LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA - 09/03/2019 (PRDistribution.com)
Global Data Systems, Inc., (GDS) a full-service managed service provider, and Morrison, an industry-leading offshore pipeline and diving company, have entered into a partnership to streamline long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity on vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.
Morrison operates four offshore pipelay vessels, two dive support vessels and various inland waterway construction barges. The partnership has enabled improved quality of life for vessel personnel by implementing cost-efficient, high-speed LTE cellular connectivity.
Royce Pellegrin, Information Technology Manager, Morrison, said, “Morrison was in need of a higher-speed connectivity solution for our workboat vessels in remote areas. To combat the redundancy of satellite, GDS provided our vessels with a higher-performing SD-WAN connection on its VSAT and LTE network. Ultimately, NOMAD was the solution provided, which gave us high-speed connectivity with redundant failover and maximum uptime by using LTE cellular with satellite as a backup."
NOMAD includes robust security controls to protect Morrison's system against cyber threats and provides each vessel with next-generation firewall, intrusion detection, anti-malware protection, content filtering and more. The NOMAD connection uses Cisco protocols and management services, allowing users to view all communications, data, intrusion attempts and more, cost-effectively and without sacrificing performance.
Pellegrin commented, “Thanks to the forward-thinking approach at GDS, Morrison is now able to deploy technology that we would not have imagined three years ago. Due to the lowered cost associated with NOMAD, we have implemented a secondary network explicitly dedicated to crew members. This allows them to carry out functions similar to those at home. This new ability to check email or communicate with loved ones has considerably improved crew morale throughout the vessels.”
Wade Berzas, Vice President of Sales, GDS, commented, “Over the years, GDS and Morrison have enjoyed a fantastic partnership. Our commitment to customer service and to providing the critical services that enable our customer base to grow their business has never waned and we appreciate Morrison’s continued trust in GDS.”
About Global Data Systems
GDS is a full-service managed IT company with the deep engineering expertise and technology tools to support midsize and large enterprises. We specialize in solutions for oil and gas, marine transportation, industrial construction, government and healthcare, providing our clients with the most up-to-date and innovative approaches to overcoming industry pains.
We help organizations boost the bottom line and streamline operations through the strategic application of world-class IT solutions. But it is our passion for making IT simple that empowers our clients to reach their potential. With GDS as a partner, you can quit worrying about IT and focus on your business.
Global Data Systems is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, with additional offices and sales and technical personnel in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lockport, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas.
Morrison Energy is an energy service company that delivers infrastructure projects to clients in the oil and gas and renewables industries.
With over 35 years of experience, domestic and international facilities and a wide range of specialized resources, the company prides itself on providing creative alternatives and value-added solutions to every project, both onshore and offshore. The company adheres to the highest standards for quality and safety with uncompromising regard for the environment.