Worldspan signs service deal with Compaq

Travel giant Worldspan has signed a deal with Compaq to half the time needed to deploy IT equipment and services to its offices...

Travel giant Worldspan has signed a deal with Compaq to half the time needed to deploy IT equipment and services to its offices around the world.

In the three-year deal, Compaq would provide "uniform worldwide IT standards" to Worldspan's 20,000 travel agencies in 70 countries.

"Ultimately, the increases in speed-to-market and efficiency that will be realised from this agreement with Compaq will impact [upon] every Worldspan facility: our co-located Web customers, our more than 20,000 travel agency locations and literally millions of travellers worldwide," said David Lauderdale, Worldspan's vice-president of worldwide technical operations.

Under the agreement, which comes into immediate effect, Worldspan will buy Compaq equipment and have it installed by Compaq services.

Compaq Proliant servers will be among the first pieces of equipment deployed to process travel-related enquiries from customers, host both commercial and corporate travel Web sites and power many of Worldspan's internal IT needs, according to a release.

The Proliant servers will also be the worldwide platform for Worldspan's e-commerce, e-mail and file print needs, and will integrate with Compaq Himalaya NonStop servers already used at Compaq to process travel transactions.

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