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May 22, 2009

IBM to optimise Russian Railways’ IT infrastructure

IBM facilitates rail network’s freight and passenger operations

By CBR Staff Writer

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Russian Railways is working with IBM to optimise its IT infrastructure and is implementing new technologies to better its freight and passenger management systems.

Russian Railways manages a complex system that oversees an enormous network of passenger and freight trains, IBM mainframe technology is being leveraged to migrate the freight and passenger management and financial management applications to three new consolidated, disaster-proof data centres. Each data centre complex consists of IBM System z10 servers. Russian Railways is also using IBM WebSphere software for core internal and external web portals.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2010 and is expected to help Russian Railways in achieving system reliability and fault-tolerance level of 99.9% while cutting operating costs and capital.

Valeriy Vishnyakov, director of the main data centre of Russian Railways, said: Rail networks in Russia have been using IT for more than fifty years but in recent years technology has left the industry behind. Now we have access to the most powerful and intelligent hardware and software available to consolidate our large-scale IT infrastructure. This is increasingly important to us as we are integrating our operations and moving towards a centralised company structure.

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