Overheard: Word of the Day

May 26 2010   11:56AM GMT

Overheard talking about rugged IT

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Cisco says the new smart grid products are “ruggedized” for the electrical network, can tolerate higher and lower temperatures than its traditional network gear, include a high level of security, and can help integrate renewables, detect network outages and migrate older proprietary gear to IP network gear.

Katie Fehrenbacher, The Sleeping Giant Awakes: Cisco Launches First Smart Grid Products

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is rugged IT.

If you’ve been wondering (like we have) what exactly networking giant Cisco planned to sell to utilities for the smart grid, ponder no longer. Cisco announced its first smart grid-specific products on Tuesday, including a router and grid switch, which are based on its traditional networking products but have been built specifically for the utility environment.

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