Amadeus’s data processing centre receives prestigious international energy efficiency certification
Amadeus, the leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, today announces that its data centre has been awarded the prestigious “Energy-efficient Enterprise” certification by international organisation TÜV Süd.
TÜV Süd, which
TÜV Süd, whichprovides independent consulting, testing, certification and training services; granted the Amadeus data processing centre in Erding, near Munich in Germany, its certificate following an energy audit of its facilities. The centre, which is the largest civil operation of its kind in Europe, processes transactions across the globe for the entire Amadeus group and in 2009 handled more than 670 million individual billable travel transactions.
This certification is the result of a year-long process, during which time Amadeus conducted a full review of its data centre’s energy efficiency. Of particular focus were the power supply, cooling and climate control processes and IT equipment used, as well as the facility’s procurement, installation and de-installation processes and procedures.
Following the audit, TÜV Süd worked together with Amadeus’s facility management, storage management and capacity planning contacts to develop a plan for implementing energy saving measures in order to gain certification as an energy-efficient enterprise.
As a result of certification, internal guidelines now exist that assess all data centre activities from a sustainability perspective, whilst Amadeus is making additional efforts to continue operating its data centre in a resource-efficient manner in order to achieve renewed certification in 2012. In parallel, Amadeus is maintaining the highest possible technical service levels for all customers at all times.
"Certification as an energy-efficient data processing centre was always our goal. We wanted to demonstrate unequivocally that as a business in the travel sector we are wholly committed to our environmental responsibility”, says Eberhard Haag, Executive Vice President of Amadeus and General Manager of the Amadeus data processing centre. He continues “A world-class data centre must lead by example. But it also makes economic sense to reduce our energy consumption which simultaneously enables us to fully maximise our resources and pass on any reduced costs to our customers wherever possible."