November 10, 2014

Avis Budget Shifts to Linux to Cut Software Costs in Half

Avis Budget Group Inc. says market pressure in a more data-intensive era is forcing it to find more cost-efficient computing tools. In an effort to lower software costs and become more agile, the company will run open-source Linux software over its IBM mainframe, which it says is a less expensive and more manageable alternative to the IBM z/OS operating system it has been using.

The car rental and sharing firm’s actions demonstrate a fundamental shift in the business technology landscape as CIOs look to new systems, often open source, capable of meeting increasing data demands, and at a lower cost. Legacy vendors like IBM Corp. are under pressure to refocus efforts from core hardware offerings to software and services in time to meet this demand.

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