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[#SmartGrid #スマートグリッド] SAP日本で始まったスマートシティプロジェクトに参画を表明:国際的に通用するものになる事を祈ります。

December 31, 2009

SAPがスマートグリッドにどの様な寄与が出来るのか、よく理解できていないが、自社が開発したAMI(Advanced Metering Infrastructure)を提供する、ということであれば何となくわかる。 このSAP AMI、NIST他の制定している標準規格に準拠するものなのかどうか、気になるところ。

標準化がかなりのレベルで出来ていないと、このスマートシティ構想、実現しても日本にしか適用できない判例になってしまう恐れがある。 


Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:48

Armed with new science and technology companies are innovating new ways to address the needs of their individual and business customers.  Looming large on the world stage is climate change and at the recent Copenhagen summit each participating country considered changes that needed to come about to reduce the effects of global warming.

Among the tech giants supplying solutions that address climate change is SAP.  Recently the company announced its participation in the Smart City Project – what will eventually become a large network of low-carbon communities all around the world.  Other companies participating in Smart City include Sharp, Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Hewlett-Packard Japan, Mitsui Fudosan, e-Solutions Inc., and the Future Design Center Incorporated Association (FDC) in Japan.

Smart City is FDC’s first project and aims to reduce carbon emissions at the national level by integrating renewable power sources and promoting energy efficient technologies.  The goal is to develop cutting-edge solutions that will work in Japan and can be delivered to the rest of the world.

Garret Ilg, president of SAP Japan, said that his company would continue to provide smart platforms and applications at the enterprise level that encourage efficiency and prosperity.  At SAP, helping reduce CO2 levels for corporations also translates into profits.  SAP considers the smart grid to be both a challenge and an opportunity

“We, at SAP, are committed to a 50 percent reduction of total greenhouse gas emissions from the 2007 levels, which stood at 513,000 tons of CO2,” said Ilg.  “In contrast, we are committed to 200 percent revenue increase and 35 percent profit by 2014.  We also lead the market in providing sustainability solutions to 92,000 customers across the globe to become more sustainable by IT solutions.”

SAP believes that information technology can help the world develop a more sustainable society, added Ilg as he addressed the company’s role in the Smart City scheme.  SAP’s participation in the effort demonstrates the company’s commitment to a sustainable future both as a software developer for its enterprise customers representing diverse industries and under its own roof.

As the energy industry shifts towards smart grid implementation and enhanced energy efficiency, SAP software is helping utilities make the transition.  Ilg said that cooperation and knowledge-sharing among the energy industry and other players involved is more important now than ever. 

Ilg said his company is working to guarantee that its software will integrate with energy infrastructure so the smart grid of the future is possible.  Companies on three continents – Asia, Europe, and North America – are already using SAP AMI [advanced metering infrastructure] software to get ready for the smart grid transformation.

“Customers are using SAP AMI Integration for Utilities software to integrate smart meters with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer billing software from SAP,” Ilg explained.

“[The] Copenhagen summit is a good message for governments/enterprises to participate in creating awareness and we are happy to be part of [the] Smart City project which will be economically beneficial to us and also for our planet,” Ilg explained.

http://www.smartmeters.com/the-news/738-sap-at-the-forefront-of-co2-reduction.html

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[#Cloud #クラウド] 2010〜2011年、セキュリティより信頼性(稼働率)が重要な課題になる:2009年のクラウド障害を見返ると、=>

December 29, 2009

かなりの数のダウンタイムが記事として上がってきている事に気づく。 

セキュリティの問題は考えても見れば、非常に単純で、既存のITインフラで適用されているソリューション(認証、暗号によるデータプライバシー、データの保全性、等)をクラウドで徹底するだけの話である、とこの記事は指摘。  小生もそれには基本的には合意する。 仮想化技術やクラウド特定のツール関連のセキュリティは若干の難しさはあるが、基本的にやる事は同じだと解釈する。  

システムの信頼性は少し話が違ってくる。 サーバ台数が数千、数万規模の大きいデータセンタでの運用になると、その信頼性を確保するための技術、ノウハウ、というものは、一般の企業の中のIT資産の信頼性とはかなり違ってくるのが事実。  今まで無かった問題に対する答えを探す話である。  どう取り組むかは、クラウド業者にとって死活問題になってくる。


Cloud Reliability Will Be Bigger than Cloud Security for 2010-11

Establishing multi-cloud reliability and fault tolerance

We have all the tools for securing information in a Cloud: establishing trust through identity, data privacy through encryption, and content integrity through signatures.  We are overly focused on Cloud Security  issues and less on reliability.  This is all about to change.  Following the outages experience by Amazon EC2 in 2009, another premiere cloud provide, Rackspace, suffered an outage on December 18.  Using technology such as Forum Systems XML/ Cloud gateways is essential for establishing multi-cloud reliability and fault tolerance.

