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Sabre Adopts Oracle9i RAC

November 19, 2004

In this article we see that Oracle continues to have a bastion in super-large busy databases:
Sabre Holdings, the owner of Travelocity, is turning to Oracle 9i RAC to ramp up its Travel Network business, a private distribution system used by travel agents to book hotels. The move is part of a strategy to allow agents to conduct a search for clients based on hotel amenities, said Kyle Moore, director of air shopping, car and hotels at Sabre.

Since the 1970's, Sabre had long had a reputation as one of the world's largest and busiest databases, a DBA dream:

To give agents more control over searches without clogging its IBM Transaction Processing Facility (TPF) mainframes, Sabre chose to build a clustered environment using an Oracle 9i database running Unix, Moore said.

TPF's were developed by IBM in the mid-1960s, to process and handle large airline and hotel bookings across time zones. Big Blue began selling the product in 1979.  "Our mainframes were lightening fast, but the ability to query specific type information out of them was very difficult," Moore said.

Sabre is not alone and many companies in the travel industry are now using Oracle:

Upgrading outdated systems has been a growing trend in the airline and travel industry according to analysts. Southwest Airlines also completed an upgrade of its Oracle DBMSes onto Oracle9i.  Southwest still uses several Sybase systems and SQL Server for some commercial off-the-shelf software. The airline has also been mulling over Linux plans.


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