RENFE gets on track with Linux and WebSphere Portal on IBM System z

Published on 22 Sep 2006

As we migrate services to Linux on the IBM System z platform, we anticipate that we will require fewer people to manage them, and our long-term costs can be reduced.

Carlos Varela, Director of IT Systems, Renfe Operadora


Travel and Transportation

Deployment country


RENFE is the Spanish national railway operator. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Madrid, the company manages around 15,000 kilometres of track, from high-speed inter-city lines to local commuter lines. RENFE employs more than 32,000 people in two separate operating companies: Administrador de Infrestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF) constructs, manages and maintains the rail infrastructure, while Renfe Operadora owns the trains and is responsible for operating passenger and freight services.

Business need
With 18 different business units, each with its own intranet solution in a distributed environment, RENFE had difficulty in presenting information consistently; IT administration costs were high, and the architecture had limited scalability

Working with IBM Global Services, RENFE deployed IBM WebSphere Portal running under SUSE Linux Enterprise server on the IBM System z platform, to create a single, consistent source of corporate information

Fast access to information on a unified platform; reduced operational costs through IT consolidation; ability to create new virtualized servers rapidly and easily, without the expense and delay of procuring new hardware


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

WebSphere Portal

System z: System z9, System z

Information Integration, Virtualization, Exceptional Digital Experience

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