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Lufthansa Systems opens data center in London

  01.09.2011    

Lufthansa Systems today announced the opening of a new data center in Welwyn, near London. The company is thus continuing to expand its data center capacity while strengthening its distinctive infrastructure expertise. The decision to choose a site in Western Europe is part of the growth strategy for the IT service provider. "Here, we will host the IT infrastructure operations for the Thomas Cook Group, while also offering our services to other customers in this region," explains Dr. Hannes Pfister, Senior Vice President Infrastructure at Lufthansa Systems. The company's UK customer portfolio includes not only Thomas Cook but also the UK carrier bmi, for example.
With its new site, Lufthansa Systems is expanding its data center network that already includes sites in Kelsterbach near Frankfurt, Dallas and Singapore. In this network, the London and Frankfurt data centers act as mutual backup sites. In its first expansion stage, the ultra-modern Tier 3+ data center in London will host around 2,000 server systems. It has a central storage capacity of 600 terabytes and a backup volume of two petabytes.
Services offered by Lufthansa Systems range from the global provisioning of high-performance networks and application service provision (ASP) through to cloud computing solutions and IT outsourcing. The IT service provider also handles the operation of its customers' systems and applications in its own data centers. Whether aviation, transport and logistics, industry, media and publishing, energy, healthcare or tourism: companies receive an infrastructure portfolio tailored precisely to the respective needs of their sector.
One of the first companies that will be using the services of the new data center is the Thomas Cook Group. Lufthansa Systems will now be handling the travel company's IT infrastructure operations for Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK. Lufthansa Systems will also be providing a full package of data center services for the tourism offices and airlines. The terms of the ten-year contract cover the handling of operations for 2,500 servers and 10,000 thin clients, plus Exchange messaging for 24,000 users. The aim is to modernize and standardize the IT infrastructure of the Thomas Cook Group in all countries in order to increase efficiency and reduce costs. In its data centers at Kelsterbach and Welwyn, Lufthansa Systems will be consolidate the formerly distributed server architecture and migrate it to modern, virtualized platforms. Operations will be managed by the Lufthansa Systems Operations Center in Budapest. The solutions for the thin clients and Exchange messaging are based on the deskBase virtual workplace model.
"With our new data center, we are strengthening our infrastructure expertise and the reputation that Lufthansa Systems has acquired worldwide as a capable and reliable infrastructure provider. Our aim is to use the new capacity to acquire further customers in the region,” says Dr. Hannes Pfister. “Companies in the sectors to which we offer our services benefit from our high standards of quality, reliability and data security – standards with which we are very familiar from our work in the aviation industry."



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