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HP announces private cloud deployment deal with Air France

HP has announced that leading international airline Air France will be introducing a new private cloud solution based on the HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) software to help accelerate deployment times for its physical and virtual infrastructures.

It is hoped that the new solution will enable Air France to boost the reliability of its 1,500 Linux servers, a farm that is currently growing by between 350 and 500 installations and reinstallations every year.

"Since automating our installation processes, we have gone from around six days for installing a server cluster to one day and, instead of more than 24 hours, it now takes less than 15 minutes to install one virtual machine," said Patrick Bourel.

He added: "This scalable platform will allow Air France to put in place monitoring and audit tools in order to achieve better quality of service."

In part, the move to HP is thought to have been motivated by Air France's recent tie-up with Dutch airline KLM, which switched to HP's converged architecture back in 2011. The partnership between the two airlines made IT standardisation a necessity.

Air France has posited that the new, standardised platform will enable IT infrastructure savings of some 85 per cent annually, through the automation of OS deployment, middleware, monitoring tools, and capacity management.

"Businesses are increasingly interested in cloud solutions that can improve flexibility, enable new business processes and increase efficiency. HP software helps Air France achieve its business objectives, now and in the future," commented Jean-Marc Defaut, director for cloud, HP France.

It is understood that the next phase of the scheme will entail automating the deployment of application environments, a project intended to improve platform functionality for DevOps.