Rackspace Cloud Computing Outage
— According to an Apparent Networks Performance Advisory issued today, cloud services provider Rackspace experienced a connectivity loss at its Dallas-Fort Worth data center on Dec. 18, 2009. Access to business services at that data center was not possible during the outage, which began at approximately 4:37 p.m. eastern time and lasted about 35 minutes. The Apparent Networks Performance Advisory is based on intelligence provided by the company’s Cloud Performance Center, a free service that utilizes Apparent Network’s PathView Cloud service to test the performance of cloud service providers such as Amazon, Google and GoGrid.

http://ow.ly/QMUi

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[#SmartGrid #スマートグリッド] MS社がHAN向けのクラウドサービスを計画?スマグリとクラウドの融合の兆し:内容は=>

December 29, 2009

家庭内のホームネットワークをターゲットとしたクラウドサービス、と題した特許が申請されたことからこんな噂が立っている。

提供されるサービスは主としてホームネットワークの構成管理、ユーザ認証、デバイスプロビジョニング等の機能。 クラウド上でHANの管理が出来るようになると、いろいろなアプリケーションの提供等も容易になる、という狙いもある、といえる、当然ながら、MS社の推奨しているHohmサービスの導入が非常に容易になることは明確。 


Microsoft May Be Planning Home Network Cloud Services

By Erik Sherman | Dec 28, 2009

A patent application filed by Microsoft (MSFT) June 19, 2008 and published last Thursday suggests that the company is planning cloud services to configure home networks and provide a number of other maintenance activities, such as user authentication and device provisioning. In other words, it would be an automated way for consumers to let someone remotely manage their home networks.

Remote management is hardly a new concept. Corporations have been using it for at least ten years. But so far as I know, no one has offered comprehensive network management to consumers, who often have a devil of a time getting their networks to work. (Having written a couple of books on home networking in the past, I can attest to the difficulty of walking people through the process.) For Windows machines, even so-called wizards that supposed take users through the process can be difficult to use when something goes wrong. Furthermore, different devices — a router, external storage, computers — all require unique set-up procedures.

The application mentions a “web-based service portal” that would provide a standard user interface, using device APIs for access and control. The portal could potentially require user authorization before actually configuring the network.

If successfully implemented, such a cloud service could help further expand home network use and become a popular destination for people who are uncomfortable with the technical details of networking and yet who want to connect multiple computers with other devices. Such an offering would also deliver significant amounts of valuable market information about consumers, what devices they have in their homes, and how they are connecting them.

http://ow.ly/QLvF

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[#SmartGrid #スマートグリッド] Pike Researchの発行するスマートグリッド市場レポート、2015年には$200B産業になることを予測=>

December 28, 2009

特に顕著なのは、アジア市場の急激な伸び。 中国の市場を見込んでのことだとは思うが、北米をはるかにしのぐ成長のスピードには驚き。  

正にグローバル市場、といわれる所以がここにあると言える。  

このグラフによると、市場は2013年にピークを迎える、ということなので、ベンダーがさまざまな戦略を急いでいる状況も理解できる。  

Smart-grid spending to hit $200 billion by 2015

by Lance Whitney  

Governments and utilities are expected to ramp up their investments in the electrical smart grid, spending a total of $200 billion worldwide from 2008 through 2015, says a new Pike Research report released Monday.

The term "smart grid" is shorthand for a number of technologies intended to automate and digitize management of electrical power. By computerizing the 20th century electrical system, utilities and others in the power industry hope to manage and control electrical output more efficiently and reliably. Though smart grid sounds like it’s a single system, it’s more an array of different tools and technologies, from smart meters to solar power, all designed to reduce costs, waste less energy, and provide better networking and communications between homes and utilities.

