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Historian Software and the Smart Grid: Questions and Misconceptions

Published: 29 June 2010

ID: G00201416

Analyst(s): Randy Rhodes


We explore the role of data historian software during the coming smart grid build-out and address common questions.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Historian Market Developments
  • Historian Software Capabilities
  • Historian Software Vendors
  • Current Factors Affecting the Historian Market
    • Smart Grid Pilots Meet the Real World
    • Master-Slave Meets Publish-Subscribe
    • Time Series Data Meets Relational Data
    • Event Framing Meets Complex-Event Processing
  • Common Questions
    • Who Should Own Smart Grid Data From the Historian?
    • How Do Historians Help With the "Smart Grid Data Flood"?
  • Potential Misconceptions
    • Misconception: RDBMSs Will Never Handle Time Series Data as Well as Historian Systems
    • Misconception: "Operational Data Store" Is Another Term for Smart Grid Historian
    • Misconception: Complex-Event Processing Is Something Historian Software Already Does
  • Conclusion

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