German Railways Achieve Major Milestone in Strategic Move to Linux

With the Successful Move of 55,000 Lotus Notes Users to Linux, the First Milestone in the Deutsche Bahn's Strategic Enterprise-Wide Linux Migration Has Been Achieved

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FRANKFURT, GERMANY - 02 Feb 2005: Deutsche Bahn, the company that manages the German railway system, has successfully completed the migration of their Lotus Notes system to an IBM eServer zSeries 990 running Linux.

Deutsche Bahn chose Linux as the strategic server platform for its IT infrastructure, on the advice of their IT service provider, DB Systems, who believes the benefits will be continuous cost savings, higher flexibility in terms of vendor-independence, and integration advantages as the migration project is rolled out.

Deutsche Bahn's IT systems will be migrated to Linux in a step-by-step process. Enterprise-wide applications like SAP systems will be moved from Unix to Linux, together with other key applications such as the sales support system for passengers. The information system for train timetabling has already been moved from an HP Non-Stop platform to Linux.

"Our mission at DB Systems is to develop and deliver an efficient and economical IT service for German railways. 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," says Detlef Exner, Director of IT Production.

DB Systems initiated the project in 2003, and took the final decision to make Linux the strategic server platform throughout Deutsche Bahn in 2004. 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.

IBM is a key partner and technology vendor to Deutsche Bahn, actively supporting the Linux migration by advising on best practice for migration and Linux implementations across all of IBM's technology platforms in both software and servers.

"IBM congratulates Deutsche Bahn on their visionary decision to move all critical systems to Linux. This strategic choice is further proof that Linux has matured as a strategic enterprise platform offering a variety of advantages like cost savings, shorter development time and high level of security. IBM continues to deliver strong support for Linux across all of IBM's technology platforms as still more companies look for simple, safe and cost-effective enterprise computing," said Steve Menadue, VP IBM Systems and Technology Group EMEA.

Lotus Notes is being used for Deutsche Bahn's mail system supporting 55,000 users, and as the technology platform for more than 5,500 databases containing 6.5 Terabytes of data. The system runs on an IBM eServer zSeries 990 with SuSE Linux Enterprise Server Version 8.

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