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BT Cloud Compute increases scalability at lower cost for global travel services provider

Coping with soaring online expansion

With a mission to stay at the forefront of today’s travel industry, Hotelbeds Group manages fast-multiplying online transactions. Up to 430 million data requests a day – and growing – are handled from users worldwide. That meant buying hundreds of new servers every six months or sooner. It simply wasn’t sustainable.

So BT Cloud Compute was chosen to increase scalability. A BT professional services team ensured smooth migration with little operational impact. Virtual servers running across a BT data centre and a Hotelbeds Group data centre, both in Madrid, offer near-limitless capacity and assure business continuity. Meanwhile BT Security products keeps cyber-threats at bay. So the company can now overachieve its mission without ever worrying about the ability to deliver.

Hotelbeds Group

Digital transformation is part of our DNA here at Hotelbeds Group. It’s a very important process we’ve been following from day one.”
- Álvaro de Nicolás, Chief Information Officer, Hotelbeds Group

Hotelbeds Group, the world’s number one bedbank, stops at one place for all its IT needs

BT Cloud Compute running on Cisco hardware increases scalability at lower cost for global travel services provider Hotelbeds Group.

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Fast facts

  • Present in 120 countries, Hotelbeds Group works with more than 35,000 travel professionals around the world
  • To cope with booming business growth, the company’s server estate had grown to 700
  • A more sustainable solution was offered by BT Cloud Compute running across two BT Madrid data centres interconnected by BT IP Connect Global
  • BT Advise professional services helped plan and manage the migration to the cloud
  • The BT Cloud Compute solution running on Cisco hardware assures business continuity, while BT Security keeps cyber-threats at bay
  • Underpins weeks-to-days drop in server deployment time and reduced costs per transaction

Coping with soaring online expansion

Hotelbeds Group works in a world that continues to globalise. At the forefront of its travel sector niche, it has to work hard to stay there. And that’s paying off; with online transactions mushrooming. But physical servers were struggling to cope. If that sounds familiar, look towards BT solutions in the cloud for limitless compute capacity on a pay-as-you-go basis. Cisco hardware keeps them operating at peak performance.

Protecting data and insulating the brand from security breaches

Success can bring its own issues. In today’s online world that can mean unwelcome attention from cyber-criminals and hackers. Hotelbeds Group took the precaution of adopting comprehensive services from the BT Security portfolio. That means Hotelbeds Group’s and its customers’ data are protected.

Cloud specialists bring unique expertise to bear

The cloud’s a simple concept to grasp. Getting there is equally simple. However, when it comes to migrating terabytes-worth of data and apps from in-house data centres to a cloud environment it pays to have a safe pair of hands working with you. BT data specialists bring to Hotelbeds Group expertise honed in countless customer engagements.

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