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Dell to provide technology and IT expertise to Pecan Street
[December 17, 2012]

Dell to provide technology and IT expertise to Pecan Street

Dec 17, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Dell has announced that it has joined the industry advisory council of Pecan Street Inc., a nonprofit energy and smart grid R&D organization. As a member company, Dell will provide technology and IT expertise to Pecan Street to advance its work in energy big data.

Pecan Street is currently conducting the country's consumer energy research in Austin, Texas, including consumer electricity and gas use and solar and electric vehicle integration. In more than 400 homes, researchers are monitoring electricity and gas use from several circuits every 15 seconds.

Such complex systems -requiring two-way communication between users, producers and transmitters of energy - rely on high performing data management systems to provide actionable information in real time. Dell's decision to join Pecan Street builds on its announcement this fall of the Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution: a tested architecture that bundles servers, storage, networking, and security services with software into a ready-to-deploy solution that helps utility companies manage their distribution networks.


Dell believes that smart grids and other information-enabled networks can help utilities, businesses and consumers use natural resources in a wiser and more informed manner - improving both productivity and efficiency.

Working with Pecan Street through the Dell Solution Centers, Dell is providing the nonprofit with equipment, including; OptiPlex and Dell Precision workstations for the project's researchers; PowerConnect network switches; PowerVault direct-attached storage to enable easier research sharing; SonicWall back-up and recovery; and data center infrastructure including a Dell rack, Dell power distribution unit (PDU), Dell uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and Dell rack-mounted switch and console.

"Pecan Street is conducting ground-breaking research that will shape the next generation of energy systems. Information technology and data management will be crucial to these smarter grids, and Dell is proud to put technology and expertise toward the goal of ensuring our energy future is efficient and sustainable," said David Lear, executive director of sustainability, Dell.

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