"A Linux grid is the power behind the payment system at PayPal,
and it's converted a mainframe believer. Scott Thompson, the former
executive VP of technology solutions at Inovant, ran the Visa
subsidiary responsible for executing Visa credit card transactions
worldwide. The VisaNet system was strictly based on IBM
"In February 2005, Thompson became chief technology officer at
the eBay payments company, PayPal, where he confronted a young
Internet organization building its entire transaction processing
infrastructure on open source Linux and low-cost servers. Hmmmm, he
thought at the time..."
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