The Technical Business Case
Energy Company selected Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) Elastic Cloud Compute (“EC2”) infrastructure to be able to deploy analytics software with a high degree of elasticity and scalability. The purpose of the software is to gather unit telemetry data and provide real-time reporting back to both Energy Company’s solar and local power company customers. This required communication between modules installed on solar power systems and the analytics platform in EC2.
The solar panel modules connect to a private machine-to-machine (“MTM”) network over Verizon’s wireless LTE infrastructure. The objective of the project was to configure secure bidirectional communication between as many as 4,000 devices on the Verizon MTM network and the EC2 environment. In order to ensure end-to-end Quality of Service (“QoS”) and data integrity, two network interconnects would be required. First, connectivity between the modules and Energy Company’s private MPLS network required a private wireless gateway (PWG) between the Verizon private LTE network and the Verizon Private IP MPLS network. Next, in order to ensure dedicated and secure connectivity between the MPLS WAN and the AWS EC2 environment, Energy Company desired to utilize Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect (“SCI”), a rapid-deployment SDN interconnection between the Verizon MPLS network and numerous Cloud Service Providers (“CSPs”), including AWS. The PWG and SCI tie the end station modules, the Verizon LTE network, the Verizon MPLS backbone, and the EC2 infrastructure into a single end-to-end, secure, private network.