Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Alstom and Red Hat to Transform Railway Communication with Edge Computing, Open Hybrid Cloud 

RALEIGH, N.C., RED HAT SUMMIT, April 26, 2021 -- Red Hat, Inc., a leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Alstom has transformed its railway communication through an edge computing strategy built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a leading enterprise Linux platform, and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. With the help of Red Hat, Alstom is driving smart transformation in the railway industry with a more secure, reliable and flexible infrastructure, giving customers the ability to deploy and manage applications across remote information technology/operations technology (IT/OT) devices while also building revenue potential for Alstom with a new railway application platform.

Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. They offer a complete range of equipment and services, from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, light rail vehicles and e-buses to integrated systems, customized services, infrastructure and digital mobility solutions. The company also provides signaling for a major part of North America’s railway networks. As communications networks and customer technology became more complex, Alstom wanted to improve signaling reliability and railway network velocity by upgrading the way its railway devices communicated with trains and back-office systems to help better predict and track issues that may occur while also working to fix equipment and reroute vehicles in real time.

By implementing and standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its host operating system on bare metal, Alstom was able to transform its railway Internet of Things (IoT) devices to a flexible and more modern solution for data acquisition and edge processing. This containerized architecture means Alstom is now able to more securely, reliably and easily deploy edge applications. The addition of Ansible Automation Platform has enabled Alstom to reduce manual processes by automating the lifecycle of edge devices - from management to patching to new application deployment - with updates delivered to fielded devices in real time or on demand. Additionally, Alstom was able to work with Red Hat Consulting to gain and apply open source best practices for improved cyber hardening.

Through this digital transformation, Alstom has been able to capitalize on the shift towards edge technology and transition from purely selling railway device hardware to offering a data-driven IoT hardware and software platform for the railway industry, with an application store for railway applications on the way.

Digital transformation at the edge with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Edge products and services are powering the latest in innovation across nearly every industry. As these technologies develop, organizations are looking at substantial market opportunity. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is able to provide a single production-grade Linux platform that can span the entirety of an enterprise, from on-premise servers to the public cloud and from core datacenters to the farthest-flung edge devices. This standardization on open innovation provides the backbone for open hybrid cloud, enabling organizations to focus on application and service innovation and not compatibility or integration challenges across an IT estate.

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is a leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

Source: Red Hat, Inc.

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