Travelport GDS Achieves Key Milestone in Consolidation of Global Data Centre Operations to Atlanta



    Industry-Leading Technology Platform Improves Some Transaction Processing
Times by 21%
    

    
    LANGLEY, England, Oct. 20 /CNW/ -- Travelport GDS today announced the
company has achieved a key milestone in the consolidation of its global data
centre operations, successfully migrating its Galileo, Apollo and airline host
reservations systems from Denver to Atlanta resulting in a significant upgrade
in equipment and operating environment. Travelport transitioned the mainframe
systems previously located in Denver to its primary Atlanta data centre.  The
Atlanta facility features an industry-leading technology platform in terms of
functionality, performance, reliability and security to the benefit of all
Travelport GDS customers - Worldspan, Galileo, Apollo and several major
airlines.
    

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    As part of this migration effort, more than 50 million passenger
reservations were moved from Denver to Atlanta. The combined complex in
Atlanta now handles a peak message rate of more than 20,000 messages per
second and about 1 billion messages per day.
    

    
    "With the migration, we now have a world-class data centre in Atlanta
serving all of Travelport GDS and the airline customers who count on us for
some of their most important services," said Gordon Wilson, president and CEO,
Travelport GDS.  "As a result of this migration, our customers enjoy improved
efficiency and reliability, as well as the advantages of the technology,
products and services that Travelport can deliver through a world class data
centre facility with state-of-the-art equipment."
    

    
    Over the past several years Travelport has invested some $450m in
technology refreshes to the Atlanta data centre, including a further $60m this
year in order to prepare Atlanta to run the Galileo and Apollo systems.
    

    
    The consolidation of Travelport's primary data centre operations in
Atlanta is an example of the significant competitive advantage created as a
result of the ongoing integration of the Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan GDS
platforms.  By managing all three systems in a state-of-the-art, unified data
centre environment, Travelport customers benefit from access to one of the
industry's most powerful, reliable and responsive travel distribution and
hosting platforms.
    

    
    According to David Lauderdale, Travelport's chief technology officer and
senior vice president, "The move has already improved some transaction
processing times in the migrated systems by 21%.  And we've seen even bigger
improvements in other areas.  For example, the response time for NGGF (Next
Generation Global Fares), the faring product on the Galileo system, was
reduced by 50%."
    

    
    Running the GDS business from one state-of-the-art facility will allow
Travelport over time to more rapidly rationalise the links required to connect
supplier customers to the company's GDSs and to more readily share technology
across the platforms.  This will translate to positive outcomes in terms of
reduced complexity and cost for supplier customers.
    

    
    According to Lauderdale, "Consolidation also has another important
benefit.  We're now using fewer and more efficient systems to support the same
workloads, which reduce the demand for power and cooling.  The result is that
our IT infrastructure is greener."
    


    
    Following the successful consolidation of Travelport's core operations,
the Denver data centre will become a dedicated disaster recovery and
co-location facility.
    

    
    Said Wilson, "I am very proud of the Travelport GDS team, running into
hundreds around the world and in every major market, who pulled together to
plan and execute this huge exercise with military precision." He added, "This
is a reflection of the careful planning, practice and execution that our teams
have been working so tirelessly on over the previous months.  It was akin to
watching the control of a NASA space mission and it was a complete and total
success."
    

    About Travelport GDS:

    
    Travelport GDS is one of the world's largest global distribution system
(GDS) providers operating both the Galileo and the Worldspan brands, providing
real-time travel information and booking capabilities to online and offline
travel agencies in over 145 countries. It also operates Business Intelligence
which provides marketing and other critical data to the industry, and includes
its Shepherd Systems subsidiary; and IT Services & Software, which offers
mission critical reservations, related software and services management to the
world's leading airlines. Travelport GDS is a convergence of traditional and
online travel distribution services that empower airlines, travel suppliers,
travel agencies, Web sites and corporations to provide informed choice to
travelers on a global platform. Travelport GDS is a division of Travelport,
one of the world's largest service providers to the travel industry. More
information about Travelport GDS is available at www.travelport.com
    





    




For further information:

For further information: Jill Brenner, Travelport GDS Corporate
Communications, The Americas, +1-973-939-1325, Jill.brenner@travelport.com, or
Kate Aldridge, Travelport GDS Corporate Communications, EMEA & APAC,
+44-1753-288720, Kate.aldridge@travelport.com  Web Site:
http://www.travelport.com

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