Etihad Airways collaborates with IBM

first_imgEtihad Airways and IBM has announced a ten-year technology services agreement worth approximately US$700 million.This will allow the airline to enhance guest experience, develop world-class infrastructure and security, and improve efficiency.The transformational agreement, one of the most important strategic collaborations by Etihad Airways, will provide access to the latest cloud-based technologies and services for the airline, its group companies and equity partners.IBM will deliver a range of secure and efficient technology services, allowing Etihad Airways and its partners to transform their IT infrastructure into global, flexible and agile cloud-based platforms to better serve their guests and employees.The agreement includes plans for the creation of a new cloud data centre in Abu Dhabi. The centre, to be developed and operated by IBM, will be one of the most sophisticated technology facilities in the Middle East.James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This is a long-term, strategic partnership which will allow Etihad Airways and its partners to harness the latest technologies as we deliver our award-winning services. This is a game-changing agreement for Etihad Airways, for our partners and employees, and for Abu Dhabi.”IBM was selected due its global reach, its experience and alignment with Etihad Airways’ technology and innovation strategy of deploying cloud-first initiatives to simplify its technology systems, while offering greater capabilities for lower operational costs.The cloud, analytics, mobile, security and cognitive technologies will drive increased efficiencies and effectiveness for all Etihad Airways businesses, as well as for the Etihad Airways Partners.Martin Jetter, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services, said: “By partnering with IBM in this transformation journey, Etihad Airways is accelerating the move to new technologies such as cloud computing and cognitive.These technologies will help the airline to improve efficiencies and achieve its ambitious growth plans as a globally integrated aviation group.”Etihad Airways’ current data centre, IT infrastructure, applications and security operations will be migrated to the new data centre in Abu Dhabi, and disaster recovery will be managed at an IBM Cloud data centre in Europe.This approach will allow the airline to scale and manage its IT resources more efficiently, while ensuring business continuity. Fly EtihadSource = Etihad Airwayslast_img