For anyone who runs a utility company, large or small, network optimization needs to be a clear area of focus. It’s imperative that you deliver reliable, uninterrupted service to all of your customers, and strong network connectivity will always play a pivotal role in that. If your network is strong, your business will be strong as well – and the converse is also true. A sub-optimal network is a recipe for disaster.
Luckily, Cisco has emerged as a trustworthy partner to guide utility companies as they beef up their networks. Cisco understands the challenges of today – for example, they know that per IDC data, 70% of large utility companies will be gearing their operations around analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) by the end of 2020. With these trends in mind, Cisco offers intuitive networks and easy-to-use management tools that help streamline operations, cut costs, and reduce downtime. It’s never been easier to embrace the future of networking.
Another key trend Cisco understands is the convergence of information technology (IT) systems with operational technology (OT) systems. As IT/OT convergence transforms the utility market, it becomes essential that companies have technology that’s native to both fields, which will help with everything from power generation to transmission and distribution. Cisco, as a leader in industrial networking, is uniquely positioned to meet this challenge.
Cisco also knows the importance of field area networks (FANs) in the utility industry, as they enable the monitoring and control of distribution networks. A good FAN should ensure reliability, efficiency, and safety for any utility. That’s why Cisco offers a multi-service FAN solution that makes it easy to converge many distribution automation use cases across a single architecture. This results in a simplified infrastructure, easier IT management, and a lower total cost of ownership.
Security is also a key concern, of course. When it comes to keeping a utility grid secure, there are a number of key considerations to keep in mind, including segmentation, visibility, and automation. Cisco helps you keep on top of all of the above. Seeing as utilities have recently become a rich target for cyberattacks, Cisco knows the importance of safeguarding your infrastructure, and their solutions include mechanisms for segmenting your environment and detecting suspicious behavior quickly.
For anyone running a utility company these days, there are a great many challenges to confront, ranging from service quality to budget constraints to cybersecurity. Through all of this and more, Cisco works together with utilities to solve problems holistically. And in Zones, you’ve got a business partner that can help you get your Cisco solutions up and running quickly and effectively. Zones is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, which means we have the deepest level of expertise into their offerings. As you prepare to implement new IT solutions that will revolutionize the way you do business, we’re ready to begin working with you today.
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