TravelSky renews with Unisys for phase 2 of private cloud strategy
BLUE BELL, Pa., April 17, 2012 – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that TravelSky, the leading provider of information technology solutions for China’s air travel and tourism industry, has renewed its services and technology relationship with Unisys China to further its cloud computing strategy. As a result, TravelSky will implement release 2.1 of the Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution.
The Unisys cloud solution will help TravelSky meet demand spikes in its transaction loads driven by China’s growing aviation sector. TravelSky operates the reservations and departure control systems used by China's air carriers, and also maintains the global distribution system for China’s travel agencies.
The three-year renewal, signed in December 2011, covers the second phase of a private cloud computing strategy that began in 2010. The contract includes software, services, and provisioning and maintenance for four Unisys ES7000 Model 7600R G3 Enterprise Servers.
TravelSky Vice President Mr. Rong Gang said: “We have used the Unisys private cloud management software in our test and development environment to gain the flexible operational benefits of cloud computing within the security of our own data centre. Now we are ready to apply it to a core production system. The Unisys solution provides highly automated operations and self-service provisioning of IT resources as needed so that we can quickly meet fluctuating business demand.”
In the first phase of the private cloud implementation TravelSky built a test and development environment using release 1.4 of the Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution.
In the second phase of the rollout, TravelSky will create a production private cloud environment based on release 2.1 of Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution. This release features a new dashboard capability that gives administrators a single, integrated view of all cloud resources. The enhanced dashboard capability streamlines management of critical IT infrastructure and helps reduce overhead costs by making it easier to commission and decommission resources as needed.
The TravelSky production cloud will connect travel agencies and reservation systems via the Unisys Open Message Switching Engine (OMSE), a communications front end that allows travel agencies, airline reservation offices and external systems to communicate with the mission-critical TravelSky systems.
TravelSky also plans to use the enhanced user interface and automation capabilities of Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution release 2.1 to customize the private cloud to offer the OMSE Gateway as software as a service (SaaS) to its partners and agents.
In addition, TravelSky aims to reduce its data centre requirements and operational costs by migrating the OMSE onto a virtualized environment running on a Unisys ES7000 Model 7600R G3 Enterprise Server that can consolidate up to 24 virtual servers onto a single machine.
“TravelSky’s business involves many critical processes spanning the passenger, cargo, airline and airport aviation business, so they need a highly secure, scalable, and flexible IT infrastructure to meet changing demands in logistics, passenger services and other core applications,” said Sue Carter, vice president, Technology Consulting and Integration Solutions, Unisys Asia Pacific. “The Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution supports this by delivering the same attributes as a public cloud except from within TravelSky’s own data centre, providing cost-efficient access to ‘just in time’ resources that can be shared among user communities in a common infrastructure model but remain secure and isolated from each other.”
Unisys has more than 45 years experience providing advanced, mission-critical IT solutions to the aviation industry. Nineteen of the top 25 airlines – and more than 200 worldwide – rely on Unisys solutions. Asia Pacific aviation industry clients include Beijing Capital International Airport and Guangzhou International Baiyun Airport in China, Delhi International Airport Ltd and Air New Zealand.
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