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Multiutility application iconThe move to grid or grid-like architectures within the utility brings many benefits, such as growth of capacities, lower costs, and support for an increasing number and variety of applications. This trend has also brought additional infrastructure requirements and associated challenges. The amount of data grows exponentially and becomes larger and more complex to process like XML requiring faster servers and storage with greater capacities. Unary systems are being replaced with server farms and clusters while network topologies have become more complicated.

Connecting and managing hundreds or thousands of servers and networked storage, and incorporating server and storage virtualization technologies, has created communication challenges, network complexity and a steep learning curve for getting the most out of the ability to virtualize infrastructure. Provisioning of an application environment that consists of several tiers can take weeks and relies on many resources. Even small changes to the environment may require scheduling downtime and serial processes that take days.

To effectively address these challenges, OpenNIS offers an open and flexible solution called OpenNIS Multiutility where the utility company effectively can manage multiple grid based infrastructures simultaneously:

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  • Electrical
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  • broadband
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  • telecom
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  • water and sewage
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  • gas and oil pipelines
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  • heating water
  • and more.

It serves as one common solution for achieving complete control and maximising cost-effectiveness for multiple utilities. Data from various infrastructures can be handled together or separately.

The management can get a complete overview of all disciplines at the same time, and simultaneously enable the organization to focus on a particular discipline as and when desired.

Connectivity of each discipline is modelled independently and displayed differently in a common user interface. Separate plug-in components give access to advanced analysis tools for each type of grid.

Instead of manual procedures by which administrators create and configure the infrastructure, infrastructure resources can be dynamically created and configured based on the utility requirements. Complex deployment procedures that cross organizational boundaries can be automated and conducted in few minutes rather than days or weeks. They are less error-prone and consume fewer resources. Ultimately, this makes applications on a grid more efficient and eliminates the right bottleneck.

Advantages
  • One Common system and user interface.
  • Customised topologies.
  • Increased software efficiency.
  • Reduced operational costs in multiple grids.
  • Better efficiency for your total operations.
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