By 2023, Sabre will complete its migration to open cloud
systems, retiring mainframe technology, said chief information officer Joe
Speaking during Sabre Investor Day this week, DiFonzo said
mainframe technology has become expensive to operate, leading many companies to
move away from it. Sabre is among those.
The move will give the company both "operational
agility" and "scalability," he said.
fully migrated off the mainframe to cloud systems last June. Travelport is in
the process of migrating off the mainframe and plans to continue to do so.
Migrating to cloud systems -- Sabre will use a combination
of public clouds and a private cloud -- will reduce operating expenses by more
than $100 million annually, according to DiFonzo.
Several Sabre products across its Travel Network, Airline
Solutions and Hospitality Solutions businesses already operate independently of
the mainframe, he said, listing Sabre Red Workspace, GetThere, TripCase,
AirCentre, AirVision, Airline Inventory, SynXis Property Management and SynXis
"All of our shopping capability -- across air and
hotel, we're talking about systems that process over 20 billion shopping
transactions a month -- none of it is on the mainframe," DiFonzo said. "A
lot of stuff that's happening around Sabre really has nothing to do with the
For over a decade, Sabre has been working to route
transactions through interfaces on open systems that surround the mainframe,
"Over this time, that mainframe footprint has been
shrinking and shrinking and shrinking as more functions have been moved off the
mainframe," he said. Customers don't see the transition happening, DiFonzo
Sabre has made cost reductions to fund the investment,
citing specifically its business realignment plan announced over the summer
that included a 9% reduction of its workforce.