Meralco Eyes 'Cloud Computing' Tech

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Cloud computing could be the next wave of technology convergence that Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will be taking a plunge on, and this will primarily be linked to its plan to venture into smart grid.

"We have been talking about it (cloud computing). We're also looking into it from a group perspective because PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.) is also pushing hard on cloud computing," Meralco senior vice president Alfredo S. Panlilio has noted.

He stressed though that they are still evaluating the value of such information technology-underpinned infrastructure to the power utility firm's operations and in the aim of modernizing their service networks.

"Right now it's still exploratory stage whether to go cloud computing. But we're looking into it, as far as I know," Panlilio added.

In many jurisdictions and primarily in power markets embracing the reign of smart grids, cloud computing is being adopted as necessary IT and database support for the efficient operation of their networks.

Cloud computing could prop the operations of power utilities either as IT infrastructure platform for services; storage and database or even for backend services, among others.

While the Philippine electricity market is relatively small compared to others, it is necessary for frontline-servicing distribution utilities to carefully study all the components that they will integrate into their smart grid ambitions so these will not burden consumers with unwarranted additional charges. …