Swiss railway firm Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB) has deployed Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform as the cornerstone of its IT modernisation programme.

With Red Hat platform, SBB is able to deliver new services such as an updated mobile application to better serve passengers travelling though SBB every year.

SBB software architect Baltisar Oswald said:  “We recognised that the rapid pace of innovation across the rail sector could no longer be managed with a traditional IT structure and required a flexible, scalable platform, which offered us fast development options without disrupting our live systems.

“Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, with its container-based architecture, provided us with the innovation potential we required, in addition to operational stability and efficiency improvements across our infrastructure.”

SBB’s network of around 10,500 trains carried more than 50 million tonnes of freight last year, in addition to more than 440 million passengers between 794 stations.

"SBB’s network of around 10,500 trains carried more than 50 million tonnes of freight last year."

The company selected Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform as its traditional IT systems restricted its ability to quickly launch new provisions and modifications based on customer needs.

Red Hat OpenShift vice-president and general manager Ashesh Badani said: “The work at SBB is an impressive testament to the high-performance of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform when it comes to replacing old IT platforms which can no longer meet modern requirements."

The container-centric Red Hat platform is a hybrid Cloud solution built from the Docker, Kubernetes, Project Atomic and OpenShift Origin upstream projects.

It provides a secure platform for container-based deployments and allows for mission-critical, traditional applications to coexist alongside new applications.