5/17/2004 - Sun Microsystems Inc. and Sabre Airline Solutions announce they have teamed to design and implement a next-generation architecture for Sabre Airline Solution's application service provider (ASP) portal offering, the Sabre eMergo Web-enabled and dedicated network solutions. Based on Java Enterprise System components and Sun Fire servers, the Sabre eMergo offering has dramatically reduced IT cost by as much as 50 percent for participating airline carriers worldwide. As a result, the new portal infrastructure has quickly scaled to support 300 percent revenue growth for eMergo in 2003.
Sabre Airline Solutions provides decision-support software products, passenger management solutions and consulting services to airlines worldwide. The eMergo delivery method follows an ASP model, which delivers Sabre Airline Solution applications designed to help airlines realize savings in hardware and software, system implementation, support personnel, data storage and ongoing maintenance.
"Recently ranked among the nation's largest and most innovative users of information technology, Sabre Airline Solutions is committed to developing new travel commerce technology to meet the demand of the rapidly changing airline industry," said Steve Clampett, president of Airline Products and Services for Sabre Airline Solutions. "Our strategic relationship with Sun has helped us offer solutions that help airlines cut costs while generating increased revenue in today's challenging market."
Today, the eMergo environment delivers identity-enabled, personalized services -- more than 20 different applications to over 54 airlines worldwide through a common ASP offering. Teaming with Sabre Airline Solutions, Sun Services designed its next-generation ASP portal offering, based on key software components of the Java Enterprise System including Java System Portal Server, Java System Identity Server, Java System Directory Server and the Java System Web Server. The solution runs on the Solaris 9 Operating System, the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and Sun Fire V880 servers to meet the performance requirements for the portal solution. Sun's next-generation architecture for the customer's ASP portal offering is enabling Sabre Airline Solutions to achieve notable results, including:
"Sun is focused on helping Sabre Airline Solutions meet the objective of delivering services and solutions designed to optimize airline operations and reduce cost," said Marissa Peterson, Executive Vice President, Network Services, Worldwide Operations and Chief Customer Advocate at Sun. "To execute on this, we delivered the technical consulting expertise, services and innovative technology solutions, based on the Java Enterprise System, to enable Sabre Airline Solutions to offer its customers ground-breaking airline solutions at a reduced cost."
About Sabre Airline Solutions
Sabre Airline Solutions, a Sabre Holdings company, is the world's largest provider of software products, reservation and departure control systems and consulting services to help airlines simplify operations and lower costs. Over 200 airlines worldwide use Sabre Airline Solutions' broad portfolio of software solutions for decision-support tools to increase revenues and improve operations. Over 100 airlines worldwide rely on Sabre Airline Solutions for passenger management solutions, with 15 new carriers added and nine carrier renewals for the SabreSonic Res advanced reservations and departure control systems in 2003. In addition, more than 100 clients worldwide have turned to Sabre Airline Solutions' consulting group for strategic, commercial and operational consulting. More than 500 contracts worldwide were signed in 2003 within Sabre Airline Solutions.
Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG) is a world leader in travel commerce, retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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