Dell has joined the industry advisory council of Pecan Street Inc. and will provide technology services to the nonprofit energy and smart grid research and development organization, the company reported Tuesday.
David Lear, executive director of sustainability at Dell, said Pecan Street is conducting research that will shape the next generation of energy systems.
“Information technology and data management will be crucial to smarter grids, and Dell is proud to put technology and expertise toward the goal of ensuring our energy future is efficient and sustainable,“ he added.
As a member, Dell will work with Austin, Tx.-based Pecan Street to advance the organization“™s work in energy big data.
Dell solution centers will provide Pecan Street with data center equipment, including:
· OptiPlex and Dell Precision workstations for the project“™s researchers
· PowerConnect network switches
· PowerVault direct-attached storage to enable easier research sharing
· SonicWall back-up and recovery
· Data center infrastructure, including a Dell rack, Dell power distribution unit, Dell uninterruptible power supply and Dell rack-mounted switch and console
According to the article, Pecan Street is monitoring electricity and gas use in more than 400 homes from several circuits every 15 seconds.
Such complex systems require two-way communication between users, producers and transmitters of energy.
The effort relies on high performing data management systems to provide actionable information in real time.
Dell said its decision to join Pecan Street builds on its recent announcement of its smart grid data management solution, an architecture that bundles storage, networking and security services to help utility companies better manage their distribution networks.