Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) is a marine focused geophysical organization helping oil companies to find offshore oil and gas reserves worldwide. Founded in 1991, PGS now has a presence in 25 countries and ranks among the world’s 3 largest marine seismic companies. PGS’ drive for innovation is exemplified through its broad range of services and products, including: seismic and electromagnetic services, data acquisition, processing, reservoir analysis/interpretation and multi-client library data.


Routinely collecting data from remote locations, PGS often had to migrate large data sets to its offices in London, Houston, or Cyberjaya, Malaysia for further processing, analysis, and quality checking. PGS used FTP and a free UDP transfer application to deliver its files, although many issues were experienced while sending and receiving with both methods. The main challenge was the slow transfer rates obtained on the 10 Gbps link between London and Houston. Furthermore, both the FTP system and the UDP application lacked the management capabilities required by PGS, leaving control of the transfers with the end users. With no coordination, this frequently caused problems on the lower bandwidth, last mile links. “We might have 100 FTP transfers being executed simultaneously, causing all transfers to go to a crawl,” said James Watson, Technical Engineer at PGS. Having no control over the file transfer process, IT was constantly having to solve file transfer related issues.


As a solution to its file transfer issues, PGS selected and deployed the FileCatalyst Direct accelerated and managed file transfer solution with a 10 Gbps license. The unique acceleration technology employed by FileCatalyst enabled the blazing fast transfer of vast amounts of data on the international 10 Gbps link, while also optimizing transfers in the often unreliable network conditions experienced in remote areas where PGS collected data. In addition to the speed and reliability optimizations, FileCatalyst Direct provided the tracking and administrative capabilities which PGS was lacking in its previous solution.


After the deployment of FileCatalyst Direct, an immediate gain in transfer speeds was achieved for PGS. “The first benefit we noticed after implementing FileCatalyst was more control over our transfers and a dramatic speed improvement – we are finally able to use our 10 Gbps line speed to its full extent,” noted James Watson. Also achieved was an improved service for users, with FileCatalyst Direct tightly integrated with all existing PGS processing systems for a streamlined, seamless end user experience. “FileCatalyst Direct transformed all PGS file transfers into a simple and straightforward experience, logging all file transfers executed.” added Mr. Watson, “Soon our IT department was able to stop putting out file transfer related fires and instead provide a well-managed service to users.”

Another benefit realized was the flexibility provided by the variety of applications for executing file transfers. “Having the choice between using FileCatalyst HotFolder, FileCatalyst Express, the command line interface or the API made accelerated file transfers optimized for any scenario.” continued Mr. Watson, ”Furthermore, FileCatalyst worked closely with PGS every step of the way to ensure our expectations were met 100% of the time when deploying FileCatalyst in our environment.”