The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in the US has selected Nutanix to design an enterprise Cloud solution to improve performance and simplify management of the region's rail network services.

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, the rapid transit elevated and subway system connects San Francisco with cities in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties.

BART selected Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform to simplify and consolidate operations and deployment, as well as deliver the scalability required to support its needs as a transit system that averages 129 million trips a year.

BART chief investment officer Ravi Misra said: “When we first set out to build our own in-house enterprise Cloud, we realised we would need products from six different vendors to build a solution that none of them would own.

“Nutanix was able to deliver what those six different vendors could and more, since we are also able to take advantage of their excellent customer service when challenges arise.”

"Transportation infrastructure can benefit greatly from the enterprise Cloud, which delivers business transformation through scalable, easy-to-use services."

The solution powers BART’s Oracle-based HR, finance and mission critical maintenance systems and delivers on-demand compute.

It also helps the system drive availability gains on enterprise applications and enables BART to meet critical maintenance windows for its trains, while ensuring maximum availability for passengers.

Nutanix Americas West and Canada vice-president Anton Granic said: “Transportation infrastructure can benefit greatly from the enterprise Cloud, which delivers business transformation through scalable, easy-to-use services.

“Nutanix has provided BART an underlying foundation for business critical applications that will help this public transit service scale to meet increasing ridership and IT demand over the coming years.”

The operational simplicity of the solution allows BART to streamline the number of individuals managing its IT environment by 50%.

Furthermore, BART was also able to reduce its datacenter footprint by 67% from six racks to two.