(Credit: Pike Research)

Technologies to automate the grid are expected to win around 84 percent of that $200 billion, says Pike. Smart metering systems to track and analyze the usage of electricity, gas, and water will grab 14 percent, while systems to provide juice to electrical cars will garner the remaining 2 percent.

"Smart meters are currently the highest-profile component of the Smart Grid, but they are really just the tip of the iceberg," said Pike managing director Clint Wheelock in a statement. "Our analysis shows that utilities will find the best return on investment, and therefore will devote the majority of their capital budgets, to grid infrastructure projects including transmission upgrades, substation automation, and distribution automation."

Though the grid has seen some technological advancements, it still suffers from a lack of intelligence and automation that would provide greater efficiency and cost savings, according to Pike. Four key goals will drive higher investments in the grid: improving reliability and security; improving operating efficiencies and costs; balancing power generation supply and demand; and reducing the overall electrical system’s impact on climate change.

So far, development of the grid has been hurt not just by technical and financial limitations but also by a lack of vision and common standards, outdated regulations, and misunderstanding and even mistrust on the part of the industry over how the public consumes electricity, says Pike. As as result, government and industry bodies see the investment in the grid as a high priority.

As part of its push toward greener and more efficient technology, the U.S. government recently said it would spend about $3.4 billion of stimulus money on state-run smart-grid projects, with utilities kicking in another $4.7 billion. With such strong investment, Pike believes that industry revenues from the smart grid will likely reach their peak in 2013 and then taper off to become a smaller but still robust market over the foreseeable future.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10422232-54.html

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[#Cloud #クラウド] Cloud Security Alliance(CSA)がクラウドセキュリティの指針の新しいバージョンを発行。もっと構造的な…

December 28, 2009

特に全体を構成する各ドメインはそれぞれビジネスとして考えれば製品がここに存在しうるテーマであり、今後クラウドの業界構造を解説するために使える素材になる。

標準化の遅れているクラウド業界であるが、そろそろ構造的なアプローチについて共通認識が出てきてもいい頃かもしれない。


Last week, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) released its Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing V2.1. This is a follow-on to first guidance document released only last April, which, gives you a sense of the speed at which cloud technology and techniques are moving. I was one of the contributors to this project.

The guidance explores the issues in cloud security from the perspective of 13 different domains:

Cloud Architecture

  • Domain 1: Cloud Computing Architectural Framework

Governing in the Cloud

  • Domain 2: Governance and Enterprise Risk Management
  • Domain 3: Legal and Electronic Discovery
  • Domain 4: Compliance and Audit
  • Domain 5: Information Lifecycle Management
  • Domain 6: Portability and Interoperability

Operating in the Cloud

  • Domain 7: Traditional Security, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery
  • Domain 8: Data Center Operations
  • Domain 9: Incident Response, Notification, and Remediation
  • Domain 10: Application Security
  • Domain 11: Encryption and Key Management
  • Domain 12: Identity and Access Management
  • Domain 13: Virtualization

I thought the domain classification was quite good because it serves to remind people that technology is only a small part of a cloud security strategy. I know that’s become a terrible security cliche, but there’s a difference between saying this and understanding what it really means. The CSA domain structure–even without the benefits of the guidance–at least serves as a concrete reminder of what’s behind the slogan.

Have a close look at the guidance.  Read it; think about it; disagree with it; change it–but in the end, make it your own. Then share your experiences with the community. The guidance is an evolving document that is a product of a collective, volunteer effort. It’s less political than a conventional standards effort (look though the contributors and you will find individuals, not companies). The group can move fast, and it doesn’t need to be proscriptive like a standard–it’s more a distillation of considerations and best practices. This one is worth tracking.

http://kscottmorrison.com/2009/12/23/cloud-security-alliance-guidance-v2-released/

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[#DataCenter #データセンタ] データセンタの省電力レベルを計測する指標としてEnergy Starが2010年4月に適用開始予定 =>

December 28, 2009

これは、Leed Certificationと同様に、今後データセンタ向けの評価基準として採用されるケースが増えると考えられる。  Energy Starはアメリカエネルギー省の機関である、EPAが提唱している指標ですでに業界に広く普及しており、今回はデータセンタ専用の指標が作られることに。 

100点満点で、75点満たしていればStar Markが取れる。


Should we begin preparing for Energy Star for Data Centers scheduled for 2010?    
Written by Bob DeCoufle   
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
If you own, operate, design or are in some way involved with the data center industry you are likely curious about any government program that could impact you and your data center facility. In 2008 data from participating data centers was collected by the Energy Star program to help begin the process of developing an Energy Star program for data centers. Over 120 data centers submitted data and the EPA is currently finalizing the rating model with an anticipated release date in April 2010.

