National Grid selects Wipro as digital innovation partner for US and UK operations

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Multinational utility National Grid has partnered with Wipro to accelerate its digital transformation for improved operations and customer services in the US and the UK.

Wipro’s Boundaryless Enterprise solutions will be used by National Grid to combine managed services and multiple data centers to come up with next-generation hosting services.

This will result in enhanced programme governance and the migration of all server and application functions from traditional data centers.

The result will be optimal data management and utilisation for next-generation energy services by National Grid, according to the company.

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Shannon Soland, Chief Technology Officer, National Grid, said the partnership will help speed up the use of digital services “to achieve next-generation capabilities in infrastructure hosting services.”

Wipro’s expertise will be instrumental as we work to improve our operating model to align with our Net Zero carbon commitment.” 

Daniel Jablonski, Head of Cloud and Hosting Services, National Grid, added: “Our data center consolidation efforts will allow us to realize an over 60% reduction in our data center footprint as well as realise a 40% reduction in our data center CO2 emissions. 

“Additionally, this transformational programme, in conjunction with Wipro, will position our IT capabilities to enable modernised SDDC techniques, technologies, and operating model to accelerate our own digital transformation as National Grid continues to build the future of energy.” 

Other measures National Grid have implemented to prepare for future business cases include the installation of renewable energy and charging stations for electric vehicles, increasing investments in energy efficiency and demand response, and deploying green hydrogen infrastructure pilots.

In New York, National Grid partnered with utility NYPA to build the Smart Path Connect project, a $1 billion transmission upgrade that will enable the integration of 1GW of renewable energy onto the grid. Up to $700 million will be invested to ensure the transmission line in New York is able to transport an increasing amount of capacity coming from renewables, according to the statement.

Badar Khan, President, National Grid, US, added: “In just one year since the launch of our Net Zero Plan, we have rolled up our sleeves and made real progress on cutting emissions.

“We have a long way to go, but the next decade will require that we move quickly. We are keeping our customers updated every step of the way, releasing annual updates. I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far and look forward to picking up speed on the race to net zero.”

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