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Munich-based E.ON Metering, a provider of products and solutions for the smart grid, has selected IBM to operate its Smart Metering IT infrastructure in a private cloud.

According to IBM, E.ON will use the Intelligent Energy Service Enablement Platform to help improve the deployment and management of smart meters and simplify the integration of renewables.

Under the agreement, E.ON will migrate and host the infrastructure in a private cloud using IBM SmartCloud at one of IBM's data centers in Germany. IBM says the platform will be upgraded with new analytics and management tools based on its software that will allow E.ON to provide higher-value-added data services for customers.

Additionally, the platform's scalability and low start-up and operation costs will provide the flexibility for future growth, IBM says. Besides the first target markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, both companies aim to further market the new platform jointly in other international markets.

"Real-time data evaluation in a smart grid is growing increasingly important for energy enterprises due mainly to the rising use of renewable energy," says Martin Hauske, head of the energy business at IBM Germany. "Continued focus on data analysis and process optimization will lead to more growth and greater efficiency in the industry."

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