Bridge Point gives Virgin a piece of its Radware

Bridge Point gives Virgin a piece of its Radware

The airline industry in Australia might have shrunk 33 per cent with the collapse of Ansett this week, but for one Queensland reseller the vertical couldn't get any better.

Formed two years ago, Bridge Point Communications secured a high-profile customer early in its existence when the company signed on as the technology provider for Richard Branson's Virgin Blue airline. The integrator has now completed the rollout of a bandwidth-management project that will fast-track the airline's online ticket ordering system.

Bridge Point installed two Web Server Director appliances from Israeli-based network provisioning vendor Radware. The appliances and associated services provided by Bridge Point will load balance Web-based requests to Virgin Blue's ticket processing system. It does this by "intelligently" deciding which server has the least traffic, so as to minimise the time it takes to process each booking.

According to Bridge Point's Rob Siganto, who managed the rollout, the system is designed to provide customers with the most positive online experience possible.

Bridge Point has expanded its relationship with Virgin Blue since it began network infrastructure consulting work for the airline two years ago. The integrator now also provides security and network management services.

Deriving around 50 per cent of its revenues from security consulting work and 50 per cent from traditional networking services, the company has plans to expand into other capital cities around Australia in the near future, Siganto said.

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