It's not exactly high-speed rail, but it could help speed up trains nonetheless.
IBM has inked a deal with Slovenian Railways, which is adopting SmartCloud enterprise cloud computing technologies as well as mobile assets to step up its business operations and customer service.
Some of the moving parts in this contract include SmartCloud Control Desk asset and service management software, the Endpoint Manager for mobile device management and other IBM MobileFirst Management products.
Slovenian Railways operates nearly 750 miles of railway track and transports 15.3 million passengers annually throughout the country.
At the core of this, the Central European train company will be setting up a new cloud-based, centralized IT system that should provide more comprehensive visibility into all freight, passenger and logistics operations and traffic across its network.
The contract was actually signed last September, and the cloud infrastructure deployment is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
On the other side of the world, IBM has also opened a new data center in Peru with a special focus on data analytics.
Constructed in the capital city of Lima, the data center is being targeted at both private and public local operations, promising to improve front-end workloads.
The $8 million data center is IBM's third in Peru. Including the building of this new campus, IBM has invested roughly $38 million in the South American nation over the last decade.