While I wrote a few blog entries about what the future of the WAN will look like, a trend that fell short of the WAN technology trend shortlist was smart grid technology, the catch-all name for adding today’s more advanced technologies to a “dumb” electricity distribution system.
While it’s clearly about electricity and power management, it’s also about networking, data management, data analytics, storage, security, customer communication and privacy. Consider it a new market an IT manager can and should be privy to. Those in first-world countries will need to worry about it primarily, since those regions of the world were the first to take part of the industrial revolution a few centuries ago. The now-outdated infrastructure needs efficiency and economy — today.
Enterprises should realize that smart grid technology will affect homes as it affects businesses, and those in IT will be the first to manage them. Having a clue about smart grid will give you a competitive advantage at your company. If you’re left wondering how exactly it applies to a wide area network, view our smart grid tutorial to lay the foundation to your smart grid smarts. With IT networking vendors like Cisco on the smart grid bandwagon, do you really want to leave your skill set behind?