Amadeus’ technology is pervasive throughout the travel industry. Everyone from airlines to hoteliers and car rental firms relies on its platform to help customers make bookings and ensure they enjoy a stress-free travel experience.
In the 30 or so years that Amadeus has been operating, the infrastructure underpinning its offerings has undergone a series of modernizations, which in the past have seen it move to decommission its mainframes and embrace open systems.
The company has also become renowned for operating one of Europe’s largest private cloud deployments and is now in the middle of a multi-year migration of its technology platform to the public cloud.
In February 2021, Amadeus named Microsoft as its preferred cloud partner. He set out details of how their partnership would accelerate the firm’s public cloud migration, which it claims is on course for completion in three to five years.
There is also scope within the partnership for the two firms to collaborate and bring to market jointly developed, cloud-based products and services that will enable “seamless travel experiences”, with particular emphasis initially on allowing closer collaboration between travel and health authorities. Amadeus’ strength is built on our people and our history of pushing the boundaries of travel technology, providing our customers with better and ever more innovative ways to achieve their goals,” says Luis Maroto, CEO and president at Amadeus. From our long-continued experience with cloud technology,
we are convinced it is the suitable systems architecture to deliver on this continued commitment and that Microsoft is the right partner to help us achieve our goals together. This includes the opportunity to explore, design, and develop new solutions that take full advantage of cloud technology.” Even so, Amadeus’ pivot to the public cloud may have taken some industry-watchers by surprise, given that the firm has vocally championed the open-source, private cloud as the type of IT environment in which it prefers to run its applications and workloads.