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Travelport GDS Wins Award for InnovationSeptember 25, 2009 By: George Dooley
Global travel technology provider Travelport GDS reports it achieved the rank of 11 on the 2009 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. This is the highest ranking that Travelport GDS has achieved in the four years it has been named to this prestigious list.
"It is an honor for Travelport GDS to once again be included in the InformationWeek 500, and particularly to be named number 11 in 2009," said David Lauderdale, chief technology officer, Travelport GDS. "The goal of the global IT team at Travelport GDS is to harness technology to improve efficiency, boost productivity, drive revenue, and establish a competitive advantage for our customers. The recognition by InformationWeek is the latest testament to the tremendous results achieved by the IT team at Travelport GDS. Each day, we process a remarkable 1.5billion messages.”
“This ranking underscores Travelport GDS’ commitment to providing our customers with comprehensive access to content, services that add value, increase revenue and improve efficiency through the travel industry’s most efficient shopping platform,” Lauderdale said.
Travelport GDS was recognized for the innovative use of technology in the migration of its Denver Data Center to its Atlanta facility. Meeting the challenge through new technologies, the Technical Operations team excelled through pioneering use of peer-to-peer technology to migrate over one petabyte of critical data. During the migration cutover, data for three different mainframe environments and 600 servers were moved; over 60,000 network route changes were made and 45 million travel reservations were cut over to Atlanta with minimal service interruption.
Results of the data center migration have exceeded expectations. Utilities run faster and customers report a 50 percent improvement in response time for key applications. For Travelport, the migration delivered significant infrastructure improvements to its technical infrastructure, provided major cost savings, improved reliability of its global operations, and reduced the physical footprint in support of its Green Initiative.
Travelport is one of the world's largest travel conglomerates offering broad based business services to companies operating in the global travel industry. Travelport is comprised of the global distribution system (GDS) business that includes the Worldspan and Galileo brands. With 2008 revenues of $2.5 billion, Travelport operates in 160 countries and has over 5,500 employees.