According to the EPA, the Energy Star rating for datacenters plans to build on the existing Energy Star platform for buildings by using a methodology similar to existing building Energy Star ratings (1-100 scale). The EPA plans for the Energy Star rating for datacenters to be usable for both stand-alone datacenters and datacenters located within office or other buildings. Similar to buildings, the EPA plans to offer the Energy Star label to datacenters with ratings of 75 or higher.

As part of the program the rating for data centers shall be based on the now recognizable PUE or Power Usage Effectiveness metric developed by the Green Grid.  PUE is calculated by taking the total energy and dividing it by the UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) energy. 

Over the past year there have been some rumbling regarding the use the Uptime Institute’s tier rating system, but recently the EPA has dropped including the Tier rating system noting that it would complicate the rating system.

What does this all mean to existing and future data center owners?

Before jumping into what you should do here is some information that provides additional clarification on the Energy Star for Data Centers. The new rating system is based on actual as-billed energy data and will serve as a whole building indicator. The rating compares a building’s energy performance to its national peer group – not other buildings in Portfolio.

Additional notable bullet points include:

• Build on existing ENERGY STAR methods and platforms. Methodology similar to existing ENERGY STAR ratings (1-100 scale).
• Usable for both stand-alone data centers, as well as data centers housed within office or other buildings.
• Assess performance at the building level to explain how a building performs, not why it performs a certain way.
• Provide users with information and links to additional resources to aid in their efforts to determine next steps after receiving an energy performance rating for their building.
• Offer the ENERGY STAR label to data centers with a rating of 75 or higher (performance in the top quartile).

Much like data center owners utilize their LEED certification for their data center to help promote their facility so will the new Energy Star for Data Centers rating system. The difference between the LEED and the Energy Star program is that the Energy Star program simply rates you based on your building performance and does not suggest on how to get there like the LEED program does. In addition, the LEED program does not have a specific category as of yet for data centers (currently being worked on), whereas the Energy Star for data centers program is catered specifically for it.

Will end users embrace this rating system? Yes, we believe the rating system will be embraced and In particular those third party providers who are eager to utilize the rating attachment to their facility for marketing purposes.  For everyone else it is an excellent way to measure your facility not to mention this rating system may be part of a future tax and credit program.

What should you do next, go to the Energy Star website and stay informed at:  www.energystar.gov/datacenters.

http://datacenterjournal.com/content/view/3440/43/

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[#DataCenter #データセンタ] ソーラーパネルを採用するデータセンタが増加:i/o Data Center社、Google社など、昼はソーラー…

December 28, 2009
現在のインフラだと、ソーラーはペイできない、というモデルであるのは事実。 しかし、データセンター業界が狙っているのは、今後一般的になる夜間電力の割引によるコストの節約。また、ソーラーの導入規模を大きくすることによってその費対効果を大きくしよう、という戦略。


Green data centre generates solar power

11 acres will be covered with solar panels

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A large data centre co-location provider in the US is starting an ambitious project to cover its roof in solar panels, a multi-million dollar undertaking that will provide up to 4.5 megawatts of power to customers.

CEO George Slessman of i/o Data Centers, founded in 2006, says covering the 11-acre data centre with thousands of solar panels will cost between $8 million and $10 million (£6m), with the project being completed over the next year. Based on today’s energy prices, the project costs more than simply purchasing energy from utilities, but Slessman believes it will pay off financially in the long run.

“Right now, it’s not really an economic solution if you just do the math,” Slessman says. “It’s more expensive than just buying the power from the utility, but we really see it as future-proofing the business. Our assumption is that power costs are going to go up drastically over the next five to seven years.”

The company’s energy costs can be four to five times higher per kilowatt hour during the day than in the middle of the night, Slessman says. Solar will provide just a fraction of the power needed once the 120-megawatt data centre is completely filled with customer racks. But shifting power use from the daytime to the middle of the night will have significant financial benefits.

