British Airways chooses Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to Improve IT Systems to Build Internal Cloud

  British Airways chooses Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to Improve IT
  Systems to Build Internal Cloud

     British Airways increases scalability, reliability, flexibility and
 performance while building on its IT infrastructure using Red Hat Enterprise
                                Virtualization

Business Wire

RALEIGH, N.C. -- February 5, 2014

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced that British Airways, a global airline and market
leader in the travel industry, has deployed Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
on its infrastructure. Through this Red Hat technology, British Airways is
benefiting from a highly available and scalable IT architecture.

As the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom (U.K.), British Airways has
operated for more than 90 years, and today is the largest airline in the U.K.
based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations,
flying more than 40 million passengers to 177 destinations around the globe
each year. In line with the company’s growth and additional business
requirements for its production environment – and, in particular, to support
the production environment for its external website, BA.com – British Airways
needed to expand its IT infrastructure. As consumers have shifted their
airline ticket buying patterns, British Airways supports on average in excess
of 450,000 visitors to BA.com per day.

Looking for a solution that would support their projected future growth and
anticipated additional e-commerce traffic, British Airways identified Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization as the best solution for its Linux workloads – in
terms of functionality, value, and avoidance of vendor lock-in – for the
production environment that supports its website and other workloads such as
internal applications, both pre-production and production.

British Airways found that, as an enterprise-ready open source virtualization
solution, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offered a more cost-effective
option than proprietary virtualization offerings, and it worked well with
other elements of their open source IT infrastructure, including systems based
on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Satellite. With Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization, British Airways has deployed 750 virtual machines on 130
physical hosts across two datacenters, replacing a previously virtualized
estate.

British Airways’ new IT infrastructure has reaped several important benefits
in areas such as administration and ongoing efficiency for developers at the
company. Richard Dawson, a UNIX and Linux infrastructure consultant at British
Airways, explained:

“We use Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to create our own cloud so that our
developers can use it to build their own virtual machines and hence build and
control environments as they wish. We have used Red Hat solutions in various
parts of our business for ten years, and we are pleased to continue our
long-standing relationship by deploying Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. As
developers need to create and delete environments quickly, a highly scalable
solution is critical for us and this advantage then means that we don’t need
to over-commit on our IT plans.

“As an operation that functions 365 days a year with a plane always in the
sky, high availability is key for the safety of our operation and ultimately
our customers. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization now enables us to have a
single-pane view as to what is going on in the whole environment which we
didn’t have before.

“We have been using Red Hat in various parts of our business for ten years and
so the relationship with Red Hat is already cemented hence we wanted to
continue that. We used Red Hat Consulting for the migration, as it was a more
efficient model to use trained experts than to employ and then train people of
our own. The service was of a high level and delivered within time frame.”

In particular, British Airways recognized the benefit of a dedicated Red Hat
Technical Account Manager  to build an in-depth technical knowledge of British
Airways' technical environment, and as a result, prevent issues using
proactive planning, technical reviews and on-site visits.

“Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offers a no-compromise virtualization
solution for Linux workloads - industry-leading performance coupled with a
compelling ROI,” said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization
and OpenStack, Red Hat. “We’re delighted about the successful deployment and
value British Airways is deriving from Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization as
well as the opportunity to offer our services across Consulting, Technical
Account Management and Support for faster time to solution.”

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