Blue Pillar Taps Microsoft Azure for Energy Network as a Service (ENaas) Offering

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jun 15, 2017 9:05:00 AM
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Announced today, Blue Pillar’s Aurora Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS) is now powered by Microsoft Azure.

Senior Director of Product Marketing at Azure, Microsoft Corp., Nicole Herskowitz, said “Microsoft Azure benefits Blue Pillar with its global scale and enterprise-grade security. We’re pleased to see Blue Pillar use Azure to power its Aurora Energy Network-as-a-Service offering to help businesses lower carbon footprints and avoid power outages.”

Aurora’s greatest feature is its ability to utilize a software-automated deployment approach to connect any Distributed Energy Resource (DER) or legacy asset that generates, stores, consumes, switches or measures electricity. These devices include meters (water, gas, and electric), generators (diesel and gas), energy storage, solar panels, fuel cells, boilers, HVAC control panels, combined heat and power (CHP) systems, building automation systems, fuel cells and any other energy equipment found behind the meter. With Azure, Aurora integrates a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenter that scale to the needs of energy providers and commercial facilities that want to control geographically dispersed distributed generation at any behind-the-meter site.

Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform allowing Blue Pillar to drive grid intelligence from the edge to a global network of Microsoft datacenters. With built-in data backup, archiving, and disaster recovery, it’s now easier than ever to confidently stream real-time, interval or historical data for a variety of trending and predictive analysis use cases.

Brad Witter, CTO at Blue Pillar, said “Our mission to be disruptive by breaking down the barriers associated with connecting and controlling distributed energy resources at the grid edge. By using Microsoft Azure, we can offer customers the global scale needed to control distributed generation fleets regardless of size, make, model or type.”

Learn more about Blue Pillar’s Aurora ENaaS solution. Whether your assets are boilers from the 1950s or next gen PV panels, let us connect them in a cyber-secure environment that delivers real-time data and control. Watch this short 2 minute whiteboard animation video.

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