China Railway: Making the move to cloud computing

Using IBM Power Systems virtualization to implement infrastructure as a service

Published on 30 Sep 2012

If I had one thing to suggest to those considering a project like this, it would be to come visit us and take a look at our system. Experience first-hand what can be done to optimize the business and processes.

Du Yao, IT System Administrator, China Railway

China Railway Materials Commercial Corporation

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Deployment country


Beijing-based China Railway Materials Commercial Corporation is a large-scale, state-run enterprise that supplies and supports the country’s vast rail network. It has 18 storage and transportation bases around the country, with an area totaling more than 1.55 million square meters. The organization has 27 subsidiaries across China, 10 holding companies, two overseas companies and a logistics college.

Business need
Business growth at China Railway Materials Commercial Corporation (China Railway) created significant challenges at its data center with underutilized hardware and rising costs for equipment, operation and maintenance.

China Railway worked with IBM Business Partner BeiJing Teamsun Technology to create a virtualized infrastructure, offering computing services to its many subsidiaries through infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) management.

Optimizing resource allocation and delivery helped reduce the company’s time to market by 50 percent, while cutting costs for equipment and systems management by one-third.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

IBM Systems Director Enterprise Edition for Power, IBM Systems Director VMControl, PowerVM

Power 750, Power Systems

Cloud Computing, Cloud & Service Management, Service Oriented Architecture, Virtualization

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