TransAlta migrates SAP landscape to virtualised environment

Electricity generator and wholesaler TransAlta has generated performance improvements of 50 per cent by migrating its SAP production landscape from a physical environment to a virtualised environment.

TransAlta operates over 70 power plants in Canada, the United States and Australia, and recently announced plans to build a new $570 million gas power station in Western Australia.


Wharfedale Technologies undertook the migration to a virtualised converged infrastructure with VCE Vblock Systems using EMC VNX storage, including data protection, high availability and disaster recovery capabilities.

The project involved multiple landscapes, and with a demand for minimum impact to the business, the WFT SAP Basis team deployed its proprietary migration approach to optimise the processes and shorten downtime.

The migration provided TransAlta with an easy provisioning mechanism for its business teams, improved system performance by 50 per cent, and increased reliability and availability for overall SAP solutions.

Michael Moore, TransAlta IT director, said, “This brings tremendous value to our organisation as it has created a platform for dramatically improved processes around system refreshes, high availability, data protection and disaster recovery; all on a simplified infrastructure architecture.”

With increasing numbers of enterprise SAP users wanting to reduce infrastructure and operational costs, Ganesh Radhakrishnan, CEO of Wharfedale Technologies, said, “We are confident that large-scale SAP landscape migrations can be completed in shorter time periods, with the same level of efficiency and reliability in the future.”

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