Monday, November 12, 2012

Ok, This is Pretty Cool



The article talks about an Oncor, an energy company in Texas that services more than 3 million homes with electricity, that is using Informix (presumably TimeSeries, but not mentioned specifically) to do all kinds of bad ass things.
The smart grid is based on IBM hardware and software, including IBM POWER7 Servers and IBM Informix database software to manage the massive amounts of data produced by the smart meters. As a result of using Informix software instead of their prior data management solution
  • Meter data was loaded 20 times faster, and query performance increased up to 30 times faster. This is significant because faster processing of meter data enables faster business processes that use that data (such as meter-to-cash), and faster data analysis. 
  • Data storage needs were reduced by 70 percent and remained linear over time, allowing for predictable data storage requirements and significant cost savings.
I wrote a couple of blog posts in September 2011 after attending an IBM Smart Metering Summit in Austin, TX, if you'd like to check them out.

Smart Metering Data Summit
This Smart Meter Stuff is for Real

Now, the big question is: Will we see or hear about this outside of ElectricEnergyOnline.com and are there more TimeSeries deals in the pipeline? That would be great for Informix, like I said in 2011 this smart meter stuff is for real and IBM definitely has the superior product to handle this kind of data.

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