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Optimizing ICT Infrastructure at Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe

Sustainable Renewal and Expansion of Storage Systems for Seamless Public Transportation in and around Basel

The Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB), a significant player in public transportation in Northwestern Switzerland, recognized the imperative to refurbish and enhance their storage system environment, placing a strong emphasis on investment protection and ecological considerations. The solution encompassed two NetApp All-Flash-FAS A400A HA systems, strategically deployed across two data centers, facilitating swift responses to errors, in addition to a hybrid storage system for backup purposes. Ransomware protection was fortified through the deployment of a centralized Veeam and Quantum solution. The implementation unfolded in a phased manner, including the upgrading of the operating system and the installation and configuration of the new systems. The integration of Veeam and Quantum resulted in the stabilization of the backup and recovery processes while elevating ransomware protection. Thanks to the solution executed by BNC, BVB is now well-equipped to adapt agilely to the demands of their business operations, while delivering an efficient safeguard for the transportation system.


The Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB), founded in 1895 and operating as a public-law institution since 2006, is the largest partner in the Tarifverbund Nordwestschweiz (Northwestern Switzerland fare network). With a dedicated team of over 1,350 employees, they ensure smooth operations 365 days a year and transport more than 106 million passengers annually. On a daily basis, over 290,000 people utilize the nine tramlines with 85 tram compositions and 14 bus routes served by 139 buses.

Within BVB, the ICT department falls under the Business Division called "Corporate Services" and is named "Information Services." This department is responsible for managing the entire infrastructure related to workstations, telephony, system administration, and operation. The Information Services Business Division not only handles IT projects but also provides support and operational tasks related to hardware and software. Additionally, they ensure cost-effective allocation of available resources.


Project Overview


Thanks to the storage and backup solution executed by BNC, BVB now possesses an optimized primary storage environment along with a refined backup strategy. The flexibility of the NetApp and Veeam solutions empowers BVB to promptly meet the demands of various business divisions and allocate necessary resources as needed.

"The proficient support provided by BNC during the implementation was pivotal. The execution of our project was challenging due to the diverse technologies and components interacting with each other. BNC effectively coordinated communication with the suppliers, successfully guiding us to our objective. We are already in the planning stages for additional projects with BNC, including the transformation of our storage environment into a NetApp Metro Cluster," summarizes Martin Peraic, Head of IT at Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe.

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