Emirates Group selects Red Hat solutions
New Open Travel Platform based on Red Hat’s JBoss SOA Platform’s ESB
Open source software solutions provider, Red Hat, has announced that the Emirates Group has standardised on Red Hat's JBoss SOA Platform's ESB and JBoss Enterprise Business Rules Management System (BRMS) to create its Open Travel Platform (OTP).
The Emirates Group, which is made up of Emirates Airlines, dnata and subsidiary companies, has more than 57,000 employees worldwide and the company was looking for a service-oriented platform, based on open source, that could service the needs of the Group and its subsidiary companies.
The company's goal was to reduce development and running costs and simplify the application portfolio across 16 projects.
"Red Hat is delighted that Emirates Group selected JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform and JBoss Enterprise BRMS to meet the high performance demands of the new OTP," said Craig Muzilla, vice president and general manager of Middleware Business, Red Hat. "This open source initiative based on Red Hat technologies will benefit the entire Group, including dnata travel service and Emirates' market-facing business, Mercator, giving it the necessary agility to react quickly to emerging business opportunities and further fuelling the success of the Emirates Group."
The solution stack chosen by Emirates Group to create the OTP includes deployment platforms and management environments that include JBoss Enterprise BRMS, JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform and JBoss Operations Network. JBoss ESB provides the backbone for OTP's composite services and their integration.
The JBoss ESB is designed to allow the OTP's applications to interoperate with vital travel related services, including the global distribution system (GDS), suppliers and hotels. This is designed to deliver reliability and optimised message delivery and enables the addition of new suppliers and back-end systems without modifying the client applications.
According to Red Hat, the mission-critical OTP launched successfully, with the first application providing more sophisticated travel planning and booking services via the Emirates Group's internet booking engine, www.emirates.com.
The implementation of the new system was designed to help the Emirates Group standardise and centralise all travel-related services onto a single, integrated platform built as a SOA.
"We worked closely with Red Hat to execute our vision and strategy, ultimately achieving tangible results," said Neetan Chopra, vice president of Strategy and Architecture, Emirates Group Information Technology. "Red Hat's solutions and services team provided exceptional consulting and helped us to successfully execute our SOA project within the timeframe and quality levels needed. We also benefited from training that ensured we were up-to-speed and comfortable with the new OTP solution, including its key components, JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform and JBoss Enterprise BRMS. We expect open technologies and standards to flourish in the future and now is the time to explore and take the plunge into an open source IT estate."