Dell Smart Grid Data Management Supports Utilities
(Transmission & Distribution World Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dell has 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 technologies.
Smart Grid Data Management Solution, tested in collaboration
with OSIsoft, combines 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
The solution’s reference architecture features Dell
PowerEdge 12th-generation servers with PCI 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 automated tiered
storage makes relevant data readily accessible while providing the
flexibility and scalability to store historical grid data for
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.
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.
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