Air New Zealand's acting CIO, Andrew Care, is winging his way to the LinuxWorld conference in the US to let it be known that the airline is happily implementing Linux on one of its IBM mainframes.
Air New Zealand is one of 10 large companies moving to Linux with IBM. Big Blue is touting the customer stories at the San Francisco conference as evidence that the open source operating system has hit prime time.
Air New Zealand’s move is part of the extension of its outsourcing contract with IBM Global Services announced last week. As part of the agreement, the airline will replace about 150 Compaq servers with a single mainframe – IBM’s flagship zSeries – running Linux, IBM Websphere application server, DB2 database and Tivoli software. As part of the switch Air New Zealand will replace 4000 Microsoft Exchange email and file and print clients with the open source email application Bynari.
Air New Zealand is one of the largest IT users in the country.
The other nine customers going down the Linux on mainframe track are Deutsche Telekom, 7-Eleven, baked goods company Wolfermans, Westport River Winery, Satellite Records, The Jet Propulsion laboratory, the Australian government social services department Centrelink, Mississippi State University and e-business consulting firm Triaton. An HP customer, L-3 Communications, is also using Linux to run airport baggage systems.