Sabre Holdings Standardizes on FUSE Open Source ESB

Sabre Holdings, parent of the world-renown Sabre travel reservation system and Travelocity.com, will standardize on Progress Software's FUSE open source ESB for real-time integration and SOA with its B2B partners.

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Sabre Holdings, parent of the world-renown Sabre travel reservation system and Travelocity.com, will standardize on Progress Software's FUSE open source ESB for real-time integration and SOA with its B2B partners.

The Sabre decision to settle on FUSE as a standard component in its infrastructure reflects how far open source ESBs have matured in their ability to deliver fault-tolerant, mission-critical integration, executives from both companies said.

Sabre, officials said, will use FUSE as a key element in its Sabre Supply-Side Gateway to meet two (2) distinct goals:
  • To provide 'continuous uptime' for real-time B2B operations; and
  • To provide ease of use between Sabre and its suppliers.


  • "Our main goal at Sabre is maintaining continuous uptime and stability and flexibility for our partners," said Robert Wiseman, CTO at Sabre, in a statement. Sabre wanted the flexibility of open source technology from a strong community like the Apache Software Foundation, Sabre's Wiseman said. In addition, Sabre wanted the level of testing, support and quality of service that Progress' open source products guarantee, according to the companies, he added.

    Sabre Holdings supports travelers, travel agents, corporations and travel suppliers through its companies: Travelocity, Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, the company has approximately 9,000 employees in 59 countries. Full year 2006 revenues totaled $2.8 billion.

    And, why open source? Wiseman noted that with an open source ESB, Sabre is able to access the source code and is protected against vendor lock-in. Moreover, with Progress FUSE, the company also is assured their open source ESB choice will adhere to industry standards.

    Wiseman offered a more detailed statement concerning Sabre's selection of Progress' FUSE ESB: "When evaluating solutions, we recognized that FUSE ESB was designed at its core to support standards that would allow for a pluggable architecture so that our partners could continue to use their preferred solutions. We selected Progress based on its dedication to deliver and support industry standards-based pluggable architecture and its focus on providing the highest quality products to meet all of its customers' demands."

    At Progress, FUSE officials were gladdened by the selection: "Progress is committed to solving mission critical problems with standards-based solutions," said Ken Rugg, vice president and general manager, Integration Infrastructure, Progress Software, in the statement. "Sabre is able to deploy a flexible, open source solution with FUSE while knowing that there is an enterprise software company with a proven track record backing the solution."

    Sabre has a peak volume of 32,000 transactions per second on its open systems and legacy host. Even with this high level of business-critical traffic, Sabre Holdings' IT staff is has wide experience with open source ESB options.

    The company has deployed several solutions, including FUSE ESB based on Apache ServiceMix, FUSE Message Broker based on Apache ActiveMQ, and FUSE Mediation Router based on Apache Camel. All implementations are tested, certified and fully supported releases of the Apache Software Foundation's SOA open source projects.





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