Travelport GDS Completes Atlanta Consolidation

Travelport GDS says it has achieved a key milestone in the consolidation of its global data center operations, successfully migrating its Galileo, Apollo and airline host reservations systems from Denver to Atlanta. The result is a significant upgrade in equipment and operations and has already improved some transaction processing times in the migrated systems by 21 percent.

Over the past several years, Travelport says it has invested some $450 million in technology for the Atlanta data centre, including $60 million this year in order to prepare Atlanta to run the Galileo and Apollo systems.

“With the migration, we now have a world-class data center 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 of 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.”

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.

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 percent. 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%. “

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.

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