I/o Data Centers is building out the solar panels in phases, 500 kilowatts worth at first, and then increments of 1 megawatt each until the entire roof is covered by the end of 2010. Slessman says peak capacity will be 4.5 megawatts, when sunlight is optimal, but the maximum on most days will be 2.5 to 3 megawatts.

In June 2007, Google completed a 1.6 megawatt solar project involving more than 9,000 solar panels at its headquarters, at the time the largest US corporate solar installation, according to Google. The i/o Data Centers’ solar installation will provide 2.8 times as much power.

“I don’t know of anyone else in the data centre space who’s doing it [at this scale],” Slessman says.

Solar isn’t the only technology i/o Data Centers uses to shift the burden of utility bills from day to night. Another key strategy involves thermal energy storage. “We make ice at night and use that to cool the facility during the day,” Slessman explains. “Power costs more during the day than at night, so it allows you to shift load to the off hours. By using solar during the daytime, we get to further push that cost down during the day when power is very expensive.”

I/o Data Centers operates with 260 customers including BMC Software and LexisNexis. The company will soon announce a new data centre and by the end of 2010 will have 300 megawatts of utility capacity across three facilities.

The power bill is passed on to large customers, those with a 300-kilowatt footprint or higher, whereas smaller customers pay a fixed rate regardless of energy costs. I/o Data Centers therefore has financial incentive to keep energy costs down, whereas many co-location providers simply pass the entire cost of energy on to customers, according to Slessman.

“It’s an inherent flaw with how the majority of data centre space is delivered typically,” he says. “The data centre developer in the real estate model doesn’t share the same burden as their customers. Building an efficient data centre is not important to a real estate developer. They’re looking to build the cheapest possible facility that someone will lease from them, because the power bills get sent to the customer.”

Slessman compares his company to Southwest Airlines, which “actually manages their energy costs, and can still give people $79 one-way tickets to Phoenix, whereas Delta, United or whoever have to raise the prices.”

Variable speed fans, efficient chilled water plants, and a sophisticated air containment strategy all help reduce use of energy, Slessman says. Slessman explains that i/o Data Centers focuses on containing the cold side of the rack, rather than the hot side.

“We actually do containment on both sides, but the critical component is the cold side containment,” he says. In a hot-aisle approach, a data centre operator is “cooling the whole room and containing the heat.”

Instead, “We let the heat fill the room and we contain the cold air. So we’re reducing the volume of air we’re rejecting heat from, which at the end of the day is much more efficient than simply containing the heat.”

Earlier this month, Slessman appeared at Gartner’s Data Center Conference to discuss i/o Data Centers’ solar project and how to build highly efficient and reliable data centers at large scale. There’s a simple reason why Slessman spends so much of this time talking about efficiency.

“Clearly, energy is our single largest cost,” he says.

http://news.techworld.com/green-it/3208912/green-data-centre-generates-solar-power/?olo=rss

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[#SmartGrid #スマートグリッド] 2010年のスマグリの10の予測: 興味深い1点: 音声/ビデオ/データ、そしてエネルギーの融合=>

December 28, 2009

この4つの融合を成し遂げるのが正にスマートグリッドの目指すもの、そしてそれを統合できる人が正に市場をコントロールできることに。


Top 10 Trends for the Smart Grid in 2010, Courtesy of Ray Bell

Predicting the next 12 months is both unavoidable and irresistible at this time of year, so here are my best guesses for what’s in store for the Smart Grid in 2010:

1) We’ll Mark Significant “Phase Two” Milestones: The first phase of the smart grid was about defining it — and it took nearly a decade for utilities (and vendors) to articulate a vision and blueprint for such a complex undertaking. Now that we’re there, it’s time to start making this vision concrete. Phase Two is about building out the smart grid, and I believe that 2010 will be a milestone year for progress in this regard. One important measure of our progress will be the number of newly connected homes and businesses by the end of next year. (By the way, Phase Three is about living in the smart grid –- and still in the distant future.)

2) A Year of Interfaces: Commercially available products with real standards and real interfaces will drive a meaningful start to Phase Two of the smart grid. That means utilities have realized that the “last mile” network of the grid is as important as the rest of its networked devices.

3) A Year of the Majors: Now that the Smart Grid is a reality, the world’s leading technology vendors are plunging into the fray. The smart grid’s enormous, complex challenges will be met with ingenious solutions from leading vendors in virtually every technology vertical. Look for new alliances among major networking companies, major telecoms providers, major chip suppliers, major retail household appliance manufacturers and major enterprise software vendors (as well as some unknown startups).

