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Virgin America CIO Lauds Open Source Savings

Aug 13, 2010, 18:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"BOSTON-- Virgin America is one of the U.S's newest airlines and its IT infrastructure is mostly open source. That's the message coming from Ravi Simhambhatla, VA's CIO who delivered a keynote at LinuxCon titled "Selling the Value of Open Source When Cost is Not the Driver."

"Though cost was not the primary driver for VA moving to open source, Simhambhatla did note that open source is saving the airlines millions of dollars. From an organizational point of view, Simhambhatla said he is trying to make his IT team an innovation team, not just one that is doing the IT plumbing like email.

"In terms of the open source platforms used at VA, he said they're using Apache Tomcat, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and MySQL as part of their core infrastructure."

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