Thomas Cook Gains Four-Fold Performance Improvement for Complex Queries with SAND/DNA on Sun Microsystems Blade Servers
Thomas Cook Group UK & Ireland, part of one of the world’s leading travel groups, gains four fold performance improvement for complex queries and near linear scalability using the SAND/DNA software solution on Sun hardware.
Montreal, Canada August 4, 2009 — SAND Technology Inc. (OTCBB:SNDTF), an international provider of data management software and best practices, today announced that Thomas Cook Group UK & Ireland, part of one of the world’s leading travel groups, has successfully migrated its holiday search engine application based on SAND/DNA technology to a new Sun blade server environment. The system went live during a peak usage period, and immediately delivered a four-fold performance improvement for complex searches and heavy real-time update processes of the company’s holiday database.
While Thomas Cook’s SAND/DNA system has functioned continuously without failure since its initial implementation in 2001, replatforming to a Sun blade server running the Sun Solaris operating system enables the company to better support a vastly enlarged and continually growing number of online users. Specifically, because SAND/DNA performance tracks processor speed to offer near-linear scalability, the blade environment will enable them to take full advantage of advances in processing technology to increase data throughput in the system.
“Thomas Cook UK & Ireland has worked with SAND since 2001, and its products provide the backbone of our Tour Operating systems. Following the merger with MyTravel and the major increase in growth and customer transactions, we were faced with a huge challenge to maintain an excellent level of system performance. With SAND Technology’s help we have succeeded in providing a resilient platform that will grow with the company and continue to provide our valuable customers with the service they have come to expect from us,” said Pat Norman, Director of IT at Thomas Cook UK & Ireland.
“We are very pleased to have worked so closely with Thomas Cook over the past eight years,” said Richard Grondin, SAND’s vice-president of R&D and Deployment. “SAND recommended that Thomas Cook move to a blade environment to achieve better performance, reduce their total cost of ownership and provide a ‘greener’ solution with a smaller storage footprint. SAND’s software solution on Sun delivers the performance improvements the company needs to serve its rapidly expanding market. Using this new environment, Thomas Cook can support over 3000 users and execute multiple millions of update requests per day while offering response times of less than 1 second in 99.5% of cases. These metrics clearly demonstrate that SAND/DNA’s CBAT technology can be used to support complex real-time analytic environments.”
“Thomas Cook UK & Ireland has been a valuable customer,” said Peter Olding, SAND’s UK Sales Director. “Working with Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, we continue to address ongoing challenges with increasing numbers of users and transactions that require high query performance, system availability, and data accessibility. We are very pleased that SAND is able to meet their demands and scale with them as their environment grows.”