Planning the utility cloud journey
- Dec 2, 2021 4:57 pm GMT
Electric utilities across North America are embracing cloud computing as an effective tool for achieving their grid modernization ambitions. Cloud solutions are increasingly serving as the technical backbone for emerging utility capabilities such as advanced meters, customer-facing digital solutions, advanced data analytics, mobile workforce management, cybersecurity platforms, and geospatial systems. In order to securely leverage and adopt cloud platforms, however, it is imperative that utilities develop and execute a cloud strategy, defining appropriate guardrails for infrastructure, platform, and software as a service. At Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU), a municipal provider of power, water, and rail services in the south Puget Sound of Washington state, the utility has defined a comprehensive cloud computing strategy covering a variety of considerations, including solutions architecture, risk management, cost optimization, and staffing.
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