Herzog Technologies taps Red Hat for cloud-based PTC system

Written by Kyra Senese, managing editor
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Herzog Technologies, Inc.

Herzog Technologies has launched a cloud-based positive train control (PTC) solution using the technologies of Red Hat, Inc., a leading global provider of open source solutions. 

 

Herzog says the company launched the PTC because they recognized a need for a cost-effective, open source and cloud-based PTC option. The company chose to build its new PTC solution on a private cloud that is powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux and is managed by Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Satellite.

“Red Hat realizes that we’re all working toward the same goal. Without Red Hat, launching this solution would have been a far more complex undertaking, and we would not have been able to onboard new customers as quickly,” said Travis Rollings, director of Office Systems for Herzog Technologies.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux hosts the backend to the Internet of things (IoT) system required to meet the sophistication expected of PTC, and officials say Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Satellite handle Herzog’s systems management and compliance operations.

“Red Hat’s powerful open-source technologies are helping Herzog provide railroads with the ability to more quickly adopt PTC technology, helping to enable safer and more efficient rail transportation,” representatives say.

The leading enterprise Linux platform allows for easier scaling for IoT-type network deployments and reduces the hosting footprint in Herzog’s datacenter, officials say.

Red Hat CloudForms, an open hybrid cloud management platform, has allowed Herzog to transform its virtualized infrastructure into a private cloud with its on-demand scaling functionality. Herzog is expected to maintain increased platform security and compliance with Red Hat Satellite to meet regulatory standards and manage the company’s software lifecycle from the testing phase through production.

Herzog also worked with Red Hat Consulting to introduce the new offering to customers. 

“Our work with Herzog shows how Red Hat helps organizations across industries move to the hybrid cloud and embrace an IT environment that can drive real business value and results while remaining dynamic, highly scalable and more secure,” said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platforms Business Unit, Red Hat. “By basing its cloud-based PTC solution on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and our hybrid management technologies, Herzog can deliver the mission-critical reliability and flexibility needed to drive the sophisticated, intelligent networks to help modern railways enhance safety and transportation efficiency.”

Herzog is expected to experience the following with the implementation of the cloud-based PTC solution:

  • The potential for more market opportunities by bringing a cloud-based PTC offering to a new customer segment, enabled by Red Hat’s experience in delivering open, flexible technologies for the rail industry.
  • Higher efficiency for Herzog’s hybrid IT environment provided by the management and automation capabilities of Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Satellite.
  • Lower costs due to to the open-source nature of Red Hat’s solutions—hosted solutions for rail—via intelligent IoT networks.
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