HP Helps Air France Create Private Cloud to Automate Deployment of Technology Platforms in Physical and Virtual Environments

HP Helps Air France Create Private Cloud to Automate Deployment of Technology 
Platforms in Physical and Virtual Environments 
HP Operations Orchestration and HP Server Automation Software Reduce
Cost of Infrastructure Provisioning by 85 Percent 
LES ULIS, FRANCE -- (Marketwired) -- 01/14/14 --  HP (NYSE: HPQ)
today announced that Air France has automated and increased the
reliability of its 1,500 Linux servers by deploying a private cloud
solution based on HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) software to
accelerate deployment times for physical and virtual infrastructures. 
Air France operates 1,500 flights daily in France and across the
world. Together with KLM, Air France is part of one of the leading
European air transport groups, offering customers access to a network
covering 230 destinations in 113 countries from hubs at Paris Charles
de Gaulle airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. In addition, KLM
and Air France, along with partners Delta and Alitalia, operate
Europe's biggest transatlantic joint venture, with more than 250
flights daily. 
With between 350 and 500 installations and reinstallations annually,
Air France's Linux server farm is growing rapidly. In light of the
resource costs incurred by these installations, and the increasing
convergence between Air France and KLM, it became necessary to
standardize on a single tool to automate the deployment of operating
systems, middleware, monitoring tools and capacity management. The HP
solution, which paid for itself within a year, significantly reduced
the time it was taking to bring environments into service while
improving quality and reducing operational costs.  
"Since automating our installation processes, we have gone from
around six days for installing a server cluster to one day and,
instead of more than 24 hours, it now takes less than 15 minutes to
install one virtual machine," said Patrick Bourel, head of Open
Systems, Air France. "This scalable platform will allow Air France to
put in place monitoring and audit tools in order to achieve better
quality of service." 
After a validation phase with HP Operations Orchestration and HP
Server Automation software, which reduced the cost of infrastructure
provisioning by 85 percent, Air France created a private cloud with
HP Cloud Se
rvice Automation (CSA) software and put the solution into
production. In the space of 12 months, 90 percent of installation
processes were automated. HP CSA's self-service portal gives project
managers secure access to installation services and automatic server
provisioning, reducing delivery time and eliminating human error.  
This private cloud, enriched by the integration of a range of
application environments, will be progressively extended to other
groups of users who want to access an expanding catalogue of cloud
services. The next phase of the project consists of automating the
deployment of application environments and increasing the
functionalities of the platform with DevOps functions for a community
of 500 to 600 developers.  
"Businesses are increasingly interested in cloud solutions that can
improve flexibility, enable new business processes and increase
efficiency," said Jean-Marc Defaut, director, Cloud, HP France. "HP
software helps Air France achieve its business objectives, now and in
the future." 
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