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Tenaga wins acclaim for modernised IT infrastructure

AvantiKumar | Oct. 26, 2016
Open source driven infrastructure transformation delivers cost reductions, better security.

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Malaysia's electrical utility Tenaga Nasional (TNB) has won acclaim for its modernised IT infrastructure, which is driven largely by open source.

Following this move, TNB expected to realise a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and improved scalability from the move, said Nasrin Bin Abg Omar, general manager of TNB Data Centre.

Nasrin said TNB was also now in a better position to "embrace a DevOps framework with containerized applications."

The new platform will us the tools to create a stable, reliable and more secure infrastructure platform, he said.

The modernised IT infrastructure platform has resulted in a strong foundation for TNB's SAP business applications, which has given the ability for better efficiency and as well as new digital solutions for better customer experiences, said Nasrin.

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Photo - Nasrin Abg Omar, General Manager of DCX, Tenaga Nasional Berhad delivering TNB's acceptance speech upon being awarded and recognised for TNB's modernised IT infrastructure.

From proprietary to open source

With end goals that included increased workload agility and efficiency, TNB recently embarked on an IT transformation to modernise its existing IT environment that was previously based on proprietary UNIX systems, into a modern open source platform.

TNB, an electricity utility with a 65-Year history, spanning 65 years, is responsible for keeping the lights on for residents of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan.

"As Malaysia's largest electrical utility company, TNB handles significant volumes of workloads every day. In our quest to modernise our IT environment," said Nasrin, explaining why the utility turned to open source solutions provider Red Hat to help with the transformation.

Damien Wong, Red Hat's ASEAN vice president and general manager, who was recently in Kuala Lumpur to announce that Tenaga Nasional has been named the 2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards APAC winner for Malaysia, said the transformation project included Red Hat's Enterprise Linux, Virtualization, Satellite, together with consulting support.


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