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Starts tomorrow: DistribuTECH Exhibition Floor Opens – come see Cisco!

The preparations are almost complete. The Demonstrations are ready. The Experts are waiting for you. Come visit us at the Show!

Cisco under the Spotlight

                                                     Cisco under the Spotlight

There are some cool goings-on at the Cisco Booth at DistribuTECH this year.

Our previous posts (DistribuTECH, Cisco, Business and Technical (IT and OT) Solutions. See them all in San Diego February 3rd-4th my me, Peter Granger, and Cisco Demonstrating Solutions for a variety of utilities needs at DistribuTECH, by my colleague Clara Alvarado), told you what to expect. So this is just a little reminder.

Everyone knows that Cisco is big in the IT and carpeted areas of Enterprise customers, but did you know (I feel a car insurance commercial coming on!) just how relevant we are now in the operational side. Just take a look at the specialized technology we have that is ruggedized for harsh environments and outdoor use.

Did you know - not just carpeted areas any more!

Did you know – not just carpeted areas any more!

 

At the booth we even have out own outdoor neighborhood utility pole on display with some of that equipment mounted on it!

Field Area Networks, Substation Automation – even Smart Metering are all available today, in many cases working with our partners to deliver a complete technology and service solution.

Since security and safety are top-of-mind we’ll devote some of the booth to the Secure Ops Solution for Industrial Control Networks, under the “Strengthen Security and Compliance” banner, along with showing Cisco Security for Utilities with FirePOWER under the “Protect SCADA Systems banner”. Lots more to see – look  out for our show updates during the week, and some live video we’ll be capturing to summarize the demos and recognize the real business value of the solutions.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow when the show opens.

Remember that you can still book meetings as I reported in my last blog:

Contact Sandra Bullock to schedule a meeting.

            Contact Sandra Bullock to schedule a meeting.

…”I’m happy to tell you that there will be opportunities to meet up with industry experts and technology specialists at our booth to discuss your most pressing concerns and how Cisco and and our partners can help. Here’s how: to schedule a booth tour or customer/partner meeting, contact Samantha Bullock. Sandra will help make it happen.”

And I want to say a special ‘Thank you’ to all the folks who (quite literally as it happens!) weathered the storms to get here!

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Cisco Demonstrating Solutions for a variety of utilities needs at DistribuTECH

The theme of Cisco during its 6th participation in Distributech will be “Providing powerful networks for the world’s most critical infrastructures”, and that is exactly what the demos in our booth will be…

Field Area Networks
The Cisco vision for the Field Area Network (FAN) is to help enable pervasive monitoring and control of energy distribution networks to enhance energy delivery and build a low carbon society. Addressing the need of multiple use cases such as advanced metering infrastructure, distribution automation, and remote workforce management, this demo will showcase some of the latest additions to the Connected Grid product portfolio including:
● Cisco IR 500 Series Distribution Automation Gateway
● PLC NAN modules
● WiMAX WAN modules for the Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers
● The Connected Grid Network Management System

Substation GridBlock
See how you can securely manage millions of endpoints over multivendor, multitechnology, multiservice utility communication networks with our connected grid network management solution. This solution provides enterprise-class visibility, as well as end to end monitoring and control across your network communications by supporting integration with application layer platforms.

Security
If some of your more pressing needs are around security, you will get a first-hand look at a better way to manage cyber-security risk in industrial control networks and critical infrastructure networks. The Secure Ops demo will showcase situational awareness and compliance dashboards that make it easier to manage assets and secure the perimeter between enterprise and operational networks. In the Industrial Cybersecurity demo we’ll demonstrate the security measures an organization can take to detect, prevent, and remediate cybersecurity incidents.

Collaborative Solutions
During hurricanes, ice storms, and other natural disasters, first responders need to be able to connect and collaborate with a common operating view. Come learn how our incident response and workforce enablement solutions unify command and control communications. Enhance safety and security operations. And deliver better situation awareness with mobility and rich media. So our heroes can connect and collaborate over any device, network, or media whether in the field, operations center, or a remote location.

Enabling Your Own Applications
Here we will be showcasing our Cisco IOx platform. In this demo area visitors will learn how they can develop their own smart applications to capitalize on the power of fog computing. Cisco IOS Software, the industry-leading networking operating system, comes together with Linux, the leading open source platform, to enable developers to create IoT applications such as data aggregation, control systems, and access control and have them run on edge network devices.

