Upwind Blog

UpWind Solutions, Inc., North America’s leading independent full service provider for the wind industry, recently has entered into a strategic relationship with OSIsoft to expand their UpWind Insight™ capabilities services providing comprehensive reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) to extend the life of wind projects, increase turbine performance and uptimes for generation power.

“Server virtualization is the masking of server resources, including the number and identity of individual physical servers, processors, and operating systems, from server users. The server administrator uses a software application to divide one physical server into multiple isolated virtual environments.” Source: TechTarget

A wind park typically has several OEM servers such as: Real-Time SCADA Server, Database Server, and Remote Access Server, all of which take up substantial space and require a lot of man power to ensure they run at peak performance. Most wind parks which have servers that have been running since COD are out of warranty (or soon to be), the parts needed to support are becoming harder and harder to find, and they are limited by legacy software restrictions. Often, in the event of failures, support staff are required to reach out to the OEM who in turn install their own proprietary applications costing tens of thousands of dollars.

Peter Drucker once said “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”

Knowledge comes from experience and data that can also be expressed as information for teaching or learning and for reference purposes. In the digital world we have created a new phenomenon, namely ‘Big Data’. If you look these words up on the internet, you might find a definition that goes something like this “Data sets, typically consisting of billions or trillions of records that are so vast and complex that they require new and powerful computational resources to process”.