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Promise and peril line utilities path to cloud computing

July 03, 2019 / Blake Sobczak

U.S. power utilities are crafting strategies for shifting their operations to the cloud, a once-unthinkable move filled with promise but dogged by questions about security and compliance. Cloud technology uses a virtual layer of software to marshal physical computing resources like data servers, allowing users to quickly draw the exact amount of processing power they need. Utilities are seeing benefits to using virtual machines, virtualization and cloud computing in other parts of their IT areas, so the question is being asked Cant we also achieve these efficiencies in the grid said Howard Gugel, vice president and director of engineering and standards at the North American Electric Reliability Corp.the nonprofit grid overseer that sets and enforces binding security and reliability standards for U.S. utilities. That's causing people to scratch their heads.