Using San Francisco as a hub, Virgin America is a next-generation low-fare carrier that will serve as many as ten cities within a year of operation, and up to 30 cities within five years.
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The website has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the platform to support the website, after previously using the less scalable Red Hat-sponsored Fedora open-source solution.
Since its start, Virgin America has based its IT infrastructure on Linux using varied distributions of Fedora since the launch of Fedora Core 2.
To obtain a solution with a longer lifecycle and reliable support, the airline chose to migrate its proxy servers to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
"Fedora was a fantastic solution for us as we began our journey with open source," said Ravi Simhambhatla, director of architecture and integration at Virgin America.
"As our need for fine-grained control and scalability grew, we decided to migrate to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its reputation as a resilient, secure and scalable platform as well as for its incredible support."
Fedora relies on open-source community support and is popular among hobbyists.
Virgin America's migration from Fedora to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will be completed by the end of 2007.