Schweizerische Südostbahn

A future-proof, high-availability data centre for Swiss railway operator SOB

SOB (Schweizerische Südostbahn) is a Swiss regional railway company jointly owned by local and central government. It serves some 13 million passengers per year. The punctuality of its trains is a top priority, which means extremely reliable IT is a must. To minimize outages, SOB decided to establish a backup data centre, and turned to Rittal to design, plan and build the new facility.

Rittal is a totally dependable partner. They rewarded our confidence by providing exactly the infrastructure we required – on time and on budget.
Daniel Kobler, Head of ICT at Schweizerische Südostbahn

Efficient use of limited space

The space available to house the backup data centre was limited and with an irregular floorplan.  Rittal Switzerland designed a layout tailored to these constraints. It includes an enclosure system, integrated in-row cooling and UPS, and sensor-based monitoring.  The solution is scalable, giving SOB a high degree of investment protection.

End-to-end project execution by a committed team

Rittal took a holistic approach to managing and executing the project, organising and coordi-nating all construction activities efficiently and effectively.  While the designated installation space was being prepared, Rittal configured the enclosures and corresponding components. The preconfigured system was delivered and installed en bloc. In other words, SOB was supplied with a turnkey equipment room ready for the installation of the IT hardware.
SOB praises Rittal’s commitment to providing a truly end-to-end service. Engineering, planning, and implementation were performed with great care – and to the highest profes-sional standards.


Schweizerische Südostbahn AG
St. Gallen, Switzerland

Conception, planning and realization of a tailor-made backup DC in limited space


Modular and easy to access DC, modular and tailor-made rack system, integrated inrow cooling, sensor based monitoring as well as UPS unit