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August 04, 2014

WFT Converts TransAlta Hardware to Virtualized Systems

IT services and consulting firm, Wharfedale Technologies, Inc. (WFT), recently announced that it has completed a stage of its partnership with TransAlta, an electricity power generator and wholesale marketing company. WFT has successfully migrated TransAlta's SAP (News - Alert) production landscape from physical environment to a virtual converged infrastructure.

WFT completed this process by using its VNX family of data storage hardware. Specifically, it transferred TransAlta's information into a converged infrastructure with VCE Vblock systems that use EMC (News - Alert) VNX storage. The announcement says TransAlta chose WFT as its partner to ensure successful migration from its previous physical environment to its now-current virtual environment.

Michael Moore, TransAlta's IT director commented about the relationship between the two companies and about WFT's fields of expertise.

"WFT demonstrated very deep skills and knowledge in all aspects of SAP, virtualization, converged infrastructure, data protection, high availability and disaster recovery," Moore said. "The process was collaborative, rapid, and painless; which is saying a lot considering all of the complexities SAP implementations entail."

TransAlta operates more than 70 power plants in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. Its large demand for a simplified infrastructure made the successful transition to a virtual environment all the more important. It needed to be successful and efficient to ensure that the company's operations could continue to run smoothly. In addition, the transition has made it possible for TransAlta to improve its systems' performance and increase its overall reliability.

This transition has added value to TransAlta overall, Moore continued.

"This brings tremendous value to our organization as it's created a platform for dramatically improved processes around system refreshes, high availability, data protection, and disaster recovery; all on a simplified infrastructure architecture."

Edited by Adam Brandt

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