Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 4 - Page 69

CASE STUDY T o improve its passenger experience and become the best digital airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol decided to migrate several of its IT systems to the cloud to become more flexible, secure and efficient. The airport chose to deploy Red Hat OpenShift as the foundation for its hybrid cloud environment, supported by Red Hat Gluster Storage, Red Hat JBoss Middleware and other Red Hat products to accelerate development and deployment and improve application programming interface (API) management. Supporting critical IT services With help from Red Hat Consulting, the airport deployed OpenShift Dedicated in just 10 days. The new environment supports the airport’s vision of agile, self-service processes and vendor flexibility that help its IT teams quickly and efficiently develop and deploy new customer-facing services. “Services such as our Flight API have a lot of connections to the outside world. It provides information for gate, terminal and check- in time to passengers that is also shared with our partners,” said Mechiel Aalbers, Senior Technical Application Coordinator at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one of Europe’s busiest airports, has set a goal to become the leading digital airport by 2019. This goal includes providing seamless journeys for passengers – for example, by minimising the time spent on the travel booking process – improving the cost-efficiency of its operations and using the latest technology to collaborate with airlines and other stakeholders. To support its goal of being the leading digital airport, Schiphol needed a new approach to IT. The airport reviewed its main IT services and decided to migrate some services from its Central Information System Schiphol (CISS) solution to a modern infrastructure. This new infrastructure needed to provide massive scalability to support one of the key tenets of the airport’s goal: sharing relevant data via RESTful APIs based on open data principles. “We foresaw a risk in having our open Flight API running on our critical infrastructure,” said Aalbers. “We were unable to get enough scalability from our existing on- premise infrastructure, so we wanted to see how an enterprise cloud could help.” Deploying innovative platform solutions from a trusted vendor To find a reliable open source cloud platform, Schiphol turned to a trusted vendor: Red Hat. The airport had already been using Red Hat JBoss Fuse to integrate its on-premise infrastructure with its Airport Service Bus platform, as well as Red Hat 3scale API Management Platform to manage its application programming interfaces (APIs). In addition, the airport chose to deploy Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform due to its compatibility and integration with Docker and Google Kubernetes. “We looked at Docker and Kubernetes for the new platform and we saw that Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform provided the best mix of these,” said Aalbers. In addition, OpenShift Container Platform offers access to Red Hat’s industry-leading services. “At Schiphol, we first and foremost look for open source software, backed by support. These requirements put Red Hat front and centre in our search process,” said Aalbers. “We could have selected the open source community version, but we would like to have support, so we chose Red Hat’s version. The airport also deployed several other Red Hat products, including: • Red Hat Gluster Storage, an offering integrated with OpenShift Container Platform that simplifies persistent storage • Red Hat Satellite, a system management tool that provides eas Y\X[Y[Y[U SHTBPSQSQSUԓKBPTSTBTPSSSHSTBTTTBURPK[\][وY]XB(HY][\\H\X][ۂ]ܛKY]\H[Y] [HTB(HX[Y[Y[]ܛH\ܝ^XHTH][Y[[X[Y[Y[[[Yܘ]Hۈ[Z\B[Y[\ۛY[”\[HH[][]H\[ۂو[XH^X܈[\X\B\H XPHݚ\[ۚ[H\›وX[Y[\X[[\X\B\\\Y[\]\[\\BۙY\][ۜ܈˂]ZXH\H[YYY][[\[XY[KHZ\ܝH[Y][YYX]Y H[KBSSQSS