4) The Security Debate Will Be Behind Us: Shocking as that may sound, it’s true. Sure, security generated a lot of buzz (and anxiety) in 2009, but government-grade, standards-based security has won the day. The only questions that remain center around how and where security gets implemented within the smart grid. Stay tuned for lots of debate about how best to implement standards-based security. Granularity -– across devices, data, transport and systems — will play a key role in determining successful (or failed) smart grid architectures.

5) Disruption Is Bound to Happen: Yes, there are government stimulus awards being handed out, as well as contracts signed by putative (and emerging) market leaders. But which vendors are likely to succeed, and why? My prediction (setting aside my bias as CEO of an emerging vendor, Grid Net): Disruption will result from a combination of the “usual suspects” (large, well-known technology vendors) plus some new surprises (see Prediction #3).

6) Smart Grid Networks Will Continue to Be Built: Until recently, there was lots of talk, speculation, blogging, Powerpoint presentations and whiteboard diagrams — and little else. So who is actually building out a viable, scalable, secure smart grid network? Actual smart grid deployments -– while small -– are now growing (in stature, as well as volume of connected devices). As the smart grid transitions to Phase Two, the vendors that demonstrate real technology (that’s really working in real-world deployments) will have a huge advantage and overwhelming mindshare with utilities.

7) Distributed Generation and Load Shaping Will Be the New “Killer Apps”: In the mid-1990s, everyone used to ask what the Internet’s “killer app” (i.e., the application that would propel massive adoption and growth) was. Seems rather quaint from our 2009 vantage point. Yet keen minds involved with the Smart Grid are now asking a similar question. But first the following queries about distributed generation and load shaping need to be answered:

  1. How can utilities safely incorporate and distribute alternative energy?
  2. How will utilities manage and distribute all that new energy going back into the Smart Grid? Has two-way energy management been a heretofore ignored issue?
  3. How does this transform utilities’ value-add? Do they become energy brokers/marketplaces, as well as energy providers? Will deregulated markets help or hinder this process?
  4. How will consumers’ interests be protected? Who really wins?
  5. If harnessed properly, can we end our reliance on fossil fuels?

8) The Birth of Retail Energy Will Be Upon Us: With connected smart meters, utilities are on the cusp of developing more powerful ways to connect and communicate online with consumers. Moreover, utilities will need to listen closely to consumers, and work hard to deliver what consumers want. That’s exciting, but daunting. Our prediction: The birth of ‘retail energy’ will happen first in deregulated markets, where there exist meaningful incentives for both utilities and consumers to communicate and transact online.

9) The “Grand Slam” –- Energy, Voice, Video and Data — Will Emerge: Back at the start of the century, telecommunications companies described the “triple play” (voice, video, data) opportunity –- a convergence of all media into the home, provided by a single vendor, and streamed onto a variety of consumer devices (phones, TVs, computers, and more). The Smart Grid is the first opportunity to enable the “quadruple play,” and I believe it will be big –- very big! Quadruple play is made possible by the use of standards-based, scalable smart grid architectures that connect and leverage feature-rich devices and functionality, along with high-bandwidth (and low cost) 4G networking. We are already seeing both vendors and utilities evaluate the benefits of this “quadruple play” approach as they build out their smart grids.

10) Did We Already Mention the “Grand Slam”?

Ray Bell is the founder and CEO of Grid Net, a provider of open, interoperable, policy-based network management software and 4G wireless communications products for the Smart Grid.

Image courtesy of martcatnoc’s photostream Flickr Creative Commons.


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[#SmartGrid #スマートグリッド] Ciscoがスマグリに強気の姿勢:Smart Grid Business Unitの新設、Laura Ips…

December 27, 2009

25に及ぶパートナー企業とのネットワークを組織化、Accenture、Oracle、GE、Wipro、SecureLogix社等、広い範囲のテクノロジー企業が集まっている。

CiscoはSmart GridはInternetより大きくなる可能性がある、と謳っている企業の一つで、今後相当力を入れていく事が見えている。


Cisco: All bets on smart grid

Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal – by Mary Duan

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Laura Ipsen, a Cisco executive vice president, said the smart grid could be bigger than the Internet.

