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PR: Mobil Travel Guide Signs Up for IBM Linux Utility Services

Oct 04, 2002, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])

IBM announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Mobil Travel Guide to provide the company with large-scale computing infrastructure on-demand over the Internet. The contract for on-demand mainframe and storage computing services is the first of its kind in the travel and transportation industry.

Under terms of the 5-year agreement, IBM will provide the Illinois-based travel guide service with on-demand access to Linux-based server processing, storage and networking capacity from IBM e-business hosting centers in the United States. Instead of the physical Web, database and application servers they currently rely on, Mobil Travel Guide will tap into "virtual servers" on IBM zSeries mainframes and Enterprise Storage Servers running Linux, paying only for the computing power and capacity they require.

Mobil Travel Guide will utilize the IBM computing resources to support the expansion of a new web-based service -- Mobil Companion -- which offers customized service for auto travelers. The Mobil Companion travel program targets upscale leisure auto travelers with benefits that include state of the art web-based travel planning, 24 hour enroute travel support services, upgraded services and preferred rates from hotels, restaurants and other travel service providers.

The Mobil Travel Companion Service will launch later this year in the United States.

"Linux Virtual Services from IBM provides us true on-demand computing power that is flexible and cost efficient," said Ralph Giannola, senior vice-president, Mobil Travel Guide. "For Mobil Travel Guide, gaining utility-like access to IBM's worldwide computing infrastructure is akin to accelerating from a one lane country road onto the Autobahn."