Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Order RM20-8-000, which acts on stakeholder responses to last February’s Notice of Inquiry regarding the use of virtualization and cloud computing services in BES operations.  In it, the Commission offers their support for the two projects NERC is presently managing on the topic and sets a goal to explore the use of virtualization and cloud services for platforms supporting BES reliability operating services.

FERC has given NERC until 1/1/22 to submit the findings from a cloud computing and virtualization services assessment.  In the interim, entities looking to integrate the new technologies should employ controls suggested in the CMEP Practice Guides on the topics.