Travelport and IBM report extending their relationship with a new hardware and software agreement. The new agreement continues Travelport's ongoing program and investment in technology and includes upgrades to existing systems architecture and software infrastructure.
"This agreement extends a 35-year business relationship between Travelport and IBM. Using the latest IBM hardware, software and middleware allows us to support the more sophisticated functionality required by our customers and the continued growth of Travelport's business," said Gordon Wilson, president and CEO of Travelport.
Specifically, Travelport said it is implementing a cluster of eight new IBM zEnterprise mainframes, a system designed to secure and manage critical information. zEnterprise will primarily be used to run Travelport's new IBM z/TPF transaction processing system.
The system will help deliver travel reservation functions through multiple channels including mobile devices, kiosks, and the web. These improvements will benefit customers in all segments of the travel industry, while delivering the most efficient next generation travel transaction processing system, Travelport said.
"While these transactions are invisible to most consumers, speed, reliability and flexibility are of the utmost importance in the travel industry," said Marty Salfen, general manager, travel & transportation, IBM.