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.
The Dell 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 this analysis.
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 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.
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.