Dell enters utility market with PMU data management solution


Round Rock, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 4, 2012 – Dell is making its foray into the utility market with a new bundled solution for the management of data from phasor measurement units (PMUs).

The Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution, tested in collaboration with OSIsoft, combines high performance computing, networking and storage to manage data and provide actionable results in real time, according to a statement. Based on customer requirements and the age of the data, the solution provides three tiers of storage, enabling customers to optimize performance at a low cost.

PMUs are being deployed within transmission and distributions systems to monitor and manage the health of these systems. With up to hundreds of measurements per second, their benefits are only realized when actionable information from the streaming data can be efficiently retained for later analysis.

The solution’s reference architecture includes Dell PowerEdge 12th-generation servers with PCI Express Flash drives. 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.

Dell has teamed with OSIsoft to test the 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.

“Smart grid technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way power is produced, delivered, used and conserved – but only if we can effectively capture, analyze and respond to the data that is generated,” said Jeff Gillespey, global energy sales director for Dell.“Managing the data deluge is imperative for utility companies that want to make their operations more efficient.”