Travel web services take open source route


Travel web services take open source route

Airline ticketing giant Galileo is building an XML web services architecture based on open source systems to support the travel industry.

Robert Wiseman, chief technology officer at Galileo, said, "We are looking to deploy Linux wherever we can." He hopes to run the web services on Intel-based Linux servers, but will use Unix systems where performance is critical. For the majority of web services, Wiseman will deploy Jakata Tomcat application servers, which support Java-based web services. Significantly, Tomcat is licensed under the Apache Software licence which makes it free for commercial use. Web services are also being built using IBM Websphere and Microsoft .net.

Leigh Brazier, development manager at Virgin TravelStore, a beta user of the system, said using web services would avoid the need to connect to Galileo over an expensive leased line.

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