German national rail company Deutsche Bahn is moving its critical business applications to run on Linux servers and operating systems.
Deutsche Bahn has already moved 55,000 Lotus Notes users to an IBM eServer zSeries 990 platform running Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server Version 8.
Enterprise-wide applications such as SAP systems will be moved from Unix operating systems to Linux, together with other key applications such as the sales support system for passengers.
The migration is planned to finish by the end of 2005 when all critical systems such as databases, application servers, web servers, mail servers and network infrastructure will be running on Linux.
The rail company’s IT division, DB Systems, claims that moving systems to Linux, will lead to ongoing savings, and more flexible IT.
"Our mission at DB Systems is to develop and deliver an efficient and economical IT service for German railways," said Detlef Exner, DB Systems director of IT production.
"Linux is a key element in our strategy and the smooth process of migrating our mainframe-based Lotus Notes system is a clear sign that this major project will be successful."
IBM is a key partner and technology supplier to Deutsche Bahn as part of the migration.
The city of Munich in Germany is another key Linux enterprise user.