Data Center Case Study - HESS Corporation


HESS Corporation


HESS Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, as well as in refining and selling refined petroleum products, natural gas, and electricity. Headquartered in New York, the company has operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Equatorial, Guinea, Gabon, Azerbaijan, Thailand and Indonesia. It produces more than 350,000 barrels of oil annually.

The Situation

HESS increasingly depends on data center infrastructure technology to support oil exploration and production. When the company first transitioned from mainframe to blade server technology for its most intense processing tasks, the raised floor system provided adequate but limited data center cooling. When HESS added a second blade server cluster, data center managers saw that they needed a more flexible and scalable approach to cooling.


  • Temperature maintained at a stable 60 degrees in a zone containing 1,000 Dell PowerEdge Energy Smart Servers.
  • Flawless performance of power and cooling infrastructure delivers 100 percent uptime.
  • Real-time data from comprehensive monitoring solution enables preventive maintenance and proactive planning for future changes.
“People often underestimate the power and cooling demands of high-density equipment. Those 1,000 blade servers draw 360 kW of power and put out 104 tons of heat in 2,000 square feet.”
- Michael Musgrove, supervisor of Computer Operations, HESS’s Exploration & Production Division
Case Summary
Location: Houston, Texas
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Critical Needs: Support uninterrupted operation of expanding high-performance computing center performing geophysical modeling for petroleum exploration.

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