Red Hat (News - Alert), a provider of open source solutions, announced that Pattern Energy Group, a wind energy and transmission company, is using Red Hat Storage, formerly Gluster, technology to manage weather prediction data.
Red Hat Storage Software Appliance was selected because it offers high-performance, highly reliable and scalable storage. The selection of Red Hat is significant for the company as Pattern Energy is creating operating assets in the renewable energy sector.
“Our business is based on a technology that produces a large amount of data, requiring constant uptime in order to monitor and produce wind and energy estimates,” said Chad Ringley, manager of atmospheric modeling at Pattern Energy, in a statement.
“With the way we’re using the system now, it's supporting our day-to-day operations, meeting time constraints and allowing forecasts to run automated on the system. Overall Red Hat Storage is providing us with an extremely stable system with outstanding uptime and is allowing us to run our business more efficiently,” Ringley added.
Deploying Red Hat Storage Software in its atmospheric modeling operations, Pattern Energy is expected to estimate wind energy history and forecast weather three to five days in advance. Red Hat Storage is designed to allow the organization to develop new wind projects due to its ability to analyze data of past wind behavior at multiple locations.
Pattern Energy utilizes the data stored with Red Hat Storage Software Appliance to provide its maintenance crews with insight into the weather forecast. They can plan required preventative and repair maintenance, avoiding times when wind speed is high and energy production is paramount.
“Red Hat Storage is providing Pattern Energy with a business-critical storage solution that allows it to effectively manage its data-intensive environment,” said Ranga Rangachari, general manager, Storage at Red Hat.
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Edited by Jennifer Russell