|[October 01, 2012]
Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution Enables Utility Companies to Improve Efficiency
ROUND ROCK, Texas --(Business Wire)--
Dell (News - Alert) today announced the availability of a new bundled solution designed
to help electric utility companies smartly manage their distribution
networks, minimize and potentially avoid outages and improve service to
their customers through an innovative application of smart grid
The Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution, tested in collaboration
with OSIsoft, combines high-performance computing, networking and
storage to manage data and provide actionable results in real-time.
Based on customer requirements and the age of the data, Dell's solution
provides three tiers of storage, enabling customers to optimize
performance at a low cost.
Leading electric utilities are beginning to leverage Phasor Measurement
Units (PMUs) within their transmission and distribution (T&D) systems to
monitor and manage the health of the T&D system. PMU measurements
provide data related to the stability of the electricity network; PMU
output can indicate either a current or imminent outage condition.
However the benefits of these high-speed measurements (up to hundreds of
measurements per second) are only realized when actionable information
from the streaming data can be efficiently retained for later analysis.
Dell's Smart Grid Data Management Solution, in conjunction with the
OSIsoft PI System™, provides an efficient, scalable platform for this
The solution's reference architecture features Dell PowerEdge 12th-generation
servers with PCI (News - Alert) Express Flash drives, and provides data in near-real
time to grid operators enabling them to quickly identify and assess the
health of the distribution grid. Dell Force10 high-performance 10/40GbE
network switches provide low-latency, high-bandwidth throughput to
handle the data demands of the entire system, and Dell Compellent's
automatedtiered storage makes relevant data readily accessible while
providing the flexibility and scalability to store historical grid data
for compliance purposes.
Supporting the Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution is a range of
service choices that simplify the assessment, design, implementation,
management and maintenance of the infrastructure. Depending on current
business requirements and the level of service desired, Dell Service
professionals can provide factory, onsite, remote, modular and
specialized services that fit specific customer needs and budgets.
Tested with Industry-leading Software from OSIsoft
Dell has teamed with industry leader OSIsoft to test the Dell Smart Grid
Data Management Solution. The OSIsoft PI System is the enterprise
infrastructure for streaming data and events. The PI System captures
phasor and other T&D system performance data, archives and
contextualizes the data including real-time calculations and makes the
data available to staff, applications and business systems.
"Smart grid technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way
power is produced, delivered, used and conserved - but only if we can
effectively capture, analyze and respond to the data that is generated,"
said Jeff Gillespey, global energy sales director for Dell.
"Managing the data deluge is imperative for utility companies that want
to make their operations more efficient, and Dell is committed to giving
them the power to improve productivity and enhance service levels."
"Today's energy distribution system is more complex than ever before.
For instance, homeowners are installing solar panels that can actually
feed energy back to the grid, and electric vehicles are presenting new
demand challenges for energy companies," said David Lear, executive
director of sustainability at Dell. "Dell's Smart Grid Data
Management Solution can help our energy customers - and their customers
- be productive and environmentally sustainable. We are committed to
putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most
good for people and the planet."
"In the utilities market, deriving knowledge from grid data confers a
competitive advantage but can stress computing systems," said Bernard
Morneau, chief strategy officer at OSIsoft. "We are very pleased to
see Dell taking up this challenge and joining us in this journey to help
OSIsoft customers address their growing data management requirements. We
will be looking to expand this collaboration to other industries and big
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