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From the time an electron is born to the time an electron is consumed, Cisco Systems Inc. wants to track it, understand it and help producers and users get the maximum benefit from it. And Silicon Valley’s networking giant is placing a large bet on the premise that the smart grid will eventually be bigger than the Internet.
It’s a bold marching order for Cisco Executive Vice President Laura Ipsen, who was recently named general manager of the Smart Grid Business Unit.
Ipsen said for every intelligent thing that is connected — from a clothes dryer to a plug-in electric vehicle — there will be a lot of data flowing that has to be managed and secured with “ruggedized and resilient” routing.
“It’s potentially billions of things that will be connected. It’s wind and solar and hydro and hybrid vehicles,” Ipsen said. “The smart grid of the future may be bigger than the Internet.”
Cisco tagged Ipsen to lead its new Smart Grid Business Unit, whose mission is enabling industry migration to an IP-based infrastructure for smart grids and energy management applications. The business unit already has assembled a 25-member smart grid ecosystem of technology companies, system integrators and service providers, including AccentureOracle Corp.General Electric Co.,Wipro Technologies and SecureLogix Corp., to work with Cisco to develop open solutions to make the smart grid a reality.
Cisco’s move into the smart grid arena is being driven by the utilities, Ipsen said. The company has been working with the utility sector from Cisco’s IT side for years, but in the past 18 months, the utilities came to Cisco for help in the development of a smart grid network.
Ipsen previously developed Cisco’s public policy agenda and helped advance governmental policies in support of broadband and IP-based technologies. She said Cisco’s stance is that unless the world builds out a smart grid, renewable energy will not be as effective.
For an industry built for sustainability — the utility industry — the smart grid makes sense. Cisco wants to provide the vision and architecture that will enable end-to-end distribution, while also helping commercial and residential customers better understand how their businesses, homes and devices use energy.
“The whole goal of the utility industry is to make sure the lights stay on. In California in particular, companies are very eager to pursue innovation but not at the cost of disrupting their businesses or their customers,” Ipsen said. “If you introduce infrastructure into the grid, it has to be durable. They don’t just plug things in overnight.”
Cisco currently is working on a number of smart grid pilot programs, including projects with Florida Light and Power to give residential customers a “green dashboard” for how power is used in the home. Cisco also is working with Duke Energy and several European-based utilities on other programs to make sure the pilots are replicable.
“We’re in a lot of pilots, but we want to avoid death by pilot,” she said. “We need to achieve solutions for the smart grid, not just make PowerPoint charts.”

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[#SmartGrid #スマートグリッド] 2010はスマートグリッドの年になる、という予測が多いですね。スピードが速いのは事実、既に大手企業は大方参入…

December 23, 2009


2010 a Big Year for the Promising Smart Grid Business

Carl Weinschenk 2009/12/22 17:19:25

The potential of smart grids is breathtaking. They are ambitious, spanning many miles, and many technologies, from the core of plants and reactors all the way into the homes and businesses they ultimately serve.

A couple of items during the past couple of weeks – a commentary today by Grid Net Founder and CEO Ray Bell at Earth2Tech and the release last week of Zpryme Research & Consulting research – should be enough to get anyone in the IT and telecom sector excited.

The year ahead, according to Bell, will be vital. He offers nine predictions, and it’s quite a list. It essentially tells the story of an industry that is moving from the drawing board into the field. It includes the start of building of smart grids, the commercialization of products, the entry into the fray of major vendors, the emergence of distributed generation and load shaping as killer apps and other big events. The takeaway is that a lot will happen next year and all of those activities, including economic stimulus-related projects, have substantial dollar signs connected to them.

In the longer term, the market is promising as well. The Zpryme report predicts that in 2014, 89 percent of the $152.3 billion that is expected to be spent in the worldwide smart grid category actually will pay for “devices, hardware, software, and communications equipment” that will “build, link, monitor, manage and secure the smart grid.” The press release and, presumably, the report upon which it is based, put into focus how extravagant the promise is for telecom and IT firms.

The process won’t be without issues. For instance, Embedded reports that consumers in the U.S. already are grousing about what they claim are smart meters that are producing usage figures that are too high and the fact that they are paying for these devices up front through higher rates — but only see a benefit down the road.

Complaining consumers come with the territory. The smart grid is potentially transformative to telecom and IT players, and 2010 is a key year in its development.

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