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Cloud computing and the smart grid

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, July 08, 2011

As cloud computing becomes increasingly popular as businesses adopt the technology, some industry watchers assert that utilities can benefit from switching to the cloud. However, cyber security experts are wary of such a transition, citing the potential cyber security issues it presents.

TMCnet reports that utilities are mulling whether to embrace the cloud as other business sectors have over the past few years. Utilities generate an enormous amount of data and according to some industry watchers, the cloud presents an opportunity for them to unload that information without housing it on-site, saving a significant amount of money.

What's more, the cloud could help utilities to more actively and efficiently identify, patch and monitor power supply disruptions. With the cloud, utilities could conceivably identify problems from a remote location and restore power in a matter of minutes instead of days, as is sometimes the case.

The smart grid provides transmission and distribution management system operators with the ability to have increased automation over two-way communications, according to the news provider, and that could also benefit utilities in terms of their maintenance and operations costs.

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