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Australian Airline Qantas Takes AWS to the Cloud

May 11, 2016
by Staff Writer

Australian airline Qantas has announced its website is now “live” in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Qantas, which has headquarters in Mascot, Australia, has been in operation since 1920 and is Australia’s national carrier. The airline flies to over 1,000 destinations in 149 countries and has the distinction of being an airline that has never had a major accident. The company announced last year that it would move its website to the AWS cloud as the first step in shifting its workloads to the AWS cloud.

Qantas’ move is expected to save the company around AU$30 million ($22 million) over a five-year period. Its choice of AWS was driven by the fact support for its IT infrastructure (operating system, server, application service, and CMS) was drawing to a close and a need to avoid lengthy capital expenditure approval for developing its proof of concept. The move was also driven by Qantas’ goal of creating new products and delivering them to customers as quickly as possible while being able to scale capacity. It also aimed to increase the level of automation in its procedures.

“The capability and maturity of the AWS brand and its proven track record really stood out for us when evaluating service providers,” explained Technical Analyst, Qantas Customer Service and Cabin Crew, Andrew Stevens on the AWS blog. “We would not have got to this stage so quickly without support from AWS,” added. “The reliability and redundancy of our solution on AWS has ensured almost 100 percent availability.”

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