Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Herzog Technologies, a leader in the railroad signal and communications industry, has launched a cloud-based positive train control (PTC) solution using Red Hat technologies. The enterprise-grade foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides the backend to the complex IoT system required for the intelligence and dynamism expected of PTC, while Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Satellite help Herzog with systems management and compliance. Combined, Red Hat’s powerful open source technologies are helping Herzog provide railroads with the ability to more quickly adopt PTC technology, helping to enable safer and more efficient rail transportation.
Without Red Hat, launching this solution would have been a far more complex undertaking, and we would not have been able to onboard new customers as quickly.
A highly-advanced system that is designed to stop trains before certain types of accidents can occur, PTC is aimed at making rail transportation safer and is the focus of a rail safety initiative1 in the United States, backed by Congressional mandate. Railroads, particularly smaller carriers, however, may struggle to implement PTC due to the financial and technical burdens required to fully deploy a complete, on-premise solution, which can include large sensor networks and significant computing resources. To help meet the requirements of these railroads, Herzog Technologies saw a need for a more cost-effective, open source and cloud-based PTC offering.
Herzog chose to build its new PTC solution on a private cloud powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux and managed by Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat CloudForms. The leading enterprise Linux platform allows for easier scaling for IoT-type network deployments and helps minimize the hosting footprint in Herzog’s datacenter, thanks to the flexible, stable foundation that it provides. Red Hat CloudForms, an award-winning open hybrid cloud management platform, has helped Herzog transform their existing virtualized infrastructure into a private cloud, through its on-demand scaling functionality. Red Hat Satellite helps Herzog maintain greater platform security and compliance with various regulatory standards, as well as manage their software lifecycle from testing through production. Herzog also worked with Red Hat Consulting to help bring their new offering to market.
With their new cloud-based PTC solution built on Red Hat technologies, Herzog has experienced:
The potential for more market opportunities by bringing a cloud-based PTC offering to a new customer segment, enabled by Red Hat’s experience in delivering open, flexible technologies for the rail industry.
Higher efficiency for Herzog’s complex, hybrid IT environment, provided by the management and automation capabilities of Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Satellite.
Improved costs thanks to the open source nature of Red Hat’s solutions (hosted solutions for rail) via intelligent IoT networks.
Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platforms Business Unit, Red Hat
“Our work with Herzog shows how Red Hat helps organizations across industries move to the hybrid cloud and embrace an IT environment that can drive real business value and results while remaining dynamic, highly scalable and more secure. By basing its cloud-based PTC solution on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and our hybrid management technologies, Herzog can deliver the mission-critical reliability and flexibility needed to drive the sophisticated, intelligent networks to help modern railways enhance safety and transportation efficiency.”
Travis Rollings, director, Office Systems, Herzog Technologies
“Red Hat realizes that we’re all working toward the same goal. Without Red Hat, launching this solution would have been a far more complex undertaking, and we would not have been able to onboard new customers as quickly.”
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