Red Hat has announced that Schiphol, Amsterdam Airport and third in Europe in size, make use of Red Hat solutions to expand the range of services offered to passengers by supporting the goal of becoming the best digital airport in the world. With the help of Red Hat, Schiphol is creating a multi-cloud self-service platform for the internal IT team and its business partners, significantly reducing the development of new user services.
With more than 63.6 million passengers and more than 1.7 million tonnes of cargo last year, Schiphol Airport is ranked third in Europe. The over 100-year-old structure wished to remain one of Europe’s top airports and, to do so, it was set to become the best digital airport by 2018. To create a good user experience, Schiphol Has focused on creating a digital culture, introducing new technologies and services designed to simplify and improve passenger travel and airport activities.
The airport then revised its IT service strategy and sought a scalable application platform to accelerate the development and implementation of new digital services in its hybrid environment. They needed an open cloud-agnostic platform that would allow application portability – to provide greater flexibility and avoid lock-in, and integrate with partner services through APIs.
After evaluating several solutions, Schiphol has chosen Red Hat to meet its needs for an agile and modern platform that aligns with its technological vision, including open digital APIs and cloud applications based on open APIs.
Amsterdam Airport is building a multi-cloud hybrid platform based on Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform implemented on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its on-premise virtual environment. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is the first and only container-centric hybrid cloud solution based on Linux container projects, Kubernetes, Project Atomic and OpenShift Origin, and the most popular Linux Enterprise Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform. Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform offers a safer and more stable platform for container-based implementations without sacrificing existing IT investments and enabling the coexistence of traditional mission-critical applications with new cloud-based container-based applications.
With the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform in a multi-cloud environment, Amsterdam Airport also meets its scalability and availability needs at peak times. And thanks to the scalable storage-native storage solution provided by integrated Red Hat Gluster Storage, it can handle the complexity of persistent storage.
Key elements of the digital airport strategy are the services offered through the API, including the Flight API that provides passengers with gate, terminal and check-in information. This API is also shared with partners. The airport used Re Hat JBoss Fuse for its on-premise infrastructure as the main bus service. Today it has linked this on-premise service with JBoss Fuse services on the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for data exchange between main systems and cloud-based APIs. With JBoss Fused on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat 3Scale API Platform, Schiphol Airport is able to create new APIs in half the time.
“Schiphol Airport is a great example of an organization that adopts a more flexible open source platform to support its digital transformation,” says Ashesh Badhani, Vice President and OpenShift General Manager at Red Hat. “They have an ambitious goal: Becoming the best digital airport by 2018, and recognized that they need a more modern technology stack, but also a change in processes and culture. Red Hat is very happy to be the technology partner of Schiphol and the combination of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, JBoss Fuse, Red Hat 3Scale API Platform and Red Hat Gluster Storage offers a more agile platform to speed up delivery of new services.
“The Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform really stole my heart,” says Mechiel Aalbers, senior technical application coordinator at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. “The platform is innovative, allows me to quickly implement and control containers. We want stable solutions that are sustainable in the coming years, but we want everything to work efficiently. Our developers do not want to wait for test environments so we can offer greater value immediately. We shifted the risk from mission-critical systems to a solution we believe is both future-proof and we think we will use