Red Hat Delivers Unmatched Performance at a Fraction of Previous Costs for Sabre Holdings, Travelocity


United States, August 20, 2008

World leader in travel services utilizes Red Hat Enterprise Linux to maintain the IT architecture for its high-performance environment, requiring extremely high uptime for tens of thousands of transactions per second, 24x7, 365 days per year

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Sabre Holdings, a world leader in travel marketing and distribution and parent company to Travelocity, Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions, relies on Red Hat solutions for increased performance, system reliability and scalability for its mission-critical open systems. Compared to proprietary Unix/RISC solutions during benchmarking, Sabre's testing has proven that Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Intel performs three times faster and at a fraction of the cost.

Sabre Holdings turned to open source solutions to replace its former proprietary technology in order to improve the stability, performance and cost-effectiveness of its IT infrastructure and to ensure reliability for its customers. The company evaluated the leading Linux offerings on the market, and ultimately chose Red Hat for its established market leadership and renowned support offerings. With Red Hat, Sabre also discovered the power of the developer community that could provide reliable, consistent updates and fixes that could be incorporated in realtime.

"While operating the largest travel distribution service in the world, we develop solutions that must withstand what is perhaps the highest sustainable volumes anywhere, peaking at 32,000 transactions per second, available 24x7, with five-nines uptime. It's always a peak business hour somewhere in the world," said Robert Wiseman, chief technology officer at Sabre Holdings. "Fewer other systems anywhere require more rigor, but with Red Hat we are able to build stronger and smarter systems with our global customers in mind."

"Sabre Holdings selected Red Hat as the IT solution that would allow us to run all our businesses most effectively. Our Travelocity customers use our services for the content, speed, price and presentation, not for the operating system our business runs on," said Josh Hartmann, chief technology officer at Travelocity. "Red Hat provides a proficient and effervescent experience for our customers, who don't even realize that Red Hat is there. And that's the way it should be."

With millions of online customers generating tens of thousands of transactions per second, Sabre uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on thousands of HP x86 servers and continues to expand its use of Red Hat solutions today. Two years ago, Sabre acquired, a leader in European online travel and today, Sabre is in the process of migrating all of's servers to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux has enabled Sabre to standardize its IT architecture, consisting of thousands of systems worldwide, across all three of its companies' IT infrastructures. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux is our corporate standard - all new systems are required to deploy on Red Hat Enterprise Linux," said Wiseman. "Compared to proprietary Unix/RISC solutions, our testing has shown that Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Intel performs three times faster at a fraction of the cost."

Since migrating to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Sabre has benefited from system reliability, lower costs, increased performance and scalability. Sabre has long been known for innovating. InformationWeek named the Sabre central reservation system - the first of its kind ever built at the time - as one of the top 10 greatest software ever written. Sabre's technologists also think like business people to solve real business problems, from inventing automated reservations and yield management systems, to inventing new industries such as online travel, online business travel booking and others used widely today in the travel industry and beyond. Today, Sabre is streamlining airport check-in systems, developing new ways for hotels to connect with customers and forging new revenue streams for online booking.

"Travel is the world's largest industry, touching the jobs of as many as one in 10 people around the world. We rely on Red Hat for our mission-critical open systems. Standardizing our operating system on Red Hat Enterprise Linux has allowed us to focus on our core business competencies," said Wiseman, "We value Red Hat as a long-term partner in our development of Sabre Holdings' corporate IT goals because of the leadership role Red Hat plays in the open source community."

As Sabre Holdings continues to evolve its IT architecture, it will look closely at incorporating additional Red Hat solutions and is assessing Red Hat's integrated virtualization technology.

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About Sabre Holdings Corporation

Sabre Holdings connects people with the world's greatest travel possibilities by retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. Sabre Holdings supports travelers, travel agents, corporations, government agencies and travel suppliers through its companies: Travelocity, Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, the company has approximately 9,000 employees in 59 countries and is owned by private equity firms Silver Lake Partners and TPG. More information is available at

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