Atos Origin picks Sand Extensible Warehouse Suite for Rail Settlement Plan

Atos Origin has chosen a consolidated storage system for the £4.1bn Rail Settlement Plan run on behalf of the Association of...

Atos Origin has chosen a consolidated storage system for the £4.1bn Rail Settlement Plan run on behalf of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).

The Rail Settlement Plan (RSP) ensures that each rail operator gets the right amount of money for each passenger travelling on the national rail network.

The originally anticipated 14Tbyte RSP archive has instead been replaced by a 700Gbyte searchable archive from Sand, which still enables high-performance and complex analytics on 15 years’ worth of mission-critical data using the Sand Analytic Server.

The more efficient 700Gbyte Sand searchable archive provides a fully visible and searchable data repository in one location, able to provide instant answers to queries, as well as being a cost-effective strategy for adhering to regulatory guidelines and data retention policies, said Atos.

The RSP is managed on behalf of the 25 train operating companies in the UK, and is responsible for running outsourced IT service contracts for all rail tickets, information distribution, ticket-issuing systems, revenue allocation and revenue settlement between train companies.

Atos Origin’s Latest Earnings Networked Nationally Over Night (Lennon) programme is a major part of the system used to support the RSP.

“We found that the Sand Extensible Warehouse Suite was the natural choice for this project because, put simply, it allowed us to effectively archive, rapidly access and extensively analyse huge amounts of complex data,” said Mark Spear, Lennon programme director at Atos Origin.

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