SMART GRID NEWS Friday Special
July 16, 2010


I've been talking to Cisco executives about their plans for the Smart Grid for a while now. As you might imagine the company is thinking big. If it gets its way, it could change the playing field forever. There's good news in that for utilities, and also some bad. This special issue examines it all.

in this issue
  • Cisco Smart Grid Strategy: The Grid's First Operating System
  • Challenges to Cisco's Smart Grid Strategy
  • The Good News and Bad News for Utilities

  • Cisco Smart Grid Strategy: The Grid's First Operating System
    Cisco energy management device


    Cisco calls it an innovation platform. But I've taken a look under the hood and I'm calling it the Smart Grid's first operating system. Either way, the important thing is that we are finally starting to see the underpinnings of a real end-to-end platform. Click to the site for details on this promising development.


    Challenges to Cisco's Smart Grid Strategy


    Cisco was a big winner in the Internet world and is looking to be equally so in the Smart Grid space. But we count at least five hurdles the networking giant will have to overcome (and you may think of a few we've overlooked).


    The Good News and Bad News for Utilities
    Cisco cloud services


    There's much to like about what Cisco is doing to connect the dots in the Smart Grid space. But for utilities, Cisco's vision may pose some real challenges. High cost, hidden lock-ins and cloud computing are on our worry list. But there's more too.



    Microsoft's Billion-Dollar Missed Opportunity
    US dollars
    That innovation platform that Cisco is touting could have been Microsoft's. There was a time when the software giant was the obvious candidate to create an operating system for the Smart Grid. How did they blow it?

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