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6/14/2001



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Austrian Railway taps IT storage technology


Austrian Railways June 12 chose INRANGE Technologies’ IN-VSN™ storage networking system as the switching infrastructure for its Storage Area Network (SAN).



The FC/9000™ scalable fibre channel storage director is designed to ensure connectivity between storage systems and more than 100 servers at the railway’s Vienna data center, supporting more than 17,000 network terminals that must access ticket vending, logistics and other data 24/7.



The railway already implemented a SAN system based on a fabric of smaller departmental switches, but then experienced 400 percent server and 800 percent data growth within 18 months.



"The same employees who were responsible for managing 600 gigabytes of mainframe data when we migrated to open systems three years ago are now managing more than eight terabytes," said Wolfgang Danzinger, IT consultant at Austrian Railways, in a prepared statement.



The railway also ordered another FC/9000 unit to support disaster recovery application.


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