Lufthansa Systems, an IT services company that is part of the German airline group, has opened a major data centre in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, to serve the travel industry.
The data centre will host applications for clients including Thomas Cook and airline BMI, and will act as a mutual backup site with Lufthansa's facility in Frankfurt.
Under a ten-year arrangement with Thomas Cook, the London site will host IT infrastructure for the travel agency in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, as the company standardises processes. It will run 2,500 servers and 10,000 thin clients, plus Microsoft Exchange messaging for 24,000 users.
Lufthansa already operates other data centres for hosting applications in Dallas and Singapore.
The London site was described by the company as an "ultra-modern Tier 3+" site. It has a central storage capacity of 600 terabytes and a backup volume of two petabytes.
Tier three data centres tend to offer multiple active power and cooling distribution paths, with over 99.9 percent availability.