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LinuxPlanet: Tux Makes Orbitz Fly High

Aug 14, 2003, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

"As e-commece technology and business models mature, many companies are re-examining the tools they initially used to open their virtual storefronts. One such e-firm is the travel mogul Orbitz, which recently made a major migration to Linux systems...

"For example, if a customer has $200 to spend and wants to know where they can go for the weekend, the Orbitz system might search for fares across several different weekends, as well as many different destinations. Couple that with having to search through all the various flight times, stopovers, connections, etc. and one can see how powerful the search engines needed to be.

"A search could generate 2 billion fare and flight combinations at a time. A new feature, FlexSearch, allows 42 different date combinations cross-matched with hundreds of different fares.

"So how did Orbitz handle this monumental task? Initially, with Sun. Now, however, Linux servers are carrying much of the load..."

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