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Securely integrate smart grid technology to maximize power grid efficiency and reliability Recently, the energy and utilities industry has been transforming itself to capitalize on the opportunities presented by smart grid technology. The digital and wireless capabilities of smart meters bring the promise of greater efficiency, reliability and visibility into the operation of the power grid. However, they also introduce vulnerabilities and technical challenges.
Simplify Smart Grid with SOA Gateways Use a SOA Gateway to Simplify Smart Grid Data Integration & Access Control Deploy industry‐leading SOA integration technology to ensure smart grid security and compliance The Move to Smart Grid Recently, the energy and utilities industry has been transforming itself to capitalize on the opportunities presented by smart grid technology. The digital and wireless capabilities of smart meters bring the promise of greater efficiency, reliability and visibility into the operation of the power grid. However, they also introduce vulnerabilities, risks and compliance challenges associated with processing, integrating and sharing data across internal silos and applications. The Role of SOA Gateways in Smart Grid Smart meters generate real‐time data, using proprietary protocols that need to be transformed into formats understood by different internal applications. Data needs to be enriched or redacted to meet governance rules and routed at high speed across disparate information and application silos. Access to data needs to be tightly controlled and censored based on a requestor’s entitlements, in order to satisfy regulatory requirements. All these tasks can be satisfied at high data volumes by SOA Gateways able to: 1. Ease integration through translation of network protocols and data formats 2. Protect connectivity through access control, encryption and digital signatures 3. Optimize traffic flow with high‐throughput, high‐concurrency message processing Below are three use cases that illustrate how these value points are applicable to energy and utilities companies embarking on smart grid initiatives. Use Case 1 – Gating Smart Meter Data A SOA Gateway can be deployed as meter data’s entry point into enterprise IT systems. Machine‐to‐machine (M2M) data collectors can connect to the Gateway over lightweight and secure channels. The Gateway will then transform and transmit data to the enterprise systems in the required formats. Saves integration costs for development Immediate Supports the security model for Benefits smart meters Scales to handle increased traffic Allows a centralized access point for Long‐Term detecting and filtering meter events, Benefits to help improve grid reliability and exception handling Role‐based, multi‐channel access control Immediate Use Case 2 – Gate Internal Access to Data enforces enterprise security policies using Benefits existing security infrastructure The Gateway can also be used to protect access to key enterprise systems that are used by CSR, Loose coupling of front‐end systems cuts cost employee and partner channels from inside and Long‐Term on migration of legacy business support systems outside enterprise boundaries. Benefits (e.g. billing, monitoring) to new, smart grid‐ aware systems and processes Use Case 3 – Simplify Integration & Mediation Immediate Additionally, the Gateway can provide a simple Reduces coding and professional services costs Benefits configuration‐driven approach to translating, Long‐Term routing and integrating data across different Improves repeatability and integration agility Benefits application silos. Layer 7’s SecureSpan SOA Gateway – Simplifying Smart Grid Initiatives Energy and utilities companies have already started to take advantage of SOA Gateways in smart grid patterns. Layer 7’s SecureSpan SOA Gateway is the industry leader and offers unparalleled smart grid functionality. The SecureSpan Gateway has been used simultaneously in all of the above scenarios. The SecureSpan Gateway can be deployed in the DMZ or inside the enterprise, as a physical appliance or a virtual machine, on‐premise or in the Cloud. This flexibility means that SecureSpan can support all Gateway needs and maximize smart grid benefits for companies across the energy and utilities sector. Key Features Governance & Security Runtime enforcement of governance policies Transport and protocol mediation SOA Governance Centralized SLA enforcement Service virtualization Identity‐ & Message‐ Identity‐based access to services/operations Advanced cryptography Level Security Management of cross‐domain security XML content filtering and threat protection Mediation & Translation Supported standards include XML, SOAP, REST, AJAX, OAuth, XPath, XSLT, WSDL, XML Schema, LDAP, Support for Key SAML, FIPS 140‐2, Kerberos, W3C XML Signature, SSL/TLS, HTTP/HTTPS, MQ Series, Tibco EMS, FTP, Standards/Protocols WS‐Security, WS‐Trust, WS‐Federation and XACML Management & Integration Operations console Disaster recovery Asset Management Policy migration Management API for integration with existing Services reporting third‐party management tools API publication Security and OAuth‐based access control API Management Optional developer management portal Usage metrics and reporting Form Factors Hardware Active‐active clusterable, mirrored hot‐swappable drives, multi‐core 1U server Software Solaris 10 for x86 and Niagara, SUSE Linux, Red Hat Linux 4.0/5.0 Virtual & Cloud VMware/ESX (VMware Ready certified) For more information on Layer 7 Technologies, visit our website: www.layer7.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright © 2012 Layer 7 Technologies Inc. All rights reserved. SecureSpan and the Layer 7 Technologies design mark are trademarks of Layer 7 Technologies Inc. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.
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