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China Railway's OpenStack* Journey: A Case Study

Travis Broughton

OpenStack* continues to achieve rapid growth in China, with companies seeing great recognition in the community for their contributions as well as their large-scale deployments.  China Railway is no exception.  This state-owned enterprise manages a vast railway network that spans the country, relying on an OpenStack cloud to power its critical business systems.

Working with Intel, China Railway has deployed hundreds of servers and thousands of virtual machines, with extreme stress testing of over 100,000 VMs.  In these two whitepapers, we share the design, challenges, and results of this deployment. The first whitepaper provides a case study introducing China Railway’s business and a high-level overview of how OpenStack is used to meet business objectives. The second is an in-depth technical paper providing more specifics about the deployed solutions, with detailed configuration parameters and results.

These reports illustrate how China Railway deployed Intel® Optane™ SSDs in their environment, performance testing and tuning of their data plane, and other approaches used to reduce latency and improve overall throughput in their cloud.  We are sharing this information with the community in the hopes that others can achieve similar results in their own clouds.

China Railways Case Study 2017

Sinorail Technology White Paper 1012 Final



Further Reading

Melissa Evers-Hood

The continued evolution of software-defined Cloud infrastructure and the explosion of data being created at the edge of the network are driving a wave of new uses cases along with innovative projects and technologies. The breadth of potential edge locations and landing zones makes it critical that we simplify the deployment and management of hardware and software infrastructure supporting edge computing.

Nicole Huesman

This new report studies female participation in both OpenStack leadership and governance, alongside technical projects, focusing on females who hold roles on the OpenStack Board of Directors, the Technical and User Committees, and the Working Groups, as well as serve as OpenStack Ambassadors, Project Team Leads (PTL), and OpenStack Foundation Officers. What’s great to see in the research is that the number of women in OpenStack leadership and governance well exceeds that of women in the broader technology industry