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Predicting the Storm: How Big Data Helped 3TIER's Renewables Risk Management

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3TIER, an industry leading company dealing in renewables risk management, helps businesses decide where to place their wind-farms, solar-farms and hydro-dams by giving them all the information they …

3TIER, an industry leading company dealing in renewables risk management, helps businesses decide where to place their wind-farms, solar-farms and hydro-dams by giving them all the information they need to assess the future energy potential of any location. How do they do this? Big data.


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  • 1. THE REAL BIG DATA: CASE STUDY One in a series of fourPredictingthe stormHow Big Data Helped 3TIER’sRenewables Risk Management
  • 2. THE REAL BIG DATA: CASE STUDY 3TIER is an industry leader in renewable information, It creates detailed assessments of the future renewable It’s a pioneer in the renewable energy market,helping organisations understand and manage the risks energy potential of any location, utilising the expertise providing cutting-edge wind and solar generation risk associated with renewable energy projects like wind of its meteorologists, engineers and data scientists, analysis, using science and technology to frame the and solar farms. while combining up-to-date weather data with historical risk of weather-driven variability anywhere on Earth. weather patterns.Predicting the storm – How Big Data Helped 3TIER’s Renewables Risk Management
  • 3. THE REAL BIG DATA: CASE STUDY ChallengesForecasting energy in real-time is crucial for the renewables industry and a keypart of 3TIER’s business model. Accurate predictions are essential, both beforea project goes into development and every day that project is producingpower. If a wind farm developer can give a relatively precise forecast of howmuch energy it is able to produce, then it puts it in good stead when sellingto a power utility company.To achieve this 3TIER offers two main web based services: assessments (usingthe skills and knowledge of their experts, plus big data) and forecasts (real-time data feeds, accompanied by analytics which accurately assess output).All of the data 3TIER produces needs to be accessible instantly and reliablyonline. But there were pre big data plan challenges. 3TIER’s RAID storage array couldn’t This inability to scale complicated scale to meet the demands of management, escalated costs and its workflow. limited the company’s ability to grow its customer base.Predicting the storm – How Big Data Helped 3TIER’s Renewables Risk Management
  • 4. THE REAL BIG DATA: CASE STUDY “3TIER ingests massive amounts of weather and climatedata and our in-house numerical weather models createeven more. Transforming all that data into accuraterenewable energy assessments and forecasts is a majorchallenge. To focus on what we do best — buildingapplications to extract insights from the data — weneeded to reduce the burden of data management.”PAUL ENGLISH, IT DIRECTOR AT 3TIER 3TIER’s cluster is putting out around a terabyte of data a day, that they retain and keep. Nature supplies an infinite amount of data — the more data 3TIER can process, the more it can help to provide a sustainable future.Predicting the storm – How Big Data Helped 3TIER’s Renewables Risk Management
  • 5. THE REAL BIG DATA: CASE STUDY SolutionTo solve its big data dilemma, 3TIER adopted a solution that enabled it topresent significant amounts of data online to customers. It also provided ascalable storage system with the ability to handle forecasting and assessmentapplications on a single, shared resource. 3TIER has improved operating 3TIER’s storage management and storage efficiency by unifying requirements have reduced, utilising multiple performance tiers into a a single, simple interface. single file system. Automated big data now migrates seamlessly between the tiers. 3TIER have also made use of a ‘pay 3TIER’s flexible storage option has as you grow’ architecture, purchasing minimised capital costs, as well the storage it needs while maintaining as the space, power and cooling the option to add more as business requirements connected with requirements change. storage infrastructure.Predicting the storm – How Big Data Helped 3TIER’s Renewables Risk Management
  • 6. THE REAL BIG DATA: CASE STUDY One in a series of four“Before EMC Isilon, our team had to do everything frommanual data migrations to mapping directory paths,which simply wasn’t sustainable for a business growingas quickly as ours. With Isilon, everything is simple.We’ve eliminated big data management and storageheadaches, freeing up resources to focus on the servicesthat deliver real value to our clients.”PAUL ENGLISH, IT DIRECTOR AT 3TIER