When it comes to ensuring that power and utility customers get consistent and reliable service delivery, the technology in use is very outdated; actually, calling these archaic switches and storage systems ‘technology’ is really off from what they are and how they operate, there’s no technology involved by modern standards. Real technology is out there and available for power and utility providers to provide consistent service, yet many are still resisting. Power and utility providers should have moved these operations to cloud operations sometime ago since using a remotely accessible cloud infrastructure will allow access to software and hardware using virtual machines. The technology makes access simpler than ever, but some still need a bit of convincing.
Reduce Costs with Cloud Infrastructures
Believe it or not, converting to cloud based control will actually end up saving you money overtime, and upfront. As systems begin to age, they need to be replaced. Instead of sending out a technicians to replace them with the same old outdated stuff, you are just repeating the cycle of break and repair of dated equipment. Also, when you install a remote infrastructure system, companies will save money by moving to a cloud system by reducing birth software and hardware purchasing costs. This will reduce the installation time, which is traditionally pretty lengthy in nature, and reduce the cost of operation overall.
Scale Up Instantly and Improve Efficiency Across the Board
Power and utility companies can serious scale up, while maintaining consistency, by using cloud based infrastructures. A good example of how quickly you can scale up is if you need to expand and add a new server. If you needed to add a new server, you could do so in minutes. With this technology, the road goes both ways too — you can also take out an unneeded server in minutes to scale down. When you use virtual machines, your company can grow in minutes, and adjust down too — whichever what you’re going, you can create a more efficiently run business.
Increase Security and Reliability Over Switch Systems
By using advanced pre-hardened virtual machines, such as CIS Hardened Images, a power or utility company can start the system far more securely. The latest in cloud systems meets the current security recommendations for power and utility grid operations. Cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Marketplace, and Google Cloud Platform are strong testaments to the reliable operation and consistent up-time of cloud based delivery, which is completely vital to both security and continuity in service.
Better Technology and IoT Integration
Imagine what a power or utility company could accomplish by moving their operations to a more digital format. With this level of access and endless storage, a company can incorporate more devices, more programming, improve interfaces, new applications, and an endless number of other things that will improve the efficacy of any operation.
Professionals Believe in the Technology
Power and manufacturing related industries, like video inspection maker, SPI Borescopes, are looking forward to the day when utility and power companies move off the outdate switches and magnetics. Using a cloud based system is instead far more efficient, which also means more focus on larger operations. While some might resist the use of cloud technology, it’s time to embrace it!
Technologies that tend to ‘disrupt the norm’ have the ability to promote rapid growth and advancement in any given industry. The problem with technology is always the same — getting people on board with the conversion and use. There has always been some level of hesitation and mistrust that comes with the fear of the unknown, and cloud based power and utility control is certainly a good example of that. These providers might have had a reason to hold out to see what kind of issues could be caused by converting since they are associated with such large grids and a massive number of uses, but the technology has proven itself. It’s time for these providers to get on board on with the next gen technologies.
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