The partnership will enable the transformation of the airline's computing environment to run on a hybrid cloud architecture built on Red Hat OpenShift


The migration is expected to allow the US airlines to increase its speed to market capabilities. (Credit: Cor Gaasbeek from Pixabay)

US-based Delta Air Lines has signed a multi-year agreement with technology giant IBM to migrate its applications to the public cloud.

The migration is expected to allow the US airline operator to increase its agility, speed to market and innovation capabilities around digital transformation.

As part of the expanded partnership with Delta, IBM will offer its technology and industry expertise to modernise and migrate the airline’s applications to the public cloud.

The multi-year deal is expected to result in transforming Delta’s computing environment to run on a hybrid cloud architecture built on Red Hat OpenShift.

The transformation is anticipated to provide a consistent, standards-based approach to development, security and operations across clouds.

Delta Air Lines chief information officer and executive vice president Rahul Samant said: “As an airline industry leader, we understand the critical need to constantly evolve our digital presence and enhance our customer and employee experience to not only help respond quickly to the dynamic changing conditions but also reinforce brand loyalty from our customers.

“As one of many integral steps we are taking to advance our digital business transformation, IBM will help us migrate to the cloud and create a new operating model that will transform and modernize our technology platform.”

Utilising the IBM Garage Methodology and IBM hybrid cloud software, IBM’s team of experts are expected to modernise existing applications and co-create new solutions with Delta teams for the global airline’s transformation.

The partnership is expected to provide software engineering productivity for Delta as well as result in improved customer experience in the future.

In January last year, Delta Air Lines announced a multi-year partnership with IBM to explore quantum computing applications to transform experiences for customers and employees.

The company had also joined the IBM Q Network that consists of startups, academic institutions and research labs working to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications.