platform and an outsourcing solution," said Tom Killalea, the company's vice president of infrastructure.
Soon, Amazon will be able to add another title to its collection: pure-Linux enterprise. Killalea announced in his keynote presentation at LinuxWorld
on Wednesday that Amazon's last holdout application--the company's 14-terabyte-plus data warehouse--will be moved over to Linux servers running
Oracle's Real Application Clusters (RAC) software by the end of the second quarter of this year.
Amazon started its move to Linux in 2000, when it switched its Web servers to the open-source operating system. Over the past four years, Killalea
said, the Seattle company has moved more and more of its infrastructure from Sun Unix servers to HP ProLiant servers running Linux. In an October 2001
filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company claimed that Linux had allowed it to cut its technology expenses by $16 million--a
reduction of nearly 25 percent.