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Metering giant Itron has selected Microsoft Azure software as a cloud platform for its data analysis service Itron Analytics in a bid to outsource the need for utilities to upgrade and maintain hardware.

The Washington-based company will use the cloud computing and infrastructure platform to process the vast amounts of data drawn from its utility customers’ smart grids and smart distribution systems.

Microsoft Azure will provide cloud storage, backup and recovery capabilities as well as routine and infrastructure maintenance, patching, load balancing and health monitoring for continuous availability.

Itron confirms that Itron Analytics can either be installed locally, run by the utility in the cloud environment or operated and managed as a part of Itron Total Services.

Jeff Carkhuff, vice president of global product management for electricity at Itron, said: “With Microsoft Azure, Itron can provide better and faster service to our customers, accelerating the deployment of Itron Analytics while reducing costs.

“We look forward to benefiting from the expertise of our partner and a world leader in cloud services as we work with our customers to better manage energy and water resources.”

Water meters data

The deal with Microsoft follows a tie-up with another US software company OSIsoft, reported by in June 2014, to help Itron manage data analysis for water utilities.

The companies are working together to enable data sharing between their solutions by integrating OSIsoft’s PI System, a real-time infrastructure for streaming data and events, with Itron Analytics.