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Easybook saves up to 40% of cloud costs.
Easybook saves up to 40% of cloud costs.

Southeast Asia’s largest transportation booking services provider, Easybook, has saved up to 40 percent of cloud costs after migrating to a hybrid cloud infrastructure enabled by Equinix, Inc. and InfoFabrica Consulting Pte. Ltd.

 

With dynamic economies in the South Asia region, international visitor arrivals in South Asia have grown 10 percent in 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. As a one-stop transportation ticketing platform, Easybook needed to improve the cost-efficiency of its IT operations in order to cater to the rapidly growing customer base, while reinvesting the savings into enhancing features and capabilities to deliver new market offerings.

By re-architecting its IT platform for a digital edge, and using Equinix Performance Hub and Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric), Easybook was able to scale rapidly and meet the growing demands of the online travel industry.

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals are booming with a 7 percent growth in 2017 globally to reach a total of 1,322 million. This strong growth momentum is expected to continue in 2018, with the Asia-Pacific region leading the way at an expected growth rate of 5 to 6 percent. Singapore, in particular, has seen an increase of 13.1 percent and 3.6 percent from South Asia and Southeast Asia respectively in 2017.

This increase in visitors and travel demand in the region raises the need for interconnection across the travel and hospitality industry, as this impacts the ways businesses, consumers and physical infrastructure interact with each other. According to the Global Interconnection Index, published by Equinix, Asia-Pacific’s Interconnection Bandwidth is expected to grow more than four times by 2020, reaching 1,120 Tbps, with enterprises interconnecting to cloud & IT providers use cases projected to grow the fastest at 160 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

 

With a combined solution from both Equinix and its partner, InfoFabrica, aimed at re-architecting Easybook’s IT platform for a digital edge, Easybook was able to migrate the bulk of its operational architecture to a Performance Hub located within an Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Singapore.

Equinix Performance Hub delivers a hybrid cloud model where Easybook is able to use its internal assets to drive performance while leveraging cloud service providers (CSPs) via a private and secure connection, including Microsoft Azure Cloud as its key cloud provider.

This hybrid cloud approach also enables Easybook to install and control its key databases, applications and web portals on its own servers, while freeing IT staff to focus more on strategic activities—growing the business and delivering a superior customer experience.

Easybook is also using ECX Fabric to deliver the automated, real-time provisioning of multiple CSPs, enabling it to quickly and efficiently leverage other CSPs in the future.

The direct connectivity offered by ECX Fabric means Easybook benefits from improved performance and scalability, while reducing its cloud service subscription costs by up to 40 percent, and delivering a highly secure application environment.

 

By Networks Asia staff | Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 18:35