Itron, Inc. has announced plans to use Microsoft Azure as the company’s preferred cloud platform for Itron Analytics. The storage technology and infrastructure platform will provide a secure, reliable, and cost-effective option for hosting Itron’s analytic application designed to “assess the value” of data generated by utility smart grid and smart distribution investments.
With Microsoft Azure, Itron will have access to scalable and durable cloud storage, backup, and recovery capabilities. Itron reports Microsoft Azure is designed to maintain the infrastructure and performs routine maintenance, patching, load balancing, and health monitoring. “This will allow Itron and its customers to focus on running Itron Analytics rather than upgrading and maintaining hardware.”
Itron Analytics can be installed locally, run by the utility in the cloud environment, or operated and managed by Itron.
Jeff Carkhuff, Itron’s vice president of global product management for electricity explains, “With Microsoft Azure, Itron can provide even better and faster service to our customers, accelerating the deployment of Itron Analytics while reducing costs. We look forward to benefiting from the expertise of our partner and a world leader in cloud services as we work with our customers to better manage energy and water resources.”
Microsoft’s managing director of worldwide utilities industry Jon Arnold adds: “Microsoft is pleased to expand our strategic partnership with Itron as it utilizes Microsoft Azure to better serve its customers. By selecting Microsoft Azure as Itron’s platform for cloud analytics, customers will gain access to massive computing power across a global network of datacenters to run the most complex analytics that utilities need on a secure, scalable, and cost-effective platform that will provide greater value and increased efficiency to Itron and its customers.”