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Sensors 2018, 18(3), 718; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18030718

A Custom Approach for a Flexible, Real-Time and Reliable Software Defined Utility

Engineering Department, La Salle—Universitat Ramon Llull, 08022 Barcelona, Spain
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Received: 22 January 2018 / Revised: 19 February 2018 / Accepted: 23 February 2018 / Published: 28 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances on Resources Management for Multi-Platform Infrastructures)
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Abstract

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have enabled the evolution of traditional electric power distribution networks towards a new paradigm referred to as the smart grid. However, the different elements that compose the ICT plane of a smart grid are usually conceived as isolated systems that typically result in rigid hardware architectures, which are hard to interoperate, manage and adapt to new situations. In the recent years, software-defined systems that take advantage of software and high-speed data network infrastructures have emerged as a promising alternative to classic ad hoc approaches in terms of integration, automation, real-time reconfiguration and resource reusability. The purpose of this paper is to propose the usage of software-defined utilities (SDUs) to address the latent deployment and management limitations of smart grids. More specifically, the implementation of a smart grid’s data storage and management system prototype by means of SDUs is introduced, which exhibits the feasibility of this alternative approach. This system features a hybrid cloud architecture able to meet the data storage requirements of electric utilities and adapt itself to their ever-evolving needs. Conducted experimentations endorse the feasibility of this solution and encourage practitioners to point their efforts in this direction. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart grids; information and communication technologies; network management; internet of things; security; software-defined architectures smart grids; information and communication technologies; network management; internet of things; security; software-defined architectures
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Zaballos, A.; Navarro, J.; Martín De Pozuelo, R. A Custom Approach for a Flexible, Real-Time and Reliable Software Defined Utility. Sensors 2018, 18, 718.

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