As TransCanada PipeLines Limited (TransCanada) experienced growth, their IT
infrastructure expanded and required new ways to manage and keep costs down.
They decided to consolidate their servers and engaged Sun Professional
TransCanada had about 500 servers across their enterprise. To consolidate so
many servers, Sun Professional Services conducted the feasibility
study and prepared a report outlining consolidation goals, success
criteria, and estimated consolidation and migration costs.
After the assessment, 300 of TransCanada's mid-range servers were
consolidated onto four Sun EnterpriseTM 10000 servers. A team of 40
people, which included a full-time Sun project manager, an architect,
and a project engineer, provided technical migration leadership and
architectural expertise to help retire the 300 servers and migrate
about 180 applications to the Sun Enterprise 10000 platform.
"The Sun Enterprise 10000 server offered many attractive features--in
particular, its dynamic partitioning feature will enable us to run
multiple applications in isolated environments on a single server while
conducting resource allocation on a live system," said Martin Cooper,
Manager of Technical Infrastructure Innovation with TransCanada. "By
overhauling our infrastructure, we're anticipating savings of 23
percent on hardware and software expenses and $4 million annually on IS
operating costs. At this rate, we also expect 100 percent payback in
The applications used by TransCanada are grouped according to their
line-of-business functions. TransCanada calls these groupings
"communities of interest" (COI), and they include pipeline and power
operations, trading and business systems, operations and engineering,
and enterprise services. Within these communities, applications are
further grouped into two additional areas with different servers
covering each: business critical for those requiring 24x7 availability
and non-business critical for those requiring standard business-hour
TransCanada is seeing improved performance in applications that were
migrated to the Sun Enterprise 10000 server. "We need a standardized
environment, something more manageable, as opposed to the fully
distributed environment we had," Cooper notes. "The Sun Enterprise
10000 server meets our criteria for flexibility, scalability and
dynamic configuration capabilities, which enables us to add resources
to systems encountering performance- or capacity-related issues."
TransCanada uses Sun StorEdgeTM T3 arrays based on the
recommendations by Sun Professional Services and their proven
performance during testing. VERITAS NetBackup software provides the
backup and recovery solution. TransCanada is moving toward a JavaTM
technology-based environment with a business model architecture.
They currently use Java technology for internal business applications.
Other advantages Sun offered TransCanada include the training courses
which helped the TransCanada team build on their knowledge. SunSpectrum
GoldSM support agreements provide TransCanada with on-site hardware
service, problem escalation support, 24x7 online access to the Sun
Online Service Center for technical information and software patches,
and 24x7 priority telephone access, as well as use of the Sun Vendor
Integration Program (SunVIPSM).
"As our organization keeps growing and changing, we'll be taking a
close look at migrating our numerous core business applications to the
Sun FireTM 15K Server. Of interest to us is its expanded
functionality, scalability, and manageability," says Cooper. "The
performance increase we can gain for our applications with the 900 MHz
UltraSPARCTM III processors is also something of key interest. When
the time comes, we're confident that Sun can provide what's needed for
architecting and implementing a high-availability environment in our
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