Absolutely yes. We have been doing ‘cloud’ long before the term was first coined. It’s at the heart of our business.
Below is a primer that explains what cloud is and where Sabre offers cloud based solutions.
Cloud is generally accepted as being one of three things. I’ve listed them in order of maturity, from lowest to highest:
IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service
- This is what most people think of when they hear the word cloud. More so they think of public cloud offerings like Amazon. At Sabre we use public cloud, IaaS, services ourselves for short term testing, analysis, external code deployment (Sabre Red) etc., and we offer private cloud, IaaS, to our internal testers run by our Operations teams.
- We are continuing to evolve this type of cloud. Right now our technologists are prototyping ways to offer IaaS to provide customized, world-class orchestrated services to our customers that would allow them to deploy and orchestrate their own services, along with ours, in an area of our network that would be configured solely for their use.
- This is the most immature and commonly used form of cloud
PaaS – Platform as a Service
- This offers both computer resources and foundational software (which, for the most part, excludes User Interface) via an Application Programming Interface (API), on top of which Sabre and our customers can rapidly build new products.
- Sabre has been in this business for more than 20 years via products like our OTA standard, Sabre Web Services.
- We’re making significant investments in this area to expand on the services we already provide to OTAs, airlines, developers and other suppliers using our APIs.
SaaS – Software as a Service
- This offers complete solutions requiring no development and no specialized hardware. After the initial set up a customer just needs to turn on their computer and away they go.
- Almost 100% of Sabre’s products are offered this way and have been since our inception – this is the most mature form of cloud.
As you can see, cloud comes in three different levels. Each one supports different needs, from internal uses to functionally comprehensive cloud services that allow large users to leave their IT in the cloud, and focus on the business that most differentiates them from their competitors – and less on the aspects that don’t.