Win2000 drives expansion

Online car rental firm easyCar is planning to expand its operation by 200% this year, after completing a systems upgrade onto...

Online car rental firm easyCar is planning to expand its operation by 200% this year, after completing a systems upgrade onto Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Windows 2000 software.

EasyCar, which was set up in April 2000, aims to increase the number of UK sites where rental cars are available from 50 to 150 by the end of 2003.

Chris Branagan, chief technology officer at easyCar, said this rapid expansion has been made possible by the upgrade to SQL Server 2000 and Windows 2000. The software was rolled out in two months in conjunction with internet infrastructure provider Attenda, which manages the easyCar.com website.

"The upgrade to Windows 2000, together with the outsourcing to Attenda, has improved the speed and reliability of our systems," said Branagan. "It means our IT team can focus on development, rather than having to look after the infrastructure."

The Microsoft upgrade - from an NT4 and SQL 7-based system - was made easier because it fell within the scope of the application service provision agreement easyCar has with Attenda. "This meant there was no extra cost and no hefty one-off charge, which some Microsoft customers have faced," Branagan explained.

Branagan said easyCar will continue to develop its Microsoft-based architecture as it works towards achieving its target of hitting profitability by the end of 2003. "We are currently evaluating how we can migrate to .net as we can definitely see some benefits there," he said.

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