British Airways has announced it is using open source virtualisation technologies from Red Hat to help it meet growing user demand on its website by being able to more easily build, test and run new environments across its estate.
The airline said that with over 450,000 visitors to the BA.com website every day it needs to be able to scale its IT infrastructure easily and efficiently, while avoiding the risk of vendor lock-in.
As such, it has deployed the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization technology across 750 virtual machines on 130 physical hosts in two data centres.
Richard Dawson, a UNIX and Linux infrastructure consultant at British Airways, said the use of Red Hat had provided the company with many benefits.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
For Red Hat, the announcement marks a significant flagship customer it can use to try and entice others to its technology.
Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager for Virtualization and OpenStack at Red Hat, said: “We’re delighted about the successful deployment and value British Airways is deriving from Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization."
The deal shows the mix of technology in use at major organisations, with International Airlines Group (IAG), British Airways' parent company, signing a deal for 58,000 licenses for Microsoft tools last year.
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