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Cendant Travel Distribution Services Taps IBM eServer Systems and Linux for Expansion of Global Galileo 360 Degrees Fares(TM) System

Cendant Lowers IT Expenditures by 90 Percent for Galileo 360 Degrees Fares Service Using Linux on IBM eServer Systems

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DALLAS, TX - 06 May 2004: Cendant Travel Distribution Services (TDS), one of the world's largest and most geographically diverse collection of travel brands and distribution businesses, and a division of Cendant Corp., is taking advantage of industry standards-based IBM eServer systems running Linux to support its mission-critical Galileo 360 Degrees Fares system.

Galileo 360 Degrees Fares, which typically handles 300 to 400 transactions per second, processes millions of fares from over 500 airlines across the world to provide fare pricing information to travel and airline agents, as well as consumers.

By selecting IBM and moving off of a non-IBM UNIX solution to Red Hat on Linux on Intel-based IBM xSeries servers, Cendant estimates that it will reduce planned IT expenditures for the Galileo 360 Degrees Fares system by 90 percent over three years.

"As our existing system became increasingly expensive to operate, we began looking for a new solution," said Robert Wiseman, chief technology officer, Cendant TDS. "We chose IBM Intel-based clustered systems and Linux because the combination provides a sustainable 99.999 percent reliability through a highly redundant, scalable architecture, coupled with a consistent infrastructure. Using Linux on Intel-based servers helped us establish our goal of a 'cookie-cutter architecture' that we can replicate across our organization to simplify the overall data center infrastructure, and significantly lower operating costs."

"By standardizing the architecture, we have reusable components that allow us to rapidly develop and deploy new services and applications to meet our customers' needs to be competitive in the market place," said Bryan Harwood, director of platform architecture, Cendant TDS. "The resources and people needed to support our standardized architecture are considerably less because every solution does not require a customized design."

"By using industry-based standards, companies like Cendant can be much more creative with their IT architecture, without sacrificing the transaction processing reliability and availability that are critical to the travel industry," said Marty Salfen, general manager, IBM Travel & Transportation Industry. "Our goal is to accelerate our customers' ability to be as responsive as possible to market demands in ways that maximize their productivity."

IBM Global Services helped Cendant develop and implement the migration strategy. Currently Cendant's entire North American Galileo 360 Degrees Fares system has migrated to the new system, and by the end of the year it will encompass all international faring as well. Additionally, IBM Global Services coordinated the installation of the xSeries systems and maintains the ongoing operations of the Galileo 360 Degrees Fares system. Value-added reseller PEAK Resources, Inc., an IBM premier business partner headquartered in Colorado, worked in concert with the Cendant project managers to acquire, integrate and stage the IBM systems to ensure next day delivery of IBM systems to the Cendant data center.

The Galileo 360 Degrees Fares system is running Red Hat Linux version 3.0 on more than 100 clustered IBM eServer x440 and x445 systems. Based on IBM mainframe-class technology, the IBM x440 and x445 are high-performance, 4-way and 8-way SMP servers that use Intel Xeon(TM)-based processors, allowing Cendant to link together these low-cost servers in powerful clusters or computing grids.

Cendant TDS is also employing more than six IBM eServer BladeCenter systems powered by 140 Intel Xeon(TM)-based processors to run a corollary operation for its Neat.com brand, which provides information on packaged vacations. Many of Cendant Travel Distribution Services' other travel related processing activities, such as schedules, availability, purchasing and ticketing, are run on IBM zSeries eServer systems.

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