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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linux, Open Systems Move Out Enterprise's Mainframe

Dec 17, 2003, 20:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

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"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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