin GridBank and IBM Systems. The solution will
enable Premier to gain competitive advantage through better exploitation of
its unstructured geological seismic data as a strategic business asset.

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With significant operations in the North Sea and Asia, Premier is a fast
growing participant in the global upstream oil and gas (O&G) market. Premier's
sophisticated geophysical modeling processes, expansive geologic image library
and growth through acquisition have resulted in a significant increase of data
across its internationally distributed network of facilities. In order to
ensure the highest levels of data accessibility, security and long term
integrity across the entirety of its intercontinental operations, Premier
selected the joint Tarmin and IBM Storage solution after considering a number
of different vendor offerings.

"We feel that the new approach to unstructured data management, that GridBank
offers, will optimally position us to respond to new opportunities in oil and
gas exploration, development and production," said David Edwards, Group Head
of Information Services at Premier. "The integrated IBM and Tarmin solution
delivers multiple data management objectives in a single, cohesive offering."

Premier's volume of data, generated through oil and gas exploration, are
growing ceaselessly, driven by new technologies and increasing sensor
resolution. These factors are compounded through acquisition of digital assets
across heterogeneous arrays of storage hardware through M&A activity. This
leads to challenges associated with data discovery, on demand access,
exploitation of data and a need for a single point of truth across the
organization, key differentiators in ensuring that Premier is able to underpin
business growth through identification and exploitation of opportunities. The
joint Tarmin and IBM multi-TB, multi-site Data Defined Storage solution takes
a data centric approach to providing media independent data storage,
distributed Object Dedupe, compression and encryption, archival and tiering,
failsafe replication and unified search across 500+ file types, including O&G
specific formats, ensuring high availability continuous access to previously
siloed data, trapped in remote data centers.

"With new technologies generating vast volumes of data, the need for
intelligent solutions have become acute in our target markets", said Tony
Klapcia of Eurotech, an IBM Premier Business Partner. "The Tarmin and IBM
combined solution will enable Premier to consolidate, manage, analyze and
quantify its data, accelerating its ability to identify and exploit natural

"Premier Oil's sophisticated geophysical modeling processes and its ever
expanding geologic image library presents just the kind of Big Data management
challenge that we are seeing across a host of different industries," said Dave
Kay, Vice President, IBM Global Business Partners, Europe. "With Tarmin
GridBank on the IBM Systems stack, Premier Oil is not only able to gain real
insight from these digital assets, but can also reduce storage cost, simplify
compliance and increase business agility at the same time."

"GridBank's O&G specific modules address the information tier of managing
geological unstructured data, providing a complementary offering to the IBM
System enterprise range of hardware at the storage tier," said Shahbaz Ali,
President and CEO of Tarmin. "Tarmin is hugely excited to be working closely
with IBM to address the growing Data Defined Storage market, uniquely
positioning us to deliver reduced cost of storing unstructured data,
simplified regulatory compliance and improved access to data, allowing
advances such as accelerated identification of viable wells of natural
resources for business growth."

The deal with Premier follows a recent agreement between IBM and Tarmin to
collaborate with each other and also with their respective business partner
Ecosystems to deliver Data Defined Storage solutions to enable their clients
to gain value from the vast amount of data that they generate. Tarmin's
innovative GridBank technology plays a vital role in responding to the
pronounced need for flexible and effective solutions to the challenges of
managing and storing unstructured data at an unprecedented scale.

For more information on the Data Defined Storage collaboration between IBM and
Tarmin, visit http://Tarm.in/TarminIBM.

About Tarmin

Tarmin Inc., the leading provider of Data Defined Storage solutions, unlocks
the value of data as a strategic business enabler, delivering a massively
scalable, transparent and unified approach for consistent data management,
storage, retention, security and search across cloud and traditional storage
infrastructure. Tarmin's proprietary GridBank solution empowers organizations
to store, control and understand the value of data as a competitive business
asset, no matter its size, location or cost by uniting application,
information and storage tiers into a single, integrated data centric
management architecture.

About IBM

Further information on IBM can be found at www.ibm.com.

Contact Agency:
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JPR Communications
818-884-8282, ext. 13

SOURCE Tarmin Inc.

Website: http://www.tarmin.com
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