SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linux, Open Systems Move Out Enterprise's Mainframe
Dec 17, 2003, 20:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)
[ Thanks to Michael
S. Mimoso for this link. ]
"What problems were you having with Low-Fare Lookup, and
why did you think moving away from a mainframe-centric architecture
could help solve them?
"Walker: Low-fare searches are driven by Web
customers and don't really not gain much revenue because the
look-ratios are very high. A lot more people browse than really
buy. So we needed to drive down the costs of the technology as much
as possible. With that in mind, when we started looking at our
reservation system in 2000, we knew that we wanted to go to Linux
on commodity servers.
"The low-fare search can be horizontally scaled, so with Linux
we can just throw more boxes at it and, if one of those boxes
fails, it really doesn't matter..."
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