MLT Vacations Inc. Tackles Busy Travel Season with Oracle(R) on Linux - Expects to Save $1 Million Over Five Years

Leading Travel Company Deploys Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application

Clusters on Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Improve System Availability

and Reliability



Feb 15, 2005, 00:00 ET from Oracle Corporation

    LINUXWORLD, BOSTON, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oracle
 (Nasdaq:   ORCL) today announced that MLT Vacations Inc., one of the largest
 providers of vacation packages in the United States, is using Oracle(R)
 Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters on Red Hat Enterprise Linux to
 help reduce costs and help ensure that its reservation system and Web sites
 are up-and-running for travel agents and consumers booking vacations.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020718/ORCLLOGO )
     With more than one million people purchasing trips from MLT Vacations
 Inc.'s two brands, NWA WorldVacations and Worry-Free Vacations, annually, the
 company needed a complete technology solution that would enable its central
 reservation system and critical information for its travel/partner Web sites
 to be available virtually all of the time. MLT Vacations Inc. is also using an
 Oracle Data Warehouse to capture essential information used to make key
 business decisions, such as analyzing buying behaviors, the busiest flight
 routes and the profitability of flights.
     By replacing expensive, proprietary UNIX servers with IBM servers running
 Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters on Red Hat Enterprise
 Linux, MLT Vacations Inc. was able to improve system performance while
 decreasing technology costs. Oracle's long-standing commitment to the Linux
 platform, including validation and enterprise-class support for Oracle
 products running on Linux, was a decisive factor in MLT Vacations Inc.'s
 decision to deploy Linux. MLT Vacations Inc. expects to save approximately
 $1 million in software, hardware, training and maintenance costs over the next
 five years as a result of the investment. Due in part to the considerable
 savings, MLT Vacations Inc. plans to migrate its PeopleSoft 8 applications to
 an Oracle on Linux platform in 2005.
     "Moving to Oracle on Linux has exceeded our expectations in terms of
 performance and cost efficiencies," said Michael Kress, director of enterprise
 technology services at MLT Vacations Inc. "We were able to go live on the new
 system during the holidays, our busiest time of year, without an interruption
 in service. Our customers and extensive partner network were able to book and
 purchase vacations without a hiccup."
     Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters enable MLT Vacations
 Inc. to scale as needed to support changing business demands and to help with
 the company's disaster recovery planning. With this clustering environment,
 servers can be added or removed easily, as well as distributed across
 disparate locations, to provide a fault tolerant architecture. This
 environment also enables MLT Vacations Inc.'s Web site, reservation systems
 and applications to function during routine maintenance or when there is a
 problem with a server as the system can keep running should a server go down.
 
     About MLT Vacations Inc.
     MLT Vacations Inc.(R) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northwest Airlines
 Corporation and one of the largest providers of vacation packages in the
 United States. Worry-Free Vacations offers charter vacation packages from
 seven U.S. cities to destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean, Las Vegas and
 Florida. NWA WorldVacations offers vacation packages via scheduled air service
 to destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
 For more information, visit a professional travel agent,
 www.worryfreevacations.com or www.nwaworldvacations.com.
 
     About Oracle
     Oracle is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more
 information about Oracle, visit our Web site at http://www.oracle.com .
 
     Trademarks
     Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
 affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Oracle Corporation
    LINUXWORLD, BOSTON, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oracle
 (Nasdaq:   ORCL) today announced that MLT Vacations Inc., one of the largest
 providers of vacation packages in the United States, is using Oracle(R)
 Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters on Red Hat Enterprise Linux to
 help reduce costs and help ensure that its reservation system and Web sites
 are up-and-running for travel agents and consumers booking vacations.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020718/ORCLLOGO )
     With more than one million people purchasing trips from MLT Vacations
 Inc.'s two brands, NWA WorldVacations and Worry-Free Vacations, annually, the
 company needed a complete technology solution that would enable its central
 reservation system and critical information for its travel/partner Web sites
 to be available virtually all of the time. MLT Vacations Inc. is also using an
 Oracle Data Warehouse to capture essential information used to make key
 business decisions, such as analyzing buying behaviors, the busiest flight
 routes and the profitability of flights.
     By replacing expensive, proprietary UNIX servers with IBM servers running
 Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters on Red Hat Enterprise
 Linux, MLT Vacations Inc. was able to improve system performance while
 decreasing technology costs. Oracle's long-standing commitment to the Linux
 platform, including validation and enterprise-class support for Oracle
 products running on Linux, was a decisive factor in MLT Vacations Inc.'s
 decision to deploy Linux. MLT Vacations Inc. expects to save approximately
 $1 million in software, hardware, training and maintenance costs over the next
 five years as a result of the investment. Due in part to the considerable
 savings, MLT Vacations Inc. plans to migrate its PeopleSoft 8 applications to
 an Oracle on Linux platform in 2005.
     "Moving to Oracle on Linux has exceeded our expectations in terms of
 performance and cost efficiencies," said Michael Kress, director of enterprise
 technology services at MLT Vacations Inc. "We were able to go live on the new
 system during the holidays, our busiest time of year, without an interruption
 in service. Our customers and extensive partner network were able to book and
 purchase vacations without a hiccup."
     Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters enable MLT Vacations
 Inc. to scale as needed to support changing business demands and to help with
 the company's disaster recovery planning. With this clustering environment,
 servers can be added or removed easily, as well as distributed across
 disparate locations, to provide a fault tolerant architecture. This
 environment also enables MLT Vacations Inc.'s Web site, reservation systems
 and applications to function during routine maintenance or when there is a
 problem with a server as the system can keep running should a server go down.
 
     About MLT Vacations Inc.
     MLT Vacations Inc.(R) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northwest Airlines
 Corporation and one of the largest providers of vacation packages in the
 United States. Worry-Free Vacations offers charter vacation packages from
 seven U.S. cities to destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean, Las Vegas and
 Florida. NWA WorldVacations offers vacation packages via scheduled air service
 to destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
 For more information, visit a professional travel agent,
 www.worryfreevacations.com or www.nwaworldvacations.com.
 
     About Oracle
     Oracle is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more
 information about Oracle, visit our Web site at http://www.oracle.com .
 
     Trademarks
     Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
 affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Oracle Corporation

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