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Department for Transport partners with Google Cloud on rail network app

March 07, 2019 / Clare Hopping

The Department for Transport (DfT) is embracing digital transformation by migrating its first in-house developed application to Google's Cloud Platform.The department has moved its Latest Earnings Networked Nationally Overnight (LENNON) application to Google's public cloud platform in an attempt to move away from legacy data centres into a more flexible and scalable environment.LENNON is a huge, 100TB database for the rail sector, tracking data such as ticket sales and franchise earnings, allowing the rail technical and data management team to understand the current state of the UK’s rail network.Engineers from the DfT’s digital team, its rail technical and data management team, Google and Cloud Technology Solutions teamed up on the project to digitise the platform, making it a faster way to look up data, running queries simultaneously to make a process that claims to be 20 times faster than its on-premise counterpart.