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Networking trends 2017: Cloud, wireless, pace change
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of Special Edition, October 2017, Vol. 1, No. 4
Steve Martin said he is capitalizing on one of the most significant networking trends. Martin, vice president and chief digital officer for GE Energy Connections, sees great potential for modeling weather patterns in real time to estimate the yield from distributed energy resources, including wind and rooftop solar. Fortunately, cloud networking lets him study real clouds to get the weather information he needs. The cloud clearly pays dividends for the large utility customers of Atlanta-based GE Energy Connections. The company, which provides equipment and software for utilities to produce and manage electric power, saves its customers considerable sums of money by putting its computing resources in the cloud, where computing power costs cents rather than dollars, Martin said. "You need to be able to look at weather patterns on a minute-by-minute basis," Martin said. "What is the yield from those distributed resources? What will I do about it? That's a great use of the cloud," said Martin, who served previously as general ...
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