Visit us in booth # 3413 to see demonstrations of our expanded portfolio and continued commitment to helping utilities succeed in providing better and more reliable customer service, while helping workers stay safe and helping organizations lower costs.! Read More »

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DistribuTECH, Cisco, Business and Technical (IT and OT) Solutions. See them all in San Diego February 3rd-4th

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Once again Cisco will be taking part at DistribuTECH this year, and we look forward to welcoming you onto our Booth 3413 (map below). The event is being held at the San Diego Convention Center is southern California from the 3rd to the 5th February You’ll learn how utilities worldwide are working with Cisco, together with our partners, to lower costs and deliver more services on a single, intelligent, secure platform. 

HAK22620 - for webWe at Cisco get a lot of requests from customers to meet up and discuss their special problems whether to do with IT or Operational Technologies (OT), business process issues or industry-related concerns such as regulations, security or compliance. After a short discussion we often find that they are not alone. Many of the challenges they have are similar to those other organizations in the industry. That’s where our expertise comes in. We can show you where we’ve helped customers in the utility sector already.

As a result, I’m happy to tell you that there will be opportunities to meet up with industry experts and technology specialists at our booth to discuss your most pressing concerns and how Cisco and and our partners can help. Here’s how: to schedule a booth tour or customer/partner meeting, contact Samantha Bullock. Sandra will help make it happen.

We’ll have an exciting set of demonstrations available, showing Field Area Networks, Industrial Cyber-security (THE hot topic these days), Collaborative Solutions, Substation gridblock, and Fog computing in the form of Cisco IOx and partners. More about them in our next Energy Industry Blog! Read More »

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Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) Case Study features Cisco, NetApp and SAP along with Benefits

Many parts of the world are undergoing structural reform in terms of their utilities and services, and Electrical Utilities are no exception. Privatization was opening up both opportunities and challenges for the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC). “With greater competition on the horizon, the company needed to push its efficiency to the next level”, says a new Cisco case study that talks about the business challenges and how Cisco is helping EAC address them.

As the case study mentions, EAC uses SAP applications for almost every area of business, from materials and warehouse management to enterprise resource planning, finances, and human resources. By improving performance of these SAP applications, EAC realized that it could boost productivity and help departments run smoother across the organization. So that’s what it’s doing.

EAC Quote

 

So  EAC turned to Cisco and our partners to provide a solution that could help EAC take cycles out of the business whilst still maintaining agility and resilience and allowing them to scale for the future. That solution has, at the heart of it, the Cisco FlexPod environment, built around Cisco® Unified Data Center solutions and NetApp storage (supported via the FlexPod Cooperative Support Model), and helps get gets the most out of SAP applications.

Some pretty compelling Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) numbers are expected, along with other valuable business benefits as outlined in the case study:

EAC TCO Graphic

  • Reports that used to take 24 hours to complete take far less time – great for managers to get visibility into the business sooner
  • Faster closing of monthly financial periods – faster visibility into the Utility’s performance
  • Faster migration of user applications down from two to three months to just one month so users can be up-and-running with less delay.
  • Backups that used to take 40 hours can now be completed in only 45 minutes, getting systems up to speed faster than ever.

All-in-all an impressive improvement. I’ll leave the last word to Phanos Kolokotronis, IT manager and CIO, Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) as he states in the case study:

EAC IT Quote

To read more about EAC, the business, and the solution offered with product lists from Cisco and the Cisco Partners (which includes Oracle for the database along with the Oracle Customer Care and Billing application; SAP ECC6; Esri GIS and the Aspect Contact Centre software) click here.

Let us know if you have a similar story you’d like to share and, as always, please engage us with comments telling us  your views.

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Join Cisco at European Utility Week 4-6 November 2014

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Join Cisco at European Utility Week 2014  (4-6 November, 2014 in Amsterdam) to gain perspective on key industry issues and learn why utilities worldwide are choosing Cisco to lower their costs and deliver more value from their operations on a single, intelligent and secure platform.

I’m looking forward to meeting up with you at the European Utility week this week. It’s a chance for Cisco to show you some of our newest offers and solutions, but more importantly for us to hear from you at our booth and during the conference.

Come experience our range of industry use case demonstrations and our Ecosystem of Cisco and partners solutions that cover the Utilities and related industries: Field Area Network, Grid Security, Grid Operations, Fog Computing, Distribution Automation, Data Analytics, and a lot more besides!

Over the course of three days, industry leaders come together at this event to discuss the challenges that lie ahead and agree on a path of action that will involve the adoption of specialized and technical solutions. Cisco will be showing several demonstrations and experts will be on hand to talk to you about your care-abouts and discuss how Cisco is highly relevant to your business. Industry partners such as ATOS and Intel will also be sharing their demonstrations at our booth.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Click here or on the picture to see an online floor plan

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