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SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: Giant gets some rest, thanks to Linux

Nov 29, 2000, 00:04 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

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"Most workers look forward to pay day."

"But for information technology managers Gary Brite and Mark Moehling pay days were days of dread.Their employer, Phoenix-based Giant Industries Inc., was plagued by an Oracle payroll processing system running on Microsoft Windows NT that crashed several times a week. On other days, it just ran like a tortoise."

"We always sweated getting those 3,000 payroll checks cut on time," says Brite, IT technical services manager for Giant, a refiner and marketer of petroleum products."

"Pay day was just one of countless days of misery for Giant's IT staff. Unexplainable, excessive and constant downtime and poor system performance were fueling user frustration. Giant was growing rapidly, but its existing Windows NT servers and technology infrastructure seemed incapable of handling a greater load."

"The company finally found relief in Linux. Today, Giant's server uptime is close to 100 percent and costs of ownership of systems running on the Linux platform is headed down."

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