May 2005
UNIX Update;May2005, Vol. 16 Issue 5, p6
Trade Publication
This article reports on the decision of the Oregon Department of Transportation (DOT) to move its driver's license management system to Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server running on an IBM zSeries mainframe. By switching to Linux, the Department of Transportation has increased the system uptime to 99 percent while significantly reducing related information technology administration costs. Adopting an open source solution has enabled DOT to realize a 30 percent reduction in software costs, benefiting Oregon tax payers. The Oregon DOT with approximately 4,500 employees, provides a safe and efficient transportation system for a population of approximately 3.6 million Oregon residents. It had been using a custom-built mainframe system for handling driver's licenses statewide, but the system was difficult to manage or upgrade. Replacing the system was not an option because of the high acquisition cost, so DOT evaluated multiple solutions and selected SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server for the IBM zSeries mainframe because of its reliability, robustness and security and Novell's extensive support offering. Using open source development tools, DOT was able to rewrite the application in about 80 hours to run on SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server and the IBM zSeries